This week was Snoozefest! I have been looking forward to this ever since we started it last year! A week of pajama parades, stuffed animals, and lullabies; I mean, what more could you ask for after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?
I’ve alluded to our Kids in Need Foundation grant a couple of times, most recently in the Unicorn-ival post here. Every couple of months, we get lots of goodies leftover from JoAnn Crafts that they were not able to sell, and we either put them to good use in programming and decor or send them out to other community entities that can use them.
In one of our hauls a couple of years ago, we got several Dream Tents, which, if you’re not familiar with them, are little nylon pop-up tents that are made to stretch over the top of a twin size mattress and create a cozy little bedtime nook for kids. We kept some, thinking that we could use them for our indoor family campout that we do each year, but since they are rounded on the bottoms, we struggled to figure out a way to make them stable.
This year, when prepping for Snoozefest, I came across the Dream Tents in the closet again and really had a strong desire to set them up somehow in the department to be “hibernation dens” that the kids could snuggle into and read books. So with some fresh brainpower from our newly hired children’s librarian, we worked on a solution that ended up using several carpet squares to weigh down the anchors for the tents that are supposed to slide under a mattress. The results were magical.
We moved all the tables and chairs out of our craft space to make room. We added pillows, stuffed animals, and a display of cozy reads, and it was super fun to see the kiddos enjoying this little nook all week long. The design of these particular Dream Tents was winter/forest themed which just added to that cozy feel. So even though it took a couple of years, I’m glad we finally figured out how to make these things work for us, and I’m super excited for “hibernation dens” to be part of our yearly Snoozefest tradition. =)