Last night we headed out at 7:30 with all 4 kids to a sleepover unlike any we’ve ever experience. Our local Chick-Fil-A held a……………………..wait for it……………………stuffed animal sleepover!
I must admit, when I first saw the announcement for it on their Facebook page, it seemed like possibly the most bizarre thing I’d ever heard of. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Essentially your child was to pick a stuffed animal, drop it off for the night at Chick-Fil-A, then come back the next morning to pick it up.
I still remember what it was like being a little girl with all my stuffed animals. I had so many and I was just certain that I would hurt their feelings if they weren’t ALL included on my bed when I made it. I had stuffed animals I slept with every night for years and years, and I had a lot of fun playing with them over the years. In fact, the stuffed animals that were most precious to me I saved and gave to my own kids. My kids also love their stuffed animals. There beds are all covered in them! So, as I thought about this sleepover a little bit more, I had a pretty good feeling that my kids would love this idea.
When I approached Maggie with the idea she gasped and said, “Oh YES! I want to take Lambie! She’ll have so much fun!” Jacob and Zellene were just as eager to attend with one of their animals, so I RSVPed for the party and we were ready to go.
So, back to 7:30. We showed up and there was a check-in table where each of their animals were labeled with their name and their “mom” or “dad’s” name. Then it was time for pictures with the Chick-Fil-A cow. Oh, did I mention they encouraged the kids to wear their pajamas? Here are my kids and husband with their animals and the cow. (See the socks on some of the stuffed animals? Those are the sleeping bags — my clever kids thought of that idea all by themselves!)
After pictures they had a craft for the kids — they got to design and color their own pillowcase! Then it was time for cookies and milk. We finished off the evening by writing letters to their stuffed animals, just in case they became homesick over night. Then we left them behind to snuggle in for the night with the Chick-Fil-A cow and headed home.
Maggie and Jacob spent the drive home talking about all the fun their animals must be having with the other animals friends they were making. The great people at Chick-Fil-A even took some pictures of the fun the animals had and shared them online. (Photo credit for the 4 images below goes to Chick-Fil-A Martinsburg.)
The next morning we headed in to pick them up. The kids were each given a 3 piece chicken mini for breakfast, another craft was available (creating custom bookmarks – Jacob and Maggie enjoyed that!), I received a Chick-Fil-A calendar (yay for free food each month!) and the event concluded with a drawing for a few door prizes. Any of the kids who didn’t win a door prize received a coupon for a free ice cream cone or cookie. We walked away with 2 new Dr. Seuss books and 2 coupons.
The kids (and obviously their stuffed animals) had an awesome time! I’m so thankful to have a local Chick-Fil-A so focused on providing wholesome (free) entertainment (plus yummy food) for our family! This was such an adorable, fun event! If your child ever has the opportunity to take their stuffed animal to a stuffed animal sleepover, DO IT! It will be a memory they are sure to keep a cherish for quite some time!