Gingerbread Lane: Building sweet abodes for a good cause

I love the holidays because it gives adults perfectly good excuses to build houses out of cookies and candy. On Sunday I got to experience some of that childlike joy helping families build gingerbread houses as part of a Kids Quest Children’s Museum program at the Bellevue Hilton with about 15 other volunteers.

After volunteers arrived in the event room, the Kids Quest representative explained our duties and passed out elf hats and reindeer antlers. Most of us were wearing red or green to promote maximum festivity. Oodles of gumdrops, cookies, chocolate chips, mini marshmallow, starbursts and skittles were laid out like an enormous feast fit for Buddy the Elf. We manned our stations and prepared for the hungry hoards.

Some of the building materials at Gingerbread Lane

Some of the building materials at Gingerbread Lane

It was as fun as can be. Kids and their parents filed in and one by one us volunteers led them to their tables and helped them get set up. Some of us snipped the tops off frosting bags so the kids could get started piping. Others procured handy wipes (those things live up to their name when copious frosting is around). Still others questioned children about their architectural plans.  I saw several pretty impressive pieces of architecture. Check ‘em out.

One of the awesome gingerbread houses at GB Lane

One of the awesome gingerbread houses at GB Lane


Pretty impressive

Pretty impressive

All that bright candy and mounds of shaved coconut had me hankering for a carb-filled repast of my own. I was glad to hear that, post-cleanup, us volunteers were each entitled to an unfrosted gingerbread house and as much candy as we  could stuff into a ziplock bag. Ah, the spoils of gingerbread construction.

I plan to create something amazing.  Something that would make Buddy proud.