Bring Your Kids to Work Day has always been something that our Jack Westside team has wanted to do, so when a few of our parents approached the Culture and Community Club with the idea this year, we were ready to jump on it and create an extraordinary day for our office’s kiddos. This event was long overdue and had a record turnout of 13 children, with participation from almost every parent in our office.
As our Bring Your Kids to Work Day team began to plan this event, we hoped to show our Jack Westside kids the fun and innovative culture and work of our office throughout all of our planned activities. We started off the day with a photo opp for parents and their kids with a custom printed backdrop designed by our creative team and some time to play with our office’s resident inflatable whale (our Docker client’s mascot). The kids then had the opportunity to introduce themselves and explore the entire office, meet some of their parents’ coworkers, and pick up summer-themed trinkets during a scavenger hunt/parade. Next, the kids sat down to decorate their very own picture frames, a perfect vessel for parents to display the photos they took with their kids earlier in the day. Next, we moved on to story time, where our own David Harrison and Ethan Gunning read a story that our team had written for the Homeless Youth Alliance, a pro-bono client of Jack Westside’s, complete puppets and high pitched voices. Next, the older kids had the opportunity to try VR with T-Mobile’s Home Run Derby game that was featured at the MLB All Star game in 2016. Finally, we brought the whole group back together to enjoy pizza and a special video. We had asked parents to submit videos in advance asking their kids, “What do you think your parent does at work?”. We got some amazing answers that provided quite a few laughs for the whole office.
Overall, this truly was an extraordinary day, both for the kids, parents, and the Jack Westside community overall. We can’t wait to invite our kids back to the office next year!