Sweet Pea Picnic

Sunday, June 5, 2022 at DUTCH WONDERLAND

Registration for the 2022 picnic has closed.

We are so excited to be returning to Dutch Wonderland for Sweet Pea Project's 11th Annual Sisters & Brothers Picnic this June! This year's picnic will be held on SUNDAY, JUNE 5.

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 SUNDAY, June 5, 2022. Parents are invited to bring their surviving and subsequent children to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA for a day of family fun.

We will also be replenishing our Remembrance Garden with fresh flowers thanks to the generous, family owned Shenk's Greenhouse on Old Philadelphia Pike. 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. The flower area is across from the Potato Patch french fry stand, and we'll be planting from 2pm until 4pm.

We'll be back at the pavilion this year to enjoy lunch together! Join us from noon until 3pm for a backyard bbq style buffet and all you can eat ice cream sundae bar!

Guests who have attended previous events are welcome to wear picnic shirts they already have, otherwise we encourage guests to make their own personalized shirts to wear. If you plan to make your own, please use kelly green shirts so that we are all wearing the same color. We love how it creates a feeling of community and unity to see Sweet Pea Project green spreading throughout the amusement park!

This event is free for all bereaved siblings, but we are asking for each bereaved parent who wishes to attend to please donate at least $20 per parent.

Grandparents, cousins, and other extended family members are welcome to join us at the picnic, and may register to attend for a donation to Sweet Pea Project of at least $35, which includes park admission, parking, and a meal + ice cream. Please note: regular admission tickets will not allow guests to access our flower planting, free parking, food, etc. Season pass holders still need to register to be granted access to these areas.

Registration is required for this event, and will close on May 1. Please contact Beth@sweetpeaproject.org with any questions you may have.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at Dutch Wonderland this June!