One of the activities we booked for Ethan during our Center Parcs Winter Wonderland stay was the Elf Academy. This is a three-hour activity in the Activity Den. It is a children’s only activity meaning you can have some child free time.
During the Elf Academy the children are invited to learn how to become Santa’s helpers. When we arrived at our lodge there was an invitation waiting for Ethan.
It was an early morning activity so we were up bright and early. We have already arranged Ethan’s one to one support so our hand over was easy when we arrived. The children are provided with an Elf Costume and they paint bright red cheeks on their faces. I had already informed them that Ethan probably wouldn’t take part in the dressing up. There was no pressure for him to do so and his Elf Costume was given to us when we collected him.
The children spent the morning playing games and making Christmas crafts. We were given a box full of the items Ethan had made to take home.
The box included a cake that he had decorated and a Christmas Tree decoration that he had painted.
We were asked to arrive fifteen minutes early to collect the children. This is so they can put on a little show for us. The children are surprised with a visit from Santa at this point. They also all gather together to sing the parents some Christmas songs.
During the singing Ethan kept to the side with his one to one support. When the show was over and everyone had said goodbye, Ethan made it clear he wanted to see Santa. Santa was happy to have a photo taken with him.
Ethan was also presented with a certificate to confirm that he had completed the Elf Academy course.
It was clear Ethan enjoyed his time at the Elf Academy. I was so happy that he was able to take part in the crafts. I must admit I had to fight back tears when all the children sang together. It’s moments like this that always highlight the different path we are on. The most important thing is that Ethan enjoyed himself. As I write this post he has looked at the photos asking about his party. He has informed me that we will go back for his birthday!