4th Annual Donuts With Santa Event Recap

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We had a blast hosting our 4th annual holiday family event – Donuts with Santa – on Sunday, December 5th at the stunning Hearth House! Over 160 local families joined us as we spent a special day with Santa! Each session offered guests a smaller, more intimate event experience as they enjoyed hot cocoa, donut decorating, storytime, holiday crafts & activities, and a visit (and photo) with Santa!

THE VENUE

Hearth House is an elegant mountain-style venue with a freshly modern touch that offers space for up to 250 people. The venue design includes exposed wood beams, sliding barn doors, a 25’ tall two-sided fireplace, grand hearth, beautiful white wood siding barn doors, whitewashed brick, and top-of-the-line ambient chandeliers.

SANTA SPONSOR: SOCCER BUDDIES

Donuts with Santa Santa Sponsor Image

Our Santa Sponsor, Soccer Buddies, made it possible for a visit and photos with Santa at our event. It has been such a delight to bring the same Santa to our Donuts With Santa event year after year. He always receives high praise from our attendees, which is no surprise since he has been ranked by Time Magazine as one of the top 11 Santas in the United States.

Soccer Buddies joined the fun with a toy workshop and photo booth set up at their table. Colorado Soccer Buddies provides a child Development Soccer Program for ages 15 months through 12 years.

DONUTS SPONSOR: DINO DENTAL

Donuts with Santa Decorating Donuts

Dino Dental joined our event as the donuts sponsor. Event attendees each received a donut and decorating kit complete with icing and sprinkles.

Babies, children and teens will all love their own unique and individualized experience at Dino Dental, a one-of-a-kind lip-tie, orthodontic, and pediatric dental clinic.

Dino Dental Donut Sponsor

MAP OF FUN SPONSOR: S.L.A.M. TRI LAKES

Each attending family received a map of fun program to help guide them through the venue. Our maps were sponsored by S.L.A.M. Sweat Like a Mother Tri Lakes, a local fitness community for women in all stages of motherhood and levels of fitness. They provide stroller/kid-friendly classes Monday through Friday at 10:00 as well as monthly playgroups and mom’s night out.

Map of Fun Donuts with Santa

ACTIVITY SPONSORS

Our activity sponsors provided areas of fun for the young children who attended our event. The following sponsors set up shop in Santa’s workshop and provided a holiday-themed activity:

 

SAFESPLASH SWIM SCHOOL

SafeSplash ran the sensory fun station, Jingle Bell Ball, where children experimented with jingle bells and magnets. SafeSplash Swim School – Colorado Springs (Northgate & I25) specializes in providing warm water, learn to swim lessons for children and adults in Colorado Springs.

THE ORGANIC CURE

The Organic Cure provided additional sensory fun at the Sensory Snowman Station where children created take-home sensory bags. The Organic Cure is a provider of naturopathic pediatric care whose mission is to empower parents to take control of their children’s health. Helping you raise naturally healthy kids.

NOVERA: HEADACHE CENTER

Novera: Headache Center ran the Holiday Bowling Station where kids had a festive time knocking down Christmas tree bowling pins. Novera: Headache Center is on a mission to change the way that migraines are diagnosed, talked about, and managed. They address the most overlooked cause with a trusted natural solution for even the toughest cases, so you can stop searching and get back to your life.

SIMPLE GIFT SERIES

Simple Gift Series shared its space with the Colorado Springs Conservatory and brought hands-on fun with music-making and jolly gift bag decorating. The Simple Gift Series music and literacy enrichment programming is a tested curriculum created by Linda Weise, and taught for 28 years at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. The Simple Gift Series reaches young learners across the nation through its website and partnership with PBS.

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL COLORADO

Children’s Hospital Colorado brought the fun outside with the Reindeer Games station. Children played cornhole and enjoyed a candy cane relay. Located in the Briargate neighborhood, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs has 294,000 state-of-the-art square feet entirely devoted to kids. That means more kids in southern Colorado will get the care they need, faster and closer to home. This six-level hospital houses the first pediatric-only operating rooms and emergency department in Colorado Springs.

USBORNE BOOKS: ERIKA AT BOOKS FOR WEEKS

Usborne Book Consultant, Erika Weeks, brought her book collection to the event to give parents time to shop for the perfect book for their kids. She also entertained attendees with a brief storytime while kids waited for Santa to make his grand entrance. Usborne and Kane Miller books are the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high-quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated, and best of all, they are the books kids love to read.

HOT COCOA SPONSORS: SHANDY CLINIC & KNEADERS

Hot Chocolate

The Shandy Clinic is an outpatient pediatric therapy clinic specializing in speech, occupational, physical therapy as well as ABA and Multidisciplinary Autism Evaluations.

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe offers artisan breads baked daily in Italian hearthstone ovens, delicious sandwiches, mouthwatering European pastries, hearty soups & refreshing salads.

PHOTOGRAPHY: RAFOTO FILMS PRODUCTIONS

Rafoto Films

Rafoto Films Productions captured event attendees with Santa, providing each family with a keepsake photo from the event. Rafoto Films Productions provides videography and photography in Colorado Springs and Denver.

MARQUEE: ALPHA-LIT COLORADO SPRINGS

AlphaLit

Alpha-Lit Colorado Springs provided the Santa’s Here marquee which quickly became the festive statement piece of the event. Alpha-Lit offers the highest quality marquee letters, numbers and symbols to help you customize any occasion!

We hope you had a wonderful time at this year’s event. We can’t wait to see you at our signature events in 2022.

Thank you again to our sponsors, as it is your generosity and support that allows our events like this to take place.

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Erica has worn many hats since joining Co Springs Mom Collective in 2017. She first came on as Contributor, then joined the Executive Team as Advertising Manager and is now the proud Owner and Executive Director. With a background in Public Relations and Marketing, Erica has been working in online media since 2008 and loves its ability to create enriching connections and community. Erica has a passion for serving others, something which led her and her family to begin fostering several years ago. She has welcomed her heart and home to several children in Colorado Springs and considers it one of her hardest and most beautiful accomplishments yet. Her role of mom is one she is most proud of. She and her husband have a beautiful blended family of seven, including five children who range in age from 11 - 17. It is truly never a dull moment in her home.

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