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An expo to explore

Popular kids event highlights family and parenting resources for Capital District families

At the Hannaford Kidz Expo, young people can explore the world of reptiles and take part in a number of shows and activities throughout the day.

At the Hannaford Kidz Expo, young people can explore the world of reptiles and take part in a number of shows and activities throughout the day.

Do you have one child who is begging to see stars at the planetarium, another who is yearning to play skee ball and a third who is up for a circus?

IF YOU GO

• What: Hannaford Kidz Expo

• Where: Empire State Plaza in Albany

• When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, March 2

• Cost: Free

At any other time of year, you may need to toss a coin, but this month you are in luck. They can do that and much more at the Hannaford Kidz Expo Saturday, March 2, at the Empire State Plaza.

The Kidz Expo, returning for its eighth year, draws thousands of people annually. The event showcases more than 100 vendors, exhibitors and activities for sports enthusiasts, bookworms, information junkies, arts and craft lovers and more. While the kids are busy exploring, parents will have the opportunity to learn about summer camps, educational programs and hundreds of other resources available for families in the surrounding communities.

“The event becomes more popular every year. Last year, there were about 8,000 people, and we anticipate it will grow again this year,” says Joseph Brill, from the state Office of General Services.

Some of the more popular activities that will be returning this year are the Roaming Railroad, which is a custom-built train ride; bounce houses; Radio Disney; and Star Wars characters. Some of the exhibitions debuting this year are the Albany Berkshire Ballet, which will perform a mix of classical ballet and contemporary dance; the Albany Pine Bush, which will provide kids an opportunity to participate in an educational scavenger hunt; and Obstacle House, which will have kids moving and grooving to a healthy beat.

Sari Medick from Tiny Tots Tea Room in Clifton Park has been bringing her “Playroom on the Plaza” to the expo for two years.

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