TAMPA, Fla. — A popular holiday attraction is back at the Glazer Children's Museum with new changes to keep kids safe.
The Gingerbread Village is always a hit this time of year, but museum staff wasn't sure if the building workshop would work during the pandemic.
"The entire team was like, we have to do Gingerbread Village!" says museum, CEO and president Sarah Cole.
The seasonal smash uses crafting supplies in lieu of sweets and goodies. The kids design their creations first; then get the necessary building pieces. They can take houses home, or leave them on display at museum.
In years prior, kids would dig into the cardboard squares, pixie straws, buttons and more. Now village workers use tongs to safely dole out the fun.
Tables are socially distanced and families are encouraged to sit together. Sanitizing is constant and routine.
Christmas music and the appearance of Crumb the inflatable Gingerbread Kid helps keep the mood fun and festive.
Speaking of Crumb, the museum is also hosting the virtual Gingerbread Crumb Run, a holiday race/scavenger hunt families can do together. Proceeds from the race benefit the museum's Social Responsibility Initiative assisting families in need.