It’s a party for the past, to educate and encourage little girls.
“I love learning about history and doing crazy, fun art projects,” Matilda smiled.
“It’s really fun and you get to learn a lot of new things," Indy said.
“The seeds I hope will flourish are a knowledge of history and knowing about different women and how they overcame obstacles,” Erin Kelly, founder, described.
It’s the purpose of the program, Powerful Princess!
“You can have the fun of dress up and the drama of princesses but you can get some stronger role models”
The lessons are simple: show the kids what it means to be smart, strong and self sufficient through tales of fierce female leaders.
“We all have power inside ourselves but we don’t know it sometimes or we forget it sometimes so these stories are teaching them new things but they’re also reminding us of the power inside”
This workshop brought us back to ancient Egypt for the cunning and captivating Cleopatra!
“I find her fascinating,” Zoe, an 8-year-old.
“She is smart and she really loves others,” Georgia described.
Erin Kelly started it as a school club several years ago after seeing her daughter idolize characters like Cinderella.
"All the Princesses she liked were about waiting for a man and that’s not what I wanted her to learn,” she said.
Many of these girls have been coming for years, completely immersing themselves in the history and culture.
“How do you say I love you in Arabic?" I asked Indy. "'Ahabak," she replied.
“You went to see a professor?" I asked Zoe. "Yes! He taught me some Arabic and I also learned some hieroglyphs."
Keeping the kids entertained takes the right combination of fun, facts and of course, food. But what’s most important is that the information and lessons seem to be sticking.
“Cleopatra can be strong even when things bring her down and that’s what I want to try to do,” Matilda said.
Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi