ROWLAND HEIGHTS - It's not everyday families can say they spent their evening making corn husk dolls and colonial dancing.

But for one night, families got to push the 21st-century aside.

Blandford Elementary community went back in time to early America on Tuesday during a family night event.

The Blandford PTA hosted its first Colonial American Heritage Family Night after hosting a successful Latino family night and Asian culture night years prior.

"We thought we'd welcome families to experience early American culture this year," PTA President Kimo Morris said. "This one is important because we're a big melting pot of different cultures and yet, were still all Americans."

The 400 students and their families in attendance experienced a glimpse of daily life in the 18th-Century America.

The annual event started with a colonial family dinner - including chicken, corn, biscuits and mashed potatoes.

Corn husk dolls, nursery rhymes, colonial toys, yarn-spinning, paper quilting, butter-making and more were all featured activities for students to experience.