Miami-Dade County

Children’s Trust free expo teaches Miami-Dade families about health, education

Four-year-old Kasandra Nunez releases a cup in a wind tunnel at The Children's Trust 2015 Family Expo.
Four-year-old Kasandra Nunez releases a cup in a wind tunnel at The Children's Trust 2015 Family Expo. Miami Herald Staff

Saturday afternoon was a day of fun and festivity for the visitors of The Children’s Trust Family Expo.

The event welcomed families and children to share and learn about new educational and health-related opportunities in Miami, free of charge.

“The primary benefit of this, is to be able to bring many social services under one roof for our parents to find out what is available for their children, and we do it in a really fun and engaging atmosphere,” said Emily Cardenas, director of communication for The Children’s Trust. “You have to find ways to attract people to something like this.”

The Family Expo is a yearly event that serves as an opportunity for 200 exhibitors to get together and distribute information about social services, health and education to the Miami-Dade County community.

The event is hosted by The Children’s Trust in partnership with some exhibitors who focus on educating and involving parents and children to programs and services in hopes of teaching them about all of the diverse subject areas and things that they feel families need to be connecting to.

Every program involved in the expo must have an educational purpose whether it’s health, math, environmental awareness, science, or spelling.

“I come every year and bring my two kids,” said Maria Perez, 26. “It’s good for them because they watch shows and have fun, and we also learn of new things, for example how to better [our] health and nutrition at home.”

Programs and amenities offered include after-school programs and summer camps, tutoring programs, health programs and low cost insurance access. A book fair, spelling bee and dance performances also took the two stages and expo centers of the fair.

About 20 different departments of Miami-Dade County Public Schools also participated, to talk about technology and nutrition.

Health and wellness were also touched on throughout the expo.

Baptist Hospital was present and teaching parents on how to cut sugar intake of their children to prevent childhood obesity. Also, a big jump rope exhibition was held with participation for physical activity.

Science also played a role at the fair with themes related to technology and math, as well as interactive activities with the kids.

“It’s really timely to have the Museum of Science here doing fun activities with the kids because it brings science and technology alive for kids in a really hands-on way and engages them,” Cardenas said.

The event ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and was held at the Miami Dade Country Fair and Expo Center at Coral Way and Southwest 112 Avenue.

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