At the end of November 2021, we held our first county Rainbow event since restrictions eased – Winter Wonderland.
Bookings came in thick and fast and we were amazed how many Rainbows wanted to come and join us. Plans soon became reality as the day drew nearer. The event was based on wintery themes with Rainbows taking part in a variety of activities crafts and games across the four zones. Even the weather seemed to want to join in and we had a flurry of snow as the event started. Luckily this didn’t dampen too many spirits and the fun quickly began.
Rainbows had the chance to visit Antarctica and create an igloo. They could also make a cork reindeer or a twizzle stick creating their own optical illusion. We added in some chocolate penguins and a penguin relay, which both proved popular! Ice Princess allowed Rainbows to enjoy something sparkly and be a princess if they wanted to. Here girls decorated cupcakes, made fairy wands and went on a treasure hunt. We even had our own Ice Princess floating around and Rainbows loved having their photo taken with her and dressing up in our photo booth.
Another of the zones was entitled Frostbite, although the closest Rainbows got to being cold was waiting for their marshmallows to melt over the fire before munching their delicious s’mores. That wasn’t the only food activity going on as Rainbows could also make a popcorn snowman cup. Creating sock snowmen and making snowmen or playing in fake snow were other activities available to try. It wouldn’t be a county event without the chance to have a bit of a dance in our Snow Ball and take home a goody or two from the shop. We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the leaders, staff and other volunteers for giving us your time, dedication and enthusiasm throughout the day. We couldn’t have done it without you! The Rainbows had an amazing time and I know would love to do it again – certainly my Rainbows do!
By: Laura Clarke and the Winter Wonderland event team.