Corporate Kids Events, a Nationwide and International company that does conference childcare, teamed up with the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation an organization, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 1st-4th 2019, for their popular JA Summer Conference. Corporate Kids Events hosts events for the JA Foundation every year for several years now. This year we hosted JA Programs in Minneapolis, Anaheim, Boston, Indianapolis and Houston.
The Juvenile Arthritis Foundation (JA), “leads the way in providing support to children with juvenile arthritis and their families through funding research, advocating for kids, creating awareness, providing education and hosting events.” The JA Summer Conference in Minneapolis was three full days of educational sessions led by experts in the rheumatology, healthcare and other related fields. These meetings present a unique opportunity for learning, sharing and networking and are helpful to those with juvenile arthritis and their families.
Corporate Kids Events gave the opportunity for families to bring their children with them to this 3-day conference childcare event and enjoy their own side special kids camp with the theme of Superheros™ while the parents learned more about juvenile arthritis. The kids also had several educational sessions from the JA Foundation staff about living with arthritis and understanding what it means to have arthritis.
We prepared several activities for the kids including a Teen Scavenger Hunt, Taking your Panda Bear to it’s appointment to reduce their own fear of Doctors and several arts and craft projects, which the kids always really enjoy!
Corporate Kids hosted 313 children for this 3-day kids camp, managed by our team of 8 Program Managers and lead by our own Stacey Woodzel, “My favorite part of the event was watching the first time families and children meet new friends they can relate to,” reports Stacey.
Having a chronic illness and going to the Doctors can be scary, so JA had an activity to take your Panda to the Doctor. This was a way for kids to have less fear of the medical system and be there to listen to what the “Doctor” was telling their Panda. This helped with their learning and understanding of JA, as well as knowing Doctors are there to help them.
Another activity favorite was the teen scavenger hunt. The teens had a blast exploring the hotel to check of the items on their lists. Scavenger hunts allow kids to practice problem solving in a tangible way. In addition, the teens got some exercise because they incorporated clues to get them moving. Having the teens in small groups also helps build teamwork, they have to work together to solve clues and arrive at the final destination.
Hayden’s Mom, Hayden was one of the younger campers, mentioned, “This has been his favorite camp so far and he has attended 4 of them. He really connected with the staff.”
This JA Summer Conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was located at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis with 313 child attendees. You can learn more about the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation by visiting their website (www.arthritis.org).
We look forward to hosting many more events with JA in the future! Thank you for your trust in Corporate Kids Events!
Corporate Kids Events, A.K.A. CKE, has been providing professional conference childcare since 1998. We run programs at conferences, conventions, and gatherings across the US and internationally. We are experts in managing large groups of children, and have extensive experience with a wide variety of program types. Learn more by visiting our website (www.conferencechildcare.com).