AOL Take Your Child To Work Day 2015


TYCTWDI am so lucky to work for a company that supports National Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day. It is Luke’s favorite day of the year (next to Christmas and his birthday of course). This year I planned the event for the AOL Beverly Hills office and I structured the activities around a few of AOL’s core values (We take fun seriously, We Hire And Empower Smart People Who Love What They Do & We Are In The Business of Helping People, Period).  It was a fantastic day that started out with teaching each child the very valuable sales skill of introducing oneself and giving a proper business handshake.  Children got to push around a donut cart and introduce themselves to their parents’ co-workers.  Special thanks to my fellow AOLers, Katinka Walker, Lauren Damron & Cathy Brough who helped me execute the event.

TYCTWD Agenda MAP{I designed a TYCTWD Agenda Map, Disneyland style, for each child}

Red Carpet{Our first activity was “On The Red Carpet” where AOL.com Curator, Jenny Depper taught the kids how she interviews celebrities on the Red Carpet.  One child’s interview question was “So, Beyonce- what song do you plan to release on iTunes next?” Awesome, right?}

Face painter{Keeping with our “fun” theme, we brought in a face painter}

Raging Fires{Luke created a new character for himself which he named “Raging Fires”}

CHLA{To align with our value of “Helping People”, the kids packed donation boxes for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Literally Healing program which provides books to children in the hospital}

Huffpost Ice Cream Tasting{After lunch we had the editors of Huffpost Taste teach the kids how to write a tasting review.  We did an ice cream tasting which consisted of 6 different flavors of Vanilla ice cream.  The clear winner? Tillamook}

Huffpost TasteLifestyle Athletics{After the ice cream, my personal boxing instructor, owner of Lifestyle Athletics, came by to help the kids do some exercises to burn off the sugar.  Who can hold a plank the longest?}

IMG_6487{Coach Coronel provided each kid with a certificate of completion}

Create Your Own Monster{We wound the kids back down after the vigorous exercise with a “Create your own AOL Monster” activity, which was Luke’s idea.  That’s his monster on the left}

Huffpost Show{Next we took the kids backstage for a tour of where we film the Huffpost Show}

Huffpost Show Set{they got to sit on set}

Control Room{And go back into the producer’s control room}

Luke on Camera{Then we put the kids on camera with a teleprompter}

{This was Luke’s Video Debut as a News caster for AOL News}

IMG_6468{Luke and I ended our day by dropping off the boxes at CHLA}

Luke and Me