How We Run Our Breakfast with Santa
Now that our Halloween event has past it’s time to focus on our next event…Breakfast with Santa. Now I don’t know if you do a Santa event, but it’s a great community program, one in which we sell out every year.
Some recreation organizations put out some pastries and fruit and call it a breakfast (to be honest, I would love to just put out some pre-made food and call it a day…shhh, don’t tell my director I said that). We do a pancake and sausage breakfast – along with pastries and fruit. Kids get a goody bag full of Oriental Trader stuff that they go crazy over. We also print out place mats that the kids can color.
After people have eaten most of their breakfast, Santa arrives on the firetruck (it helps that Santa is played by one of the firemen). He does his rounds and says “Ho Ho Ho” to the kids. Then he goes into the other room with Mrs. Claus and sits on his throne. The kids come in to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas (or cry and wet their pants) and the parents whip out their digital cameras. After the child has spoken with the big guy, they receive their goody bag.
All in all it’s a nice half-day program. Here are some other things that can be done at a Breakfast with Santa event:
- If there are a lot of people who try to purchase tickets after you’re sold out, consider two seatings. One at say 8:30am and the other at 10:30am.
- Have the kids sit at the front of the room for story time.
- Instead of playing Christmas music from a CD (which we do) get a live, acoustic band…or a guy who plays guitar and has a nice voice.
- Set-up a crafts table where the kids can make a simple holiday craft or two.
- Give the kids a special sheet of paper where they can write Santa a letter and place it in the North Pole mailbox.
- Have candy canes on hand.
- As a fundraiser have a Santa’s Toy Shop where parents can buy hand made crafts and toys before they leave.