More than 185 people gathered at the UC Davis MIND Institute’s 2nd annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 19 as part of the Family Time at the MIND series of events. Guests were treated to a magic show, hula hoop performance, craft tables, games, and trick-or-treating with the support of 40 volunteers and “trunk-or-treating” thanks to the NorCal Challengers car club.
Marcella Williams, a mother of three, brings her children to every Family Time at the MIND event because of the welcoming atmosphere for people with neurodevelopmental disorders
“This is our second time at the Fall Festival,” Williams said. “The effort made for children to create such an inclusive event is incredible – they feel normal, they feel accepted. That’s why we come.”
Ray Oslowski, president of the NorCal Challengers, invited club members to bring their cars out for an all-new activity called “trunk-or-treating.” Twelve shiny Dodge Challengers lined the driveway and parking lot as costume-clad participants went from car to car for goodies. Each owner decked out their trunks with Halloween decorations like faux spider webs, skeletons, signs, lights, and large bowls of candy or toys for kids.
Family Time at the MIND was created by Erin Roseborough, child life specialist and volunteer coordinator at the MIND Institute, to provide a safe, friendly space for families and children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Four Family Time events are held throughout the year and include yoga, movie night, back-to-school activities and more. Click here for a list of upcoming events.