PAMP families and friends came together for a Super Sunday morning of activities, music, fun and movement at the first ever Funtastic Winter Arts & Crafts Day on February 5.
The morning opened with breakfast, followed by a music class with Music Together. Alkalign Studios had a “Spin to Win” and a yoga-inspired movement activity, La Petite Baleen provided coloring pages for kids to decorate with stickers, glitter and crayons and the always fun Messy Play Kits was there with its sensory stimulating signature goo children love. We even had bagels, cream cheese, mini muffins and a hot chocolate bar from Whole Foods.
"I really appreciated the casual environment where my three kids explored a few local activities while I got to know parents and prod teachers with my many questions,” said non-PAMP member Michelle Hurtado. “This event was extra special for the environment it created - unlike a fair of booths, it was a place to play and learn for kids and parents alike!"
For PAMP-member Erika Bailey, it was the Messy Play Kits activity that stole the show with her toddler.
“I attended the winter craft morning with my just turned 3 year old Olivia, 5 month old Jackson and my mom Pat,” said Bailey. “We signed up with friends and their almost 3 year old Laura, so the girls could have a play date. Olivia loved the fizzing, melting snowman sensory play and the Music Together class with teacher Shay, who had been our teacher. The hot chocolate and bagels were a nice surprise and I appreciated the almond milk option.”
Held at Menlo Park’s Arrillaga Center, the two-hour morning was open to both PAMP members and non-members, and although the morning was geared toward children 0-5, Bailey believes the older toddler age group – children between three and four – got the most out of the activities provided and hopes that future events will contain more crafts that allow for expanded creativity. Overall, she said she was pleased with the price she paid.
Wish you could have experienced the fun? PAMP is hosting another great event, a movie night, on Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m. We will be screening Finding Dory at the Mitchell Park Community Center. Register now for $5 for adults and $2.50 for children over the age of one – pizza provided.