We are excited to tell you that we are planning to have a limited children’s program during the five large sessions. God led us to a gifted woman, Sheri Underwood, who has developed an amazing program that we pray will capture the imagination of children with the magnificence of God and His passion for the world.
We are now trying to recruit volunteers, raise money to defray costs, get it approved by the resort and set up the registration.We hope to have confirmation and more details from what Disney will allow in the next 3 weeks. Our plan is as follows if God brings together our dreams:
- There will be a complementary cry room for children supervised by mom or dad for children up to 3 years old. The room will have the general sessions streamed in with video and sound.
- We hope there will be an age appropriate program for children 4 to 12 that will follow the theme of the conference, “For Generations to Come.” We plan to offer the program during the five plenary sessions at a cost of $129 per child. It would include two meals.
- Hotel rooms for our conference are a flat rate of $139 per night for up to 4 people (normally they start at $175).
- Rooms include a small refrigerator, coffee maker, complimentary in room Wi-Fi, hairdryer, iron and board, and pack n play if your infant is on the hotel reservation.
- Saturday afternoon is free for you to enjoy the resort, pools or Disney Parks.
- Pools with waterslide
- Iguana Arcade with video games, air hockey, pinball, etc.
- Campfire Activities
- Jogging Trail
Many families are bringing Grandparents to be with their children during the conference. It is a great place for endless activity and fun. There are three restaurants at the resort. In order to meet our budget, we are having to be very strict on conference meal attendance. If a parent does not choose to register their child for the Children’s program, it is important for them to know that their children are not allowed at the dinner on Friday or lunch on Sunday.
- Take time to review the schedule on the web site and discuss it with your spouse
- Make realistic plans on what you can attend. You are doing a great work by investing in your children.
- Look at the resort web siteand see what is available. There are so many free things to do at the resort—swim, play at the playground, dig in the sand pit, look for alligators in the lake, take a nature walk or ride the free shuttle to eat at Downtown Disney.
- Think about what interests each of you and what you think God may have you experience or what you need. Maybe you could really benefit from one of the workshops or maybe just planning time to be with other moms around the pool or playground is the priority.
- Book your room near other families with children.
- Think and discuss what would make this a memorable and fun time for your children. There are so many choices, but in our family, we would try to choose one activity (we could afford!) that we knew each of our four children would like.
- Brainstorm how you might partner with other parents to be able to participate in sessions
- Bring food for your kids to be able to eat in the room and stay on their normal diet. Bring a blanket to have picnics under the trees or near the Mickey topiary.
|Jeanette with grandson Corban, 3 1/2|