With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! Childcare is available as well for use during speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers or childcare you will earn extra raffle tickets-just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
Cape Cod Bear Factory travels the Cape in our completely renovated Bear Bus stuffing animals and creating memories with children and adults alike. We come to you for Birthday Parties, Fundraisers and Special Events. Operating all year round, we offer a fun Birthday experience for Cape Cod Families.
2. Where is it located?
We are based out of Centerville but with our mobility, we can travel and serve the entire Cape and beyond!
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
My favorite thing about the Cape Cod community is its passion, excitement and support for local business. We have been blessed to meet some amazing families and fellow business owners all who invest themselves by reaching out, sharing our story and encouraging our dreams and ambitions as we push towards the newest branch of our business.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
The Cape Cod Bear Factory has had the opportunity to partner with some amazing community resources to help raise funds, including the Osterville Village Library and the March of Dimes. We offer fun activities for children at community events and have some BIG announcements coming that will enhance the community in a large way!
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
As a homeschooling mom of a 4 and 5 year old, I think the biggest challenge is providing fun/playbased learning experiences for our children on Cape Cod.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
My favorite business memory comes from Pajama Nights at Polar Cave Ice Cream. On one specific Friday night, we showed up early to accommodate a very special, and our very first, wheelchair customer. When we purchased our bus, having a wheelchair lift and being able to offer fun memories to children of all abilities was a top priority. The entire experience with this sweet customer of ours will be with me forever. With the help of her mother and me, she stuffed a new cow as her father, grandmother and home-health-aid watched on, all with the biggest smiles on their faces. Tears of happiness were shed by all and it was by far the most fulfilling experience we have ever had aboard the Bear Bus.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
My advice to parents and caregivers is to let your children take the lead, follow their interests and use every day experiences to teach and inspire your children. Focus on making memories and always try to leave one day a week open for them to stay home and play/use their imagination.
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
The Bear Factory has a few events coming that we can’t wait to be a part of. Find all of our events at facebook.com/ccbearfactory
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