FATHOMS BELOW: GBPL hosts ‘Under the Sea Mermaid Tea’

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As the line from the classic Disney movie says, “Life is so much better where it’s wettest, under the sea” and Great Bend Public Library gave visitors the chance to experience an underwater party Saturday morning as she hosted ‘Under the Sea Mermaid’. Tea” for children of all ages.

Visitors had the opportunity to join Ariel and her friends from the animated film “The Little Mermaid” for a mermaid tea party. Children’s librarian Jessica Ney hoped it would be a chance for parents and children to feel a little more special.

“I hope they all feel like royalty,” she said. “The (children) become princesses, and they become kings, and they become little mermen and little mermaids. It’s just a fun time.

Music from the popular movie provided a background atmosphere for the morning festivities. The tables were decorated in pink and navy, with seashells and sequins, with paper coral hanging from the ceiling to set the mood for the party.

As a result, many young people accompanied by adult guests attended the morning tea in their most beautiful and shining “under the sea” regalia, as princesses, mermaids and tritons. But Ney hoped the event would be about more than children.

“(We want families) to have the chance to bond and really be a family,” she said.

A buffet of ocean-themed treats greeted afternoon tea guests, including goldfish, gummy fish, sweet “starfish” sandwiches, crab-shaped cream-filled buns, cookie sandwiches designed to look like clams, rock candy “coral,” mermaid pudding splatters, and more.

While the guests dined, the youngsters colored and created mermaid crowns decorated with handcrafted gemstones and sequins. Other mermaid-themed coloring pages were also available for children.

Tea time also included a story, “How to Catch a Mermaid,” by children’s author Adam Wallace, and an underwater station for parents to take photos of children dressed in their best attire.

A mermaid-themed board game and Mermaid Twister were also available for children, program time permitting, Ney said.

The special theme “Under the Sea” is linked to the theme of the library’s summer reading program, “Oceans of Possibilities”.

“It’s an opportunity for them to think about the possibilities of what it would be like if you were a mermaid, and we got together and had tea,” Ney said.

The library will host other themed programs and activities throughout the summer. Visit greatbendpl.info or call the library at 620-792-2409.

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