One of the things I look forward to each holiday season is the parties. When it comes to being a mom, this means play dates and themed events at our favorite play places. Of course, this includes the annual Christmas party at Gymboree.
Our Gymboree always puts together fun holiday events, and this was our second year attending the holiday celebration. When they announced the party dates, of course, I signed us up. Another way to celebrate the holidays with his friends in the environment he loves, I knew my toddler would enjoy himself.
The party was structured, but with the open play vibe that gives the kids time to crawl, jump, slide, run around and play freely. The Gymboree Christmas party started off with a craft, making an ornament. It was easy to do by having them place glitter, bells, and pom-poms in a plastic case. My little one attempted it for all of the 30-seconds, but I helped him finish it quickly so we could go play. This was where he was really in his element.
Meeting up with his friends, all the kids had a blast. It was then time for the welcome song and his teachers asked them to listen to the bells for Santa. All the kids stopped in their tracks, staring intently. Most of them shied away at first, taking a few steps back and running over to their moms. Santa was warm and friendly and invited them all to come to take pictures.
Honestly, I live for ugly crying Santa pictures. I think they are hysterical, and we absolutely got another one this year. The good news is he didn’t really cry and ended up going back over to Santa by himself. By the end of the party, they were popping bubbles together.
Other activities included a snowball fight, parachute time and bubbles. After playtime, all the kids got to make a Christmas cookie. The party was organized, yet laid back. It was a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
Because he is a year older now he is finally getting to be the age where he understands Santa, says “Christmas tree” and can actually unwrap a gift. It’s the little things that bring me so much joy as I watch him grow. This is just another great Christmas memory we have.