It's time to shine those shoes and press those dresses.
Local groups are gearing up for a season of Valentine's Day dances for families. Some are designed for dads and daughters. Others are designed for mothers and sons. And some are designed for the whole crew to spend a fun evening together.
Here's where to find them:
The the 10th annual Triangle Daddy Daughter Dance and the third annual Mother Son Valentine Ball will be held at the North Raleigh Hilton. They both are at 6 p.m., Feb. 6. Tickets start at about $67 for a parent-child pair (through Jan. 23 when prices go up). An event for couples is scheduled for Jan. 13.
Cary's annual Daddy-Daughter Dance is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O'Dell Place. Best for ages 4 to 12. This one sells out quickly and, at last check, there were just a handful of spots remaining for Feb. 5. Tickets are $39 for a daughter-dad pair and $17 for each additional daughter. Pre-registration is required for this event. Get on it if you want to attend.
The annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at Laurel Hills Community Center on Edwards Mills Road in Raleigh is 6:30 p.m .to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 12. Tickets are $15 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Tickets include heavy hors d'oeuvres, a flower for each daughter and door prizes. A photo area will be set up and staff will be available to take pictures. Pre-registration required. Contact the community center to get your tickets.
Orange County parks will hold its Family Valentine's Dance from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 12, at the Central Recreation Center. Tickets are $10 per person and include light refreshments, DJ, and one 5 X 7 photo of you and your child. This is for the whole family, not just dads and daughters. Mothers and sons are welcome too. Registration required by Feb. 5. This one will fill up.
Nash County's annual Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 6, at the Nash County Ag Center. Registration is due by Jan. 29. The event is for dads (or male family member) and their daughters, who are in kindergarten to fifth grade. The cost is $25 per couple and $5 for each extra child.
Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center will host its annual Daddy Daughter Dance from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Feb. 20. The dance is for dads and their daughters ages 3 to 16. Tickets, which are $45 for Smithfield residents and $50 for non-residents, including entertainment, appetizers and a photo. There's a $5 charge for each additional daughter. You must register at the center. Call 919-934-2148 for details. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Feb. 16.
Goldsboro's Daddy Daughter Dance is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 12, at Herman Park Center, 901 E. Ash St. Tickets are $10 per person. For ages 4 to 12 and their dads. Call 919-739-7480 for details.
Benson Parks and Recreation Department's Daddy Daughter Dance is 7 p.m., Feb. 13, at the Benson Civic Center. Girls ages 5 and up are invited to spend a night with dad. Pre-paid reservation is required. Space is limited. Tickets are $10 per couple for residents and $15 per couple for non-residents. Registration deadline is Jan. 30. Call 919-894-5117 for more information.