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Lots to Discover at Kids Expo 2019

Monster destruction at the 2018 Kids Expo. MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTO

Kids Expo 2019 will be filled with sights, sounds and experiences for kids and parents.

The event, presented by Family Times, takes place on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the State Fairgrounds’ Center of Progress. Admission is free.

The monster trucks that thrilled spectators at last year’s Kids Expo will be back. Drivers Jessica Braukmann and her brother Billy Braukmann will talk to fans before the show. Kids can get up close and even touch the two trucks—Shockwave and Be Aware—while they’re parked inside the Center of Progress.

At about 1:30 p.m., the drivers will fire up the engines and take the trucks outdoors to demolish and hurdle a row of junk cars.

But the monster trucks are only the final act of the entertainment. Kids Expo visitors will also get a chance to see a variety of performances, from dancers to singers to drummers, in two different locations, the Pathfinder Bank Music Stage and the Bugs Bee Gone Performance Platform.

Animals are also a big part of Kids Expo. Sit Means Sit Dog Trainers are slated to give a demonstration. The K-9 Caring Angels Therapy Dogs will be meeting and greeting, and so will dogs from Paws of CNY.

Exhibitors run the gamut of services and products for kids and families. Usborne Books will be for sale, and a representative of Onondaga County Public Library will be on hand to talk about the programming and materials offered by the branches.

Among the activities kids can sample will be making art with Painting with a Twist and testing themselves on the Syracuse Ninja Barracks obstacle course. There will also be a bounce house for little kids.

Visitors can learn more about schools (among them, North Syracuse Early Education Program); extracurricular activities (including the Longhouse Council Boy Scouts of America); summer programs (Springside Farms, the YMCA and many more); and intriguing destinations (such as the Museum of Intrigue).

An abundance of giveaways will take place, and the first 600 families can put their souvenirs and fliers in a Nature’s Own swag bag.

See more photos and info on the Family Times Facebook page!

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