PMA’S ‘GIRLS NIGHT OUT’ SUPPLIES QUALITY TIME FOR BUSY FAMILIES

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METHUEN — With both parents working and their children busy with school and extracurricula activites, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day for them to spend time together.

In an effort to help bring mothers and daughters closer together, parent Andrea Korbey created “Girls Night Out” at Presentation of Mary Academy.

“We want to encourage family togetherness and family fun,” Korbey said of the event. “Once these girls go to college, there’s no interaction.”

The cold did not keep the crowd away from the event held on Jan. 26. Mothers and daughters flocked to the old gym to be pampered.

Between the back massages, mini facials and manicures, the mothers and daughters had the opportunity to make their own jewelry or learn swing dancing from Mimi Kolodziej.

Lexi Norton, a freshman from Boxford, attended the event with her mother Dawn, and though she decided to swing dance with her classmates, she knew the true meaning of the event.

“I thought it would be fun because my mom works a lot because she owns her business,” Norton said. “And I’m busy at school studying. I thought it would be nice to spend time with her.”

Korbey explained the event is by no means a fundraiser.

“We just want the mothers and daughters to have fun and spend time together,” she said.

The girls tended to flock around the chocolate fountains. Tamara Jardine decided to make her popcorn chocolate covered with the help of her friend Jessica Brasil.

“This is hard to do without a spoon,” Jardine said as she tried to move the chocolate from the fountain to her popcorn. “Isn’t there an easier way to do this?”

Jardine and Brasil used Rice Krispy treats to help move the chocolate.

Korbey’s daughter Ashley said she was happy her mother created the event three years ago.

“We always have fun,” Korbey said. “We don’t usually get to spend a lot of time with our parents.”