Ho-ho-home run at MCU Park

Ho-ho-home run at MCU Park
All smiles: Kylie Palumbo and Isabella Scully enjoyed making crafts as they waited for Santa to arrive at a breakfast and meet-and-greet at MCU Park in Coney Island on Sunday.
Photo by Jon Farina

Call it a breakfast of champions.

Kids in Coney Island lived out their dreams on Sunday when they came face-to-face with Santa himself over flapjacks and coloring books at a fun-filled breakfast event at MCU Park. One Bensonhurst mom who trekked out to Coney for the breakfast said that her youngster was excited to finally see Santa in the flesh and to snap a photo with him to preserve the memory.

“She had a great photo with Santa,” said Ann Marie Palumbo of her 3-year-old daughter, Kylie. “She was excited because we’ve been hyping up seeing Santa for the past couple weeks. It was a lot of fun.”

The local International House of Pancackes provided pancakes for the hungry kiddies and their parents, and Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull also made sure to get some face-time with the visitors.

And when Santa wasn’t taking gift requests, he led a sing-a-long of his favorite Christmas carols — including “Jingle Bells” — and even grabbed a solo during “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” And once he tired out his pipes, he had one of his elves read a favorite holiday classic, “The Night Before Christmas.”

A Bay Ridge mom said that her daughter enjoyed alternating between making homemade puppets and talking to Santa about her dreams for Christmas morning — and that Santa was everything she imagined he would be and more.

“She really enjoyed herself,” Teresa Mendez said of her 8-year-old daughter, Grace. “Santa was very friendly, very animated.”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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