When we got there we were so surprised to see it really was a 'back-to-school' bash. All along one side of the event were fun things for kids. The sno-cones were a big hit with my son.
So was the face painting (which I held the sno-cone for, and may or may not have sampled). ;)
On the other side of the event were tons and tons of school-oriented things to do and things for the kids to take home. There was fire safety instruction, a table full of school supplies pre-bagged in large freezer bags, healthy snack tables where you created your own snack and learned about healthy eating, dental hygiene products where they reiterated the importance of caring for your teeth, water bottles, and more (they really went all out).
|His new comb, and clearly he had enough hair to hold it |
w/no hands, indicating the need for a good haircut. ;)
Then there were services, like manicures, fingernail/toenail painting, and haircuts! We had 'haircut' on the list of things we needed to do before school starts anyway, so we took a number for that one. Little man got to pick out a comb to keep (which for some reason delighted him), and we waited for our turn. They assigned numbers and called you in, groups of ten, so that lines never got too long.
On the backside of the building they had hay rides.
I thought they were just going to entail a quick trip around the building, but they took us through the woods, and made it into an event.
And then you could come back around and play in the bounce house, or on the inflatables.
It was amazing all they put out for the kids, and there was a good showing. The best thing, everything was free!
This is the first time I've seen an event like this (when we lived in Palm Beach there were far too many people to do an event like this, I think), and I liked it! Kudos to the church for hosting such a family-friendly and useful event for the community. I was so happy with it that I think I'll volunteer to help next year, if they do it again. Do you have something like this that goes on where you are located?