Families have fun at AMR’s Winter Wonderland

| December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Children frolick in 25 tons of snow that is delivered just in time for Winter Wonderland. (Doris Pangelinan, Oahu Publications)

Children frolick in 25 tons of snow that is delivered just in time for Winter Wonderland at Aliamanu Military Reservation. (Doris Pangelinan, Oahu Publications)

Doris Pangelinan
Staff Writer

ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION — Dozens of families flocked to Winter Wonderland at the Army Community Center for hours of fun-filled Christmas festivities and snow, here, Saturday.

The fun began bright and early at 8 a.m. when nearly 150 visitors sat down to a communal breakfast with Santa.

At 9 a.m., a multitude of activities kicked off, as children – some with one or two parents or relatives in tow – went from station to station in the various large rooms, where they sat at tables crafting glittery ornaments, reindeer antlers, luggage tags, edible trees and more items.

Children proudly show off the ornaments they made at the AMR Winter Wonderland, Dec. 12. (Doris Pangelinan, Oahu Publications)

Children proudly show off the ornaments they made at the AMR Winter Wonderland, Dec. 12. (Doris Pangelinan, Oahu Publications)

Volunteers were on hand to guide them in the making of their creations and to provide assistance at play stations.

Visitors who didn’t attend breakfast or who got hungry after so much action munched on pizza, hot dogs, cake, snow cones and other goodies that were available at several booths.

In the biggest room, smaller kids had fun for hours jumping about on two large bouncers, and some lined up to take turns playing a modified version of tennis or ride around on large stuffed animals on wheels (Hali Hali rides).

Young, dressed-up performers entertained audiences, dancing and singing on stage.

In another room, Santa greeted all children who entered and posed for pictures taken by a photographer that all could take home as a souvenir, free of charge.

Youngsters have fun on Hali Hali rides, which were various, large stuffed animals at the Winter Wonderland. (Doris Pangelinan, Oahu Publications)

Youngsters have fun on Hali Hali rides, which were various,
large stuffed animals at the Winter Wonderland. (Doris Pangelinan, Oahu Publications)

The main crowd pleaser, however, and the highlight of AMR’s Winter Wonderland was the outdoor snow zone. Under clear blue skies, with a temperature hovering around 80 degrees, youngsters wearing shorts built snow castles, had snowball fights and stomped around on 25 tons of snow provided by fishing company Pop Machine & Marine and delivered that same morning by Amazon Trucking.

This year’s Winter Wonderland was a success, thanks to many volunteers, from Soldiers to Santa. Doors closed at 2 p.m.

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