Monon Center plans  annual Princess Ball for dads, daughters

Princess style horse-drawn carriage rides from the Breezy Lane Carriage Company of Kokomo. (Submitted photo)

Princess style horse-drawn carriage rides from the Breezy Lane Carriage Company of Kokomo. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

Traci Broman wanted to make the Monon Community Center’s Daddy-Daughter dance a bit more special for the attendees.

So she had an idea to transform it into a Princess Ball.

“It’s an upscaled version of your typical daddy-daughter dance,” said Broman, the events supervisor for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. “There are a lot of daddy-daughter dances at other parks and places around the area. I really wanted to be an opportunity for dads to show their daughters how they can be treated on a date and have a nicer evening.”

This will be the fourth year for the Princess Ball, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Monon Community Center Multipurpose Rooms in the East Building. The event is not limited to fathers, uncles, grandfathers and older role models are welcome to attend with the princesses.

Broman said the age group for the girls is typically from 4 to 12.

“We max out at 300 (people) and we will probably fill up again,” Broman said. “Last year we filled up by the end of January. It’s probably our biggest winter event. We’re limited a little bit on size in the winter (for events) than we are in the summer with our parks. It’s definitely one of our bigger and most fancy and elaborate events that we do.”

Broman said there will be a DJ to provide music for the dancing. There are hot hors d’oeuvres and a punch fountain.

“We have horse-drawn carriage rides designed from the same company that did the Cinderella carriages,” Broman said. “So they are domed-shaped and have lights all over them.”

Crafts and games are also available, Broman said. The cost is $20 per person. To register, visit

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