NORTH POLE IDOL, CRITTERS, & CAFE RUDOLPH

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16.  NORTH POLE IDOL

The MC welcomes the children and invites them to come up on the stage and sing karaoke.  Those who wish to participate can sing individually, in small groups, or as a large group.  The stage has the recording equipment needed to create a professional music video of each performance.

Purpose: This activity helps the children build self-confidence and improve their self-image by providing them with the opportunity to perform in the North Pole Idol competition.  Everyone wins and is appreciated for their efforts.

88% of the children liked this activity.

“They enjoyed singing the songs they learned in music class.”

“Lots of participation!”


“Loved it – Kinder kids couldn’t read the screen/words.”

“Loved to sing in front of everyone.”

“Loved seeing themselves on TV!”


17.  SANTA’S CRITTERS

Each year, we try to arrange for opportunities for the children to experience a variety of animals that they may not have previously encountered.  We have had a petting zoo, pony rides, horses, alpacas, deer, and therapy dogs.  While most of these exhibits are outside, you might find an occasional domestic or wildlife display inside.

Purpose: Urban children have limited exposure to animals, aside from domestic pets.  Contact with animals of these types is not only therapeutic but also helps broaden the experience of the children.

89% of the children liked this activity.

“They loved the real animals!”

“Too fast an experience.  We could have stayed all morning.”

“Every child had an ear to ear smile!”

 

18.  CAFE RUDOLPH

This is the area where lunch is served.  There are televisions so the children can watch the activities in the North Pole and Cloak of Invisibility areas on closed circuit while they eat.  Lunch is supplemented with treats such as cakes, cookies, pies, donuts, chips, and bread provided by Waste Not.

Purpose: The Café provides a safe place where the children can take a break to eat and socialize, exchanging stories about what they have experienced at the event so far and wonder about what is still ahead of them.  It also allows us to distribute surplus baked goods for the children to bring home.

92% of the children liked this activity.

“The hotdogs were yummy!”

“My students never saw so much food!”

“The paper bags made it easy to pass out.”

“The kids loved all of the goodies!”