I have always wanted to take my kids to a special breakfast with Santa. I love the idea of nice family breakfast with Christmas decorations all around, Santa stopping by our table, fun activities for the kids to participate in…
The Hard Rock Cafe’s Breakfast with Santa seemed to be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Christmas season! All 6 of my kiddos were so very excited, especially my 4 and 6 year old who currently revere Santa.
When we arrived my family was immediately taken with the impressive decor at the Hard Rock Cafe. There is something so mesmerizing about Rock and Roll memorabilia from artists gone forever as well as still rocking today, There were cute Christmas decorations all around and tiny stockings to match the # of kids were posted on the wall behind each reserved table.
As it was 10AM my crew was pretty starving so we attacked the buffet first. There was in impressive amount of bacon as well as an array of danish, granola, cereal, and plenty of eggs. The bacon, was rather delicious, and I can’t ever complain about danish!
There was plenty to eat and enough variety for my kids to be fully and happy.
Santa came in as we were eating breakfast and we were lucky enough to be seated in the same room that he would be in. My four year old was elated and didn’t hesitate to jump on Santa’s lap and jabber away about the car he wanted for Christmas. My kids from 6 years up, however, immediately recognized the strings attaching “Santa’s” beard as well as other tell tale signs that he was young and not bearded. My 6 year old was pretty disappointed, but we quickly explained that sometimes Santa uses fake “Santa’s” when he can’t be there himself. While I believe a more realistic Santa could be found, it didn’t ruin the experience for my children.
As we were finishing up breakfast the Elf show began on the stage downstairs and we went to the balcony to watch from above. While the girls were dressed in holiday colors and the music was fun and seasonal, I did think the show was a little inappropriate for a family event and perhaps should have been saved for a more mature audience. Ultimately the girls were very flexible and impressive and my kids have certainly never seen anything like it, so it was memorable experience.
Our favorite activity turned out to be the doughnut decorating station where we spent a large portion of our time and properly stuffed ourselves with sweets. My kids all enjoyed decorating their doughnuts with chocolate, candy bits, strawberry and caramel drizzles and pretzel pieces.
Next we tried the stocking decorating area. After visiting Santa each kiddo was gifted a stocking filled with treats and prizes that they could then take with them to decorate. This was particularly exciting for my crew!
Unfortunately, most of the decorating supplies were running low or out by the time we got to the table. I also believe the decision to provide puffy paint rather than a faster drying glue may want to be rethought next year. We ended up with quite the puffy paint mess as well as stains on the Christmas sweaters our kids wore to breakfast. Nevertheless, My children had a good time decorating and smiled the whole time.
Perhaps a glue based paint could be substituted in the future and more supplies be purchased so everyone has the chance to decorate fully.
As our time at breakfast ran out we made a trip to the coloring station by the stage. Again, while, the Elves were impressive in their flexibility my poor 12 year old was rather uncomfortable during their show. I think if the girls added a small skirt it would help to ease the feel that the show was more provocative than festive.
Ultimately, breakfast with Santa at the Hard Rock was a fun experience for my kids.
My kids came away happy, so while I would make some suggestions for future breakfasts, I would also say the Hard Rock successfully created good Christmas memories for our family!