Over 300 check out Mommy and Me Fun Night


Children are entertained with arts and crafts while adults are educated on self-care programs during the Mommy and Me Fun Night last Friday evening at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center. (Photos ERWIN ENCINARES)

Over 300 children and their parents checked out last Friday evening’s 2nd Mommy and Me Fun Night at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe.

The event boasted several child-centric or kid-friendly booths that included the Community Guidance Center, the Crisis Counseling Program, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Women’s Affairs Office, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Commonwealth Health Care Corp.’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the Northern Marianas College, among several others.

Monique Sablan, the Office of the Governor’s special assistant for the Youth Affairs Office, told Saipan Tribune yesterday that, while the exact number has not been confirmed, she recalls over 300 registered visitors for the evening.

“The whole focus of this event…is health, wellness, and self-care,” Sablan said. “Every single booth has to do with making lives better for moms, mommy figures, daddy figures, or even [fathers] who play the double parent role.”

“We also wanted to make sure that every single booth had something to offer to children, so while the parent is learning, the children are preoccupied with [booth activities],” she added.

Unlike last year, this year’s Mommy and Me Fun Night included parental figures that did not just focus on mothers and their children. This year, Sablan said, the event was open to all families while also keeping the event as gender-neutral as possible for the children.

“I believe it is our job to deposit memories into a child’s life. The role of my office is to develop and help [children] learn while promoting family and community development,” Sablan said.

The one-night event provided children with a space and time with their parents while ensuring that they have fun.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.
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