Fairy Tale Night: CYSS captures storybook atmosphere at MOMC event

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Soldiers and their children had the chance to pose with several storybook characters during the Child. Youth and School Services event held at the Nehelani, April 15 and April 16.

Soldiers and their children had the chance to pose with several storybook characters during the Child. Youth and School Services event held at the Nehelani, April 15 and April 16.

Christine Cabalo
Staff Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Storybook heroes burst into reality during “A Fairytale Adventure,” a costumed dinner hosted by Child, Youth and School Services, April 15 and April 16, at the Nehelani, here.

Photo courtesy of Brian Atkins Brian Atkins, executive officer of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and his daughter, Erin, share a dance during the “Fairytale Adventure” costumed dinner at the Nehelani, Friday.

Photo courtesy of Brian Atkins
Brian Atkins, executive officer of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and his daughter, Erin, share a dance during the “Fairytale Adventure” costumed dinner at the Nehelani, Friday.

The two-night event featured a variety of fairy tale-themed activities for families who were invited to dress up as their favorite story characters.

Service members and children got the royal treatment, with the opportunity to take photos inside Cinderella’s carriage, get a princess makeover and more.

Many appreciated how CYSS staff accommodated each family, including Sgt. Joseph Myers, a satellite network controller with Delta Company, 53rd Signal Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

“We thought it would be a good experience for (my daughter) and ordered her a princess dress,” Myers said. “She’s told us she was looking forward to dancing and meeting the other princesses.”

John Farley (left) looks through historically accurate swords with his 4-year-old daughter, Syndhl during the April 15 session of "A Fairytale Adventure."

John Farley (left) looks through historically accurate swords with his 4-year-old daughter, Syndhl during the April 15 session of “A Fairytale Adventure.”

The Myers’ 4-year-old daughter Alena was dressed up as Disney character Sofia the First. She and other event attendees could have their photo taken with several of the Disney characters at the event.

Among those dressed up to meet the party attendees included Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” Belle and Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” Snow White, Rapunzel, Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” and Cinderella.  There were also famous storybook villains, including Maleficent and Ursula from “The Little Mermaid.”

This was the second year “A Fairytale Adventure” has been held. The event sold out the year before.

The family-friendly evening had a flexible schedule, offering parents the choice between joining in one of the two available nights.

Four-year-old Army child Alena Myers stands with costumed characters Elsa and Anna from "Frozen" during "A Fairytale Adventure" held April 15. The event was coordinated by Child, Youth and School Services and one of several programs offered.

Four-year-old Army child Alena Myers stands with costumed characters Elsa and Anna from “Frozen” during “A Fairytale Adventure.”

Synthia McNamara, parent and outreach services director at CYSS and event coordinator, said her office hosted the costumed dinner specifically in celebration of the Month of the Military Child.

During the evening, Applause! Performance Academy students danced and sang. A disc jockey provided music for attendees to enjoy the dance floor. There were also interactive booths where the crafty could find their inner prince and princess.

The CYSS staff helped crafters design crowns and knight helmets using markers, gems, feathers and other decorations.

“I made a knight’s mask,” said Ava Balog, 5. “I like hearts and feathers, with silver and blue.”

For those who wanted a hands-on approach to becoming a fairy tale hero, they had the chance to fence with swords and see other historically accurate knight equipment from Schola Saint George.

The local chapter of the international organization regularly practices sparing with swords and other weapons using techniques from historical European martial arts.

Attendees could also try on the equipment and ask the organization members questions and met the local chapter vice president, Colin Chock.
The CYSS staff members said the goal of the event was to offer a magical experience for Soldiers and their families as they go through the challenges of a military lifestyle.

“We want to ensure all the families have a good time,” said Suzanne King, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. “This event helps us make children’s dreams come true, so they feel like princes and princesses.”

A dressed up Cinderella lines up to get her photo taken inside the Cinderella carriage available for families to take photos in during the event at the Nehelani.

A dressed up Cinderella lines up to get her photo taken inside the Cinderella carriage available for families to take photos in during the event at the Nehelani.

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