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Houston Arboretum Transforms Into a Flashback 1970s Kids’ Wonderland For Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Day

Getting Groovy With It For a Good Cause

BY // 04.21.24
photography Johnny Than

What: Texas Children’s Hospital Ambassadors Family Fun Day

Where: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

PC Moment: Kids climbing rock walls, toddlers riding “unicorns” and everyone dancing to the sounds of The Boogies. . .  So many moments and so much fun occurred when the Texas Children’s Hospital Ambassadors Family Fun Day took on a groovy 1970s theme in celebration of the hospital’s 70th anniversary.

A Fare Extraordinaire was tasked with transforming the great outdoors into a ’70s-inspired play land and providing a family friendly menu that included corn dogs, chicken tacos, watermelon cubes, turkey sandwiches on rainbow bagels, grilled cheese, short rib sliders and a roasted broccoli Caesar. For dessert, mini milkshakes, unicorn snow cones, and mini birthday cakes, all reflecting the hospital’s milestone birthday, satisfied the sweet tooth of all.

Liz and Steven Bender and Isla and Joseph Jornayvaz chaired this 14th annual Fun Day that saw more than 550 parents and kids joining the party that is one of several of Texas Children’s exclusive events and volunteer opportunities that have the goal of helping patients.

Alicia Kuhn, Roula Smith and Julia TenHoeve; Photo by Johnny Than for Jenny Antill
Alicia Kuhn, Roula Smith, Julia TenHoeve at the Ambassadors for Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Day (Photo by Johnny Than)

The action packed afternoon featured retired Houston Texan offensive tackle and Texans Youth Coach Wade Smith providing  some gridiron excitement for both boys and girls too.

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The event provided philanthropic opportunities to the benefit of Texas Children’s Child Life Department, which aims to comfort children and families staying at the hospital by providing activities such as the Pawsitive Play therapy dogs, games, music and medical play to alleviate fears and promote a sense of normalcy.

Kids enjoying 70s crafts; Photo by Johnny Than for Jenny Antill
Youngsters enjoying crafts at the Ambassadors for Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Day (Photo by Johnny Than)

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