With Christmas almost here, Santa needs as much help as he can get at the North Pole finishing toys for good little girls and boys.
To do their part, Muncie families can complete their elf training and earn their Elf licenses at the Amazing Elf Adventure in Muncie’s Children’s Museum.
“This is our sixth year doing it,” said head elf Shelly Linder. “We do it every year. We start the day after Thanksgiving.”
Throughout the museum, different elf characters wait to help families complete their assigned task for the room they are in. Here is a break down of each workshop:
Employment Bureau of New Elves
The Amazing Elf Adventure is open for field trip groups Thursdays and Fridays, and open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission is $3 for MCM members, and $4 for non-members. There is also a package of admission for both the Amazing Elf Adventure and the museum for $8.
The last day for the event is Dec. 23.
The elves-in-training start their journey at the Employment Bureau of New Elves where they get their training handbook and their weight and height are measured in North Pole measurements.
Reindeer Locker Room
The future elves first training scenario takes them to Santa’s reindeer locker room where they have to match each locker with the correct reindeer using the locker numbers.
Next, the training elves take a quick break aboard the Polar Express, as they arrive at the North Pole.
The first stop after stepping off the Polar Express is the Snow Globe, where elves help find snowballs and get to have a snowball fight.
Here, the soon-to-be elves appreciate two different winter holidays: Kwanzaa, a celebration of African Heritage, by making bracelets, and Hanukkah, a jewish religious festival, by lighting a Menorah. The hard working elves also make a holiday cards.
Afterwards, the elves go to Santa’s workshop to help make toys for children all around the world. Santa also left his naughty and nice list out so elves who weren’t as nice this year have a chance to get something other than coal this christmas.
Elf Command Center
After going through a dizzying portal, the elves visit the brains of Santa’s team by visiting the Elf Command Center. The elves help deliver presents with the Elf Postal Service by helping Santa find where the children live on his map of the world.
The last challenge the elves face is the obstacle course, where they go down a chimney and ride a reindeer through a series of cones to make sure they can fly Santa’s sleigh in any weather condition.
After all of their hard work, the in-training elves receive their Elf license, but they aren’t done until they find their elf names. They must look for clues in Mrs. Claus’s classroom that help them discover their titles.
When they finish the Amazing Elf Adventure, elves can “expect a certain place on the nice list, as well as an experience they won’t forget learning about different holidays and the history of Christmas,” said Tinsel Garland, one of Santa’s elves.
One new elf, Anastasia Allen said, “It took a long way to get all the way to the back,” and even though the tasks weren’t very hard for her, she learned something new the whole time.
Ashley Taylor, the mother of another new elf, and her family also attended to help Santa, and she said, the training was “really fun, and [they] really enjoyed it.”
Any families who wish to become official elves this Christmas still have until Dec. 23, and Linder said Santa will be making an appearance Dec. 23 to personally thank his helpers.
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