Miami-Dade County

Expo gets families off to strong start for school year

The Children’s Trust wants to bring families together to play, learn and get off to a good start for the school year at its Family Expo on Saturday.

Rock climbing, bounce houses, balloon sculptures and face painting will be on tap, along with a book fair, nutrition advice and a sports fitness zone.

While kids play, parents can learn about after-school activities, educational programs, low-cost health insurance, nutrition, safety, services for children with special needs and Pre-K registration. A nutritionist from Baptist Health South Florida will discuss healthy eating for families.

The Miami Marlins will be there, working with the younger set on T-ball and older kids on pitching practice. Kids can also get a mental workout with hands-on science experiments at the Science Treehouse and all-day chess tournaments.

Read to Learn Books for Free, a literacy program funded by the Children’s Trust in partnership with the Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College, will host a book fair with appearances by Brad Meltzer, author of the I am book series about historical figures, and Bob Shea, author of Dinosaur Vs. the Potty.

Free backpacks and composition books will be given to the first 1,000 school-age children. Puppies will be available for adoption from the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

The expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, Arnold Hall and Fuchs pavilions, Coral Way between 109th and 112th avenues. The Expo and parking are free. For more information, visit or call 211.

Alexi Cardona