Heard of the Sambica Christmas Carnival in Bellevue, Washington? We hadn’t but we are glad we did! It was one of the things we planned to check out during the month of December (as part of our “2012 Christmas list“).
Sambica christmas carnival is held at the Sambica (Sammamish Bible Camp Association) conference center at 4114 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Bellevue from December 7 to December 21, 2012. The event sounded promising with free snacks, fun games and a free pic with Santa. We decided this would be a good opportunity to take our son to see Santa for the first time!
We reached there by around 3.30pm. It’s not a very big place but the organizers seemed to have put in a lot of hard work to decorate and squeeze in a multitude of games and stalls. On entry, we were greeted pleasantly and were asked how we heard about the event to which we responded “Bellevue.com“!. We then headed to a large concave mirror, which caught our son’ attention. There was a small stall where volunteers were making balloon animals for the kids. We requested and got a poodle made for our son.
Unfortunately, our son was a little small to play most, if not all, of the games there so we were just watching other kids play and letting our son walk around and explore on his own. There was an inflatable family jousting area, a bounce house and about 5-6 other small games which would win you candy!!
After some time, we caught sight of Santa and Mrs. Claus taking time out to mingle with the kids and that’s when we remembered that we needed to get a pic taken with Santa.
We got into a small adjoining room where we waited patiently in line to get the pic taken. When our turn came, we were pleasantly surprised at how our son sat with Santa without making any fuss (in fact he seemed happy!) and posed for the pic.
We then got a few refreshments while waiting for the pic (a hot chocolate, eggnog latte, popcorn and cookies!). By then our son’ poodle balloon had popped and he was getting restless. One of the boys made a really cute giraffe balloon for him which brought a smile to his face We were amazed at how talented, patient and friendly the volunteers were.
When we finally got the pic, we found that it came out really well! It was the best part of this trip! They gave us a printed copy of the pic and promised to send us a soft copy too.
We had a nice time and really appreciate the efforts of the folks at Sambica. If you have kids, we’re sure they’ll have a great time there.
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
PS: How was your experience? We would love to hear from you. Do let us know!