Whistle Stop celebrates Father’s Day in superhero style

Ronna LawlessStaff Writer
Whistle Stop celebrates Father’s Day in superhero style

The Whistle Stop Academy in Huxley held a Superhero Training Academy Friday, and some of the best superheroes of all were invited — dads.

Six classes at the child care center and preschool were involved in the morning-long festivities, which included eight separate “Training Academy Stations.”

Activities included Superhero check in, Flash’s obstacle course, Spider-Man bounce house, Batman tug of war, Captain America lava pit, Superman leap tall building in a single bound, Wonder Woman bam-pop-pow, Hulk strongman and Super Girl face painting.

Whistle Stop owner Keri Alleman said she’s held a “Frozen” celebration in January, and at that time one of her students, Ramsey Roelfs, suggested that the next one should be about superheroes.

Tyler Roelfs and his children, London, 5, Ramsey, 4, and Priya, 2, were all dressed in superhero costumes for the party. Roelfs explained that his son’s enthusiasm for Superman knows no bounds. “One day I was walking down the stairs at our house and Ramsey was walking behind me, and all of a sudden he decided to fly down the stairs,” Roelfs said. “So there he was tumbling down the stairs, and he ended up fracturing his leg.”

But clearly, the leg is healed judging by all the jumping Ramsey was doing in the bouncy house.

Hunter Lee, 5, was also one of the kids who dressed in costume for the Superhero Training. Decked out as Thor, he said he was having fun, but he had to leave his hammer at home.