If you have wanted to join in on Occupy Wall Street and haven’t been able to do so because of family obligations or if you want to teach your kids about making our voices heard- you now have the opportunity to do so in a safe and festive event. Parents for Occupy Wall Street is having a family sleepover in Zuccotti Park from Friday, October 21 to October 22nd. The event will not only be a great teaching moment for kids but a totally community driven peaceful protest with events throughout the weekend.
What a great way for the world to see that parents and children can and should be heard (and not just in restaurants!), but about important matters. We can show everyone that this peaceful movement affects all U.S. citizens and that includes families. This isn’t just a movement for the radical, super young or unemployed- as it has been popularly described- but a movement for families who have had home foreclosures, seen cuts in their school budgets, loss of health insurance- and most definitely, unemployment.
Activities include a sing-a-long with Dan Zanes, a surprise celebrity guest to read a bedtime story to the kids, arts and crafts, a parents coffee date, unity line, and a pizza party. Volunteers are organizing and running the entire event.
If you can’t do the actual sleepover but want to contribute somehow- they need volunteers and items like flashlights, tape and hot chocolate.
There will be a clearly marked Child Safe Area, with a check-in system and security personal. Only registered participants with children will be allowed in the family area. All children will be required to wear ID badges and a head count will be taken hourly.
“Parents for Occupy Wall St is a nonpartisan platform for all parents, families, and related organizations to come together to be heard about issues facing our children’s futures in support of Occupy Wall St.”
Family Sleep Over at Occupy Wall Street
Friday, Oct. 21, 4 pm. – Saturday, Oct 22, 11 am
Zuccotti Park, New York City
All ages welcome.
To donate, volunteer, or attend, please see their website at: Parents for Occupy Wall Street
4pm Check in begins
5pm Arts & Crafts
6pm Children’s Music Sing-Along – Featuring Dan Zanes
7pm Unity Line
7:30pm Pizza Party – Thanks to Mark’s Pizza 326 VanBrunt St Brooklyn
8pm Bed Time Prep/ 111 Child Meditation
8:45 Bedtime Story –
9pm Family Quiet Time
10pm Parents Coffee Date
*Schedule subject to change according to rain date & Hourly head counts not listed above
Please Make Sure to Bring:
-Warm clothes for the entire family
-Enclosure for children to sleep *tents are not permitted at the park but we can create enclosures with some creativity and tarps!* We recommend strollers, carriers, and the like
-Snacks if your child has food allergies
-Changes of clothes in case of rain
-Mats & sleeping bags for adults
-Tarps, lots of tarps
-Snacks & Drinks