It's not even Thanksgiving, but I am SO EXCITED FOR EASTER.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is "hatching" an allergen free Egg-cellent Family Day event ~ and as far as I know, it's never been done before.
The typical "egg hunt eggs" will not contain candy, but instead, they'll be full of stickers, toys, art supplies, creative prizes and more.
DO NOT tell your kids anything is missing ~ they won't notice. They will have a super time: enjoying egg hunts, live entertainment, games, art activities and inspiration from Picasso. The incredible Picasso exhibition will be on view ~ the ONLY venue on the east coast to see the collection from Paris.
The Egg-cellent Family Event tickets are $8 for kids, (accompanying adults are free) with discounts for members. Call 804-340-1405 to register. Note: Tickets for the family event do not include tickets to the Picasso exhibition. As of this post, registration is not open for the event & there is no Egg-cellent Family Event information on VMFA's web site, but it was published in the VMFA Spring Advertising Insert in Style Weekly.
Full Disclosure: I worked (past tense) with VMFA for nearly ten years as an art teacher and education program coordinator. Almost three years ago, I quit my full time job after discovering my son's food allergies. For me, preparing food without milk, eggs, nuts, soy, wheat was totally overwhelming.
Last year we attended a VMFA family event and I noticed most of the prizes were not candy. Why? Megan Liles, VMFA's Children's Program Coordinator is incredibly creative, smart and thinks "outside the box". She took great care to provide age appropriate prizes and interesting treats ~ but not because she was catering to food allergic kids. It was just a coincidence that the prizes were safe for us.
When I noticed an online conversation about the lack of Halloween Events where food allergic families could be safe, I asked Megan if she could plan an upcoming event without candy, and she agreed. Her compassion for children struggling with food allergies, diabetes, food allergies, gluten intolerance, food dye sensitivities or other dietary restrictions is amazing. Don't you agree?
Here's a list of VMFA contacts, including the director, visitor services, membership, education department (her boss), and more. Call someone today, and tell them Megan Liles rocks. If you appreciate her efforts to provide a creative, safe, awesome family event ~ spread the kudos to your friends, family and community.
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P.S. More importantly:
Megan Liles email is email@example.com
Her boss, Della Watkins email is firstname.lastname@example.org