As mothers and sons entered Chick-fil-A of North Augusta on Friday evening, they crossed over a draw bridge into a medieval decorated castle for Mother-Son Date Knight.
Carter McDiarmid attended the event with his mother, Christina, and was in complete awe of the décor.
“As soon as we walked in he said, ‘We’re in a castle. I’m the king and you’re the queen’,” she said of her 5-year-old son.
The night was a chance to spend one-on-one time with Carter, she said.
“I have two other kids, so I don’t always get to do things with just the two of us,” she said. “I’m having fun and I think he is too.”
When she asked him if he was having fun too, he responded with a big smile before saying “Yes!”
Registration for the event opened April 13 and within a few days, the slots were all filled with registrations for 60 moms and 78 boys, said Jenny Jackson, marketing director.
“We were the second store to fill up in this region,” she said.
The Date Knight was held at several Chick-fil-A restaurants in the area and the theme was a play on the words “date night.”
“While it’s a chance for mothers and sons to have fun and spend time together, it’s also a chance to teach young boys how to be gentlemen,” Jackson said.
Brandi Miller attended the event with her 6-year-old son Whitt, who started the night with an act of chivalry, she said.
“He’s been such a gentleman,” she said. “He even opened my car door for me tonight.”
The event featured dinner in the castle, which was a transformed part of the restaurant, having a photo taken in a carriage, seeing an archery display and being knighted by the Chick-fil-A cow. Each boy received a rose to give to their mother.
The décor was impressive, said Candice Fox, who was on a date with her 4-year-old son Bradley.
“They’ve done a great job transforming it into this,” she said. “It really makes you feel like you’re in a castle. Bradley is impressed with the swords.”
Chick-fil-A also held a Father-Daughter Date Night in February.