Patients and families at Children’s Minnesota celebrated winter birthdays in grand style with the first-ever Winter Beach Birthday Bash in The Zone last week. Sponsored by COKeM International, the party’s beach theme was reflected in everything from the decorations, to the music, to the crafts and games. Activities included lei making, sand art, beach games, face painting and nail decorating. Partygoers enjoyed local snacks provided by Minnesnowii Shave Ice and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

The Minnesota Zoomobile also joined the celebration by entertaining patients and families with several animals- even a chinchilla and an anteater! At the end of the party, everyone left with a giveaway beach bag as well as souvenir photos capturing all the fun.

For patients who weren’t able to attend the birthday bash in person, the MN Zoomobile was broadcast live to patient rooms and party bags and treats were delivered to units throughout the hospital. “Everyone loves a birthday party! Much appreciation to COKeM International for making this possible,” expressed the child life staff at Children’s MN.