Every Summer one of the Chicago Dads Group’s favorite events is our family picnic. We love the opportunity to get together with our friends from all over Chicagoland and celebrate the summer together. This year our good friends at Plum Organics sponsored the event ensuring all we had to do was show up and enjoy fostering the connections that have made our group a great resource to Chicagoland dads.
Every year we have rented out an indoor facility (’cause you never want a picnic in the rain) and brought together between 100-300 people to eat, play, and swap the war stories of fatherhood. This year was no exception, Upon entering L’l Kickers Indoor Soccer facility you were greeted by a children’s snack table filled treats from Plum Organics. Even the parents were sneaking a treat or two from the table (Mighty Dinos are for Dads too, right?) If that wasn’t enough there were some seriously yummy smells coming from the food tables where the guys from Big Bob Fritzy’s were cookin’ up a storm. Italian beef, Burgers, and a Chicago Hot Dog bar, let’s put it this way there were big grins and filled bellies!
When we weren’t eating there were soccer games, soccer skill drills, and more bouncy fun sets than the kids knew what to do with. One of the best things about this family picnic is hearing kids run up to their parents and encourage them to get in on the adventure play. Kids and dads were bounding up and down the inflatable slides, scoring goals and filling the space with the happy sounds of childhood memories being made.
The cherry on top of this exciting event was a visit by Moana and Spider-man courtesy of Royal Princess Parties. They spent a whole hour engaging with kids taking pictures and even jumping in on some of their games.
This event is definitely one that everyone who attended is going to remember for quite some time. It was also a great reminder of the friendships and connections that we have striven to make here in our Dad’s group. If you missed this one, we sure hope to see you at the next one, or any of the other activities we have going on check out our calendar here:
Sponsors (Thanks for making our picnic possible):