On December 3rd, our family went to a Christmas Party at The Elmhurst Art Museum. This Special Kids day was a volunteered event for kids and families with special needs. There were a lot of families coming and going- it got pretty loud in there with all the children laughing and playing.
When we arrived, we walked around a bit to see what activities there were to do. The line for Santa seemed to be the longest- so we got in at the end. It was so heartwarming to see so many children and their families enjoying a party that was just for them! I almost thought about scrapping the idea of going since the weather was supposed to be so bad- I am so glad that we went.
In line for Santa, volunteers of the event came around to talk to families. Cookies were offered and Ronald McDonald was walking around getting hugs. We noticed tht there was also a face painting and balloon animal station as well.
Since setting up our house decorations, I have been working with Jacob on “Who is Santa.” He now is aware of who his is… but does not know what he does. Maybe next year I will be able to use the threat of calling Santa on the phone to tell him that Jacob is misbehaving…
When it was our turn to see Santa, Jacob walked up to him and wouldn’t stop looking at him. Trying to out him, Jacob tried to pull his beard off. Even though this year, he couldn’t verbally tell Santa what he wanted- I think Santa knows which toys to bring him.
When we finished with Santa, Jacob received a goody bag from Santa’s Elf. It was filled with great goodies. Before leaving, we waited in line for a balloon animal. He enjoyed his balloon duck, more than I thought he would. There was also an opportunity to make Christmas crafts- but it was almost dinner time. I think he will be up for that activity next year.
I’d like to thank Special Kids Day and their sponsers for the great evening. Here is a link to their website. It’s great to see that more events are being planned for 2009.