All kids welcome to free VFW holiday party

Date Published: 
Dec. 8, 2017

Gifts and games will overflow at the Mason Dixon VFW Auxiliary’s holiday children’s party. Children are being invited to share the fun on Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.

“You don’t have to be members. We open it up to all children in the community,” said organizer Connie Weber.

The free party is planned each year for kids 12 or younger, at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View.

There will be games, crafts, face-painting, a balloon artist and a cupcake-decorating station. Kids can snack on chicken nuggets, cookies, chips, pretzels, carrots, grapes and more. They’ll make their own holiday ornaments and make beaded zipper tags.

“It’s free. It’s just a fun afternoon for the kids,” said Weber. “Every child has a chance to sit on Santa Claus’s lap.”

Each child also gets a goodie bag and gifts, including Beanie Babies and travel cups.

The event is completely free. Parents don’t have to bring anything. They often just relax and hang out, watch or chat in the atrium.

“We pretty much take care of everything. The parents can sit back, and the kids just have fun for two hours,” Weber said.

The VFW hosts three holiday parties each year for children — a tradition that began at least 20 years ago, said Weber, who helps fund the event by selling ice cream at weekly bingo nights all year long.

Families have made it their own tradition, too.

“There’s a certain group that I see every time, so they must be having a good time if they’re coming back!” Weber said.

Located along the Indian River Bay, the entire post is decorated for Christmas. Families can also take pictures with holiday backgrounds, including images of wooden soldiers and large gift packages. Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 is located at 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View.