Photos courtesy of Caesar Cabada.
Santa Claus normally travels by air, but for this Saturday’s special occasion in Long Beach he’s ditching Rudolph and his sleigh for a journey by yacht. Children and their families are welcome to watch him arrive between 8:45AM to 9:45AM at Parkers’ Lighthouse.
On Saturday, December 6 from 8AM to 11AM, the Annual “Breakfast with Santa” will welcome families from the community to see the jolly holiday character arrive in style, have their photo taken with him and eat a delicious breakfast. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Child Life Program at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach.
Children will be able to meet Santa along with “Millie the Dolphin,” the Miller Children’s mascot, who will be greeting new arrivals to Parkers’ Lighthouse. Children can make their case to Santa for the “nice list” and tell him what they hope to find under the tree this Christmas.
As a way to spread holiday cheer throughout the Long Beach community and give back to the kids who are too sick to leave the hospital for the holidays, Parkers’ Lighthouse has created this tradition to raise money for programs at Miller Children’s. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the hospital.
The Child Life Program was developed to make the hospital experience a more positive one for children of all ages by offering developmental, educational and emotional support because kids need more than medicine to get well. Child Life Specialists use medical play, activity playrooms, art therapy and pet therapy to help lessen anxieties and fears in kids and teens.