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    Updated on Mar 24, 2020. Posted on Mar 23, 2020

    This Dad Threw A Daddy-Daughter Dance For His Girls At Home After The School Dance Was Canceled Due To The Coronavirus

    The dance must go on.

    Chances are that if you’ve seen a funny viral dad tweet over the last few years, it was by James Breakwell — aka Exploding Unicorn — who has amassed more than a million followers with tweets like:

    Me: What did you do at school today? 5-year-old: Learned about dragons. Me: Your class learned about dragons? 5: I learned about dragons. I don't know what everybody else was doing.

    It’s a good thing James is funny, because with four daughters (that's right...FOUR DAUGHTERS!), a sense of humor is a must!

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    The above photo is a few years old. Betsy is now 9, Mae is 7, Lucy is 5, and Waffle (her nickname) is 4.

    Like the rest of us, James and his family have been self-isolating, which has led to some very relatable tweets:

    7-year-old: Can we leave the house? Me: We could go for a walk. 7: And then what? Me: Come back to the house. 7: I'll just stay here.

    Me: We're always home. We should clean more. 9-year-old: Or we should stop cleaning since no one can come over. Me: Let's run that by Mom.

    Me: Did you finish your online schoolwork? 7-year-old: Yes. Me: So you don't mind if I check? 7: You don't know how to check. Touché.

    Wife: *eats a third doughnut* Me: I'm impressed. No more diet? Wife: Quarantine calories don't count.

    Last weekend, though, was hard for his girls. They were supposed to attend their school’s daddy-daughter dance on Saturday night, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus.

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    “My kids love to dance,” James told BuzzFeed, “so they were really disappointed.”

    Thankfully, James’s wife Lola hatched the idea: Why not surprise the girls with a daddy-daughter dance at home?

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    “We had enough people for it,” James said. “There’s an upside to having way too many kids.”

    So, on Saturday afternoon, James and Lola sent the kids into their room with a big bowl of popcorn to watch a movie. “We told them not to come out no matter what,” James said. They then frantically blew up balloons...

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    ...set up a snack table...

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    ...and made a makeshift photo booth using a green screen that James uses for YouTube videos. “The photo booth is always the kids’ favorite part of real dances, so I wanted to re-create that experience here,” James said.

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    James also found a YouTube video that was just a screen flashing different colors for 10 hours, so he put that on their TVs and computers downstairs. "When we turned off all the other lights, the space actually looked like a real dance," James said.

    James and Lola then told the girls to put on their best party dresses and come downstairs. According to James, they were completely surprised and looked a little like this:

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    James says the girls had a blast and "alternated between dancing..."

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    "...and taking silly photos in the photo booth."

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    The girls also played limbo using some glow sticks Lola had leftover from Halloween...

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    ...and even stuck a glow stick bracelet around their pet pig Gilly’s ear. "She didn’t seem to mind," James said. (Yes, they have a pet pig...two, actually!)

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    All in all, the party lasted about two hours and the girls had a blast.

    The local Daddy-Daughter Dance was canceled due to the coronavirus, so we threw one of our own at home. We even invited Mom since it was sort of her idea.

    James says, "The dance made it easier for the kids to get through this. They miss their friends and school and are going a little stir-crazy. This helped them burn off excess energy and showed we can still have fun at home."

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    "I hope it created some good memories for them. When they look back at 2020, I don’t want them to remember the fear or uncertainty. I want them to remember having a great time with their family."

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    You can check out James' humorous parenting book How to Save Your Child from Ostrich Attacks, Accidental Time Travel, and Anything Else that Might Happen on an Average Tuesday and his new book Prance Like No One's Watching: A Guided Journal for Exploding Unicorns, a guided journal for kids ages 7–10 (which actually sounds like a great way to keep kids entertained when they’re stuck at home for weeks at a time).