SWEET PEA SISTERS & BROTHERS BIG DAY OUT AT DUTCH WONDERLAND
Sweet Pea Project's 7th Annual Summer Children's Event!
We are so excited to announce that we will be returning to Dutch Wonderland for Sweet Pea Project's 7th Annual Sisters & Brothers Picnic!
As you well know, there is no greater pain for a parent than the pain of outliving their child. But we parents are not the only ones who suffer. The death of a baby can be very difficult on our surviving children, and even our subsequent children. These kids witness their parents wrestling with overwhelming grief, and struggle with their own feelings of sadness and confusion. They deserve a day just to be carefree children, playing with their parents in the sunshine and having fun, and that is what our annual children's events are all about.
Sweet Pea Project will hold this special event for children who have lost a brother or sister during pregnancy or infancy on Saturday, June 3, 2017. (In case of bad weather, our rain date is Sunday, June 4.) Parents are invited to bring their surviving and subsequent children to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA for a day of family fun. Guests will have full access to all the rides, waterpark, and shows from 10am until 8:30pm- and are invited to join us for free pizza and ice cream from 12:30-2:30.
We will also be replenishing our Remembrance Garden will fresh flowers. The children are invited to briefly pause from the fun of the rides, food, and waterpark to spend a few quiet moments kneeling down in the garden with their hands in the earth, planting colorful flowers to serve as a beautiful remembrance of their brother and/or sister, at the base of our Royal Burgundy Flowering Cherry tree.
Guests who have attended previous events are welcome to wear their picnic shirts, and we hope everyone else will consider making their own personalized shirts to wear. We encourage you to use kelly green shirts from AC Moore or Michaels (for about $3) so that we are all wearing the same color. We were so very impressed by the creativity on display last year- we loved seeing the shirts you all designed for your families! And it created such an amazing feeling of community and unity to see Sweet Pea Project green spreading throughout the amusement park! Families who arrive in their own green shirts will be automatically entered into a special drawing for a fun prize!
This event is free for bereaved siblings and their parents, but registration is required. Grandparents and other extended family members may register for a donation to Sweet Pea Project of at least $30, which includes park admission, parking, and food (a $65 value). Please note: regular admission tickets will not allow guests to access our private event area, food, flower planting, free parking, etc. Season pass holders still need to register to be grated access to these areas as well. Registration closes on April 30. Please contact Beth@sweetpeaproject.org with any questions. Register at https://remembrance.wufoo.com/forms/mj73hkr0pzaiyg/