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.
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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 https://www.thechildrenstrust.org or call 211.