For Kids Only – Holiday Shop! Gorton Community Center


FOR KIDS ONLY! Holiday Shop 2013

A Gorton tradition which at its peak has drawn 300 families and lines around the building starting right after school.  Parents love the event because their Christmas gifts are truly a surprise chosen by the child and their children love it because they make the choices and KNOW that their parents, siblings, and grandparents really will have a surprise on Christmas morning.
Date:     Wednesday, December 4, 2pm to 6pm              HOLIDAY SHOP OPEN!
Don’t worry – Moms!  We did not forget you!  There is also a boutique, with over ten vendors,  for you to shop while your children shop!
Our purpose is to provide a fun, independent Christmas gift buying experience for young children (4 to 10) without parent supervision/input.
·         Parents bring children to main floor of Gorton, where they check in.  Parents please provide a list of names to shop for, a budget for each name and money:)
·         Children are assigned an “elf” (teen volunteer) to guide them through the Stuart room where local stores/craftsmen have set up mini stores with gifts $10 and under, tax included.  The elf helps the child purchase gifts within their budget and then escorts the child to Gorton’s lower level where wrappers wrap and tag gifts.  Elf escorts child back to parent.



Story Time with Santa, December 7 – Lake Forest Open Lands

Don’t miss this adorable Holiday Time event!  Santa will be there!  Family Pictures!  Activities and Treats!  Register Now!
Story Time With Santa

Saturday, December 7
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join us for a family program including story time with Santa on a horse-drawn wagon ride through Mellody Farm Nature Preserve. Kids will learn about animal tracks and craft a winter wildlife ornament to take home. Registration will be available in the fall.
Advance Registration:  Click here to register now
Members: $35/family
Non-Members: $100/family (includes a membership through 4/30/2015)
Day of Event Registration:

Members: $45/family
Non-Members: $110/family (includes a membership through 4/30/2015)

Simon Pearce – Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments



I know, I know – we shouldn’t be speaking about any thing Christmas until after Thanksgiving.  But, sometimes, I just can’t help myself.  Especially when it comes to Christmas Tree Ornaments.  There are so many different kinds and all together they tell a story and make your tree uniquely yours.  A tradition of mine is to give my husband and children an ornament each Christmas which represents the year for them.  I love these glass ornaments from Simon Pearce.  They will look beautiful on a tree or hanging from a favorite windowsill.  Also, a perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer this season.