OGDEN -- It's not every day that pirates bake cakes, have tea or make craft projects, but Thursday night was the exception at the Treehouse Children's Museum as families from the Davis/Morgan Head Start program participated in a pirate diversity night.
This is the second year for the free event and about 700 people participated.
Christine Ipsen, family and community partnership manager for the program, said they try to hold family events once per quarter, but the Treehouse event is one of the biggest.
"We like to promote literacy, learning and family activity," Ipsen said of the events.
They also try to hold activities that families could continue at home.
Everyone loves the Treehouse because there are so many different activities and opportunities to learn about diversity, Ipsen said.
All the attendees had the chance to make their own pirate hats, which were everywhere. Some children also sported eye patches and pirate scarves.
Families laughed and giggled as they watched a play put on by the staff and loved it when some students got to join in the play and "walk the plank" or make faces like pirates.
Jorge Avendano, attending with his daughter, loved the event.
"It gets the kids away from the video games and the TV," he said with a laugh.
That's one of the biggest reasons he likes to come to the Head Start events -- to get his family out and away from the normal things of life.
"When they have activities we always try to come," he said.
"Look at me! I'm a fireman!" proclaimed 6-year-old Andy Anderson.
His mom, Alicia Anderson, laughed and patted his shoulder as he proudly displayed his dress-up attire. Her children love the Treehouse, so when their family has the chance to come for free, they jump on it.
Alicia is the president of her son's class and meets regularly with the Head Start staff to plan activities and make sure things are running well.
"It helps so much more than if I just take my kid and drop them off," she said. "The Head Start program is amazing and gets my kids ready for school."
Brett Lund is the fatherhood/volunteer specialist for Davis/Morgan Head Start and said that the community partnerships are a big key to the program's success. He credits the Treehouse for their willingness to work with them for the diversity night, as well as providing passes for impoverished families to be able to attend the Treehouse at other times.
Kohl's Department Store in Clinton also helped by sending volunteers and a financial donation.
Lund added that the Treehouse also supports their fatherhood program called FISH -- Fathers Involved Shaping Head Start children.
"They are providing a fun and educational place for fathers to connect with their children and be that positive learning role model, something that many of our children lack in their lives," Lund said.