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Bright Futures’ 2015 Mid-Winter Social
Mid January can be cold, drab and dreary. What a perfect time to have a family activity with lots of people to meet and enjoy, an indoor playground to play in, and yummy food to eat. Fifteen of Bright Futures’ adoptive families did indeed enjoy a Saturday evening event and left with lots of smiles. The event took place on January 10, 2015 at One Stop Fun in Westford. There the children ran around, flopped into a foam pit, raced up and down an inflatable climbing structure, climbed ropes, tubes and a rock wall, jumped on trampolines and made new friends, friends who share their experience being adopted. But it was not just the children who made connections. The adults bonded over things as playful as a Patriot’s game and as serious as handling the needs of special needs children. There were materials to help create life books that help to tell a child’s adoption story and food ranging from the healthy (vegetables) to comfort food (pizza) to beautiful treats (cookies and cupcakes). The energy level was palpable and the biggest problem was wrapping up the evening. We hope to see even more of our families next year!
Mid-Winter Social — A Big Hit with Kids & Parents!
Bright Futures Adoption Center debuted a new event for our adoptive parents and children in January 2013. The event was designed to allow the families time to play together, eat together, get to know one another, and share their experiences. Each family was asked to bring their favorite adoption or parenting book to share with the other families. With parents Beth Nicholson, Beth Cowett and Elena Doucette, helping to plan and coordinate the event and food contributions from Littleton Sub Shoppe & Pub on the Common (www.littletonsub.com), Cupcake City (www.cupcakecityreading.com) and Hannaford’s Supermarkets, Bright Futures’ families had tremendous fun at One Stop Fun (www.onestopfun.com) in Westford, an indoor play space for children of all ages. Children played on a moon bounce, climbed through tubes, climbed ropes, bounced on trampolines, walked on balance beams, climbed a rock wall and flew on the zipline. Adults were right there with them and it was hard to tell who was having more fun (kudos to all of the adults who made it to the top of the rope!). If a true measure of success is the difficulty of persuading a child to leave, this event was a rollicking success! Positive connections were made and as one adult put it, “it was fun for the kids and it was a relaxed atmosphere that facilitated adult conversation.” We hope this is the first of many such annual events and look forward to having our adoptive families join us next year for our Second Annual Mid-Winter Social! Pictures below.
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