KIDSPO 2013 entertains kids and their families

Heartbeat Studios Youth Choir Heartbeat Studios Youth Choir Heartbeat Studios Youth Choir Heartbeat Studios Youth Choir Children and their parents react to an appearance by Elmo from Sesame Street Live at KIDSPO 2013. Children and their parents react to an appearance by Elmo from Sesame Street Live at KIDSPO 2013. Gamin' Ride offered iDance during KIDSPO 2013. Gamin' Ride offered iDance during KIDSPO 2013. Gamin' Ride offered iDance during KIDSPO 2013. Lakeville author Gordon Fredrickson Lakeville author Gordon Fredrickson Eagan Fire Department mascot greets children Eagan Fire Department mascot greets children Primrose Schools of Eagan and Lakeville offered interactive songs and activities during KiDSPO 2013. KIDS ID Minnesota offered indentification kids to parents during KIDSPO. The Eagan Fire Department offered a presentation on fire safety at KIDSPO 2013. Kids showed how they get low in the event of a fire. Children got to try out hockey during KIDSPO 2013. Lakeville-based Twin Cities Ballet and Ballet Royale of Minnesota performed previews of "The Nutcracker." Miss Minnesota Teen Corrina Marie Swiggum was the emcee of the Old Navy Fashion Show during KIDSPO 2013. Miss Minnesota Teen Corrina Marie Swiggum was the emcee of the Old Navy Fashion Show during KIDSPO 2013. Kids paused for a photo with "The Nutcracker" at Lakeville-based Twin Cities Ballet and Ballet Royale of Minnesota's booth.
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Kids paused for a photo with "The Nutcracker" at Lakeville-based Twin Cities Ballet and Ballet Royale of Minnesota's booth.

Hundreds of people attended the inaugural KIDSPO Kids & Family Expo was held Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Eagan Community Center.

The event, organized by Sun Thisweek and Sun Current newspapers, offered entertainment, activities, food and much more as more than 60 exhibitors filled the Community Center along with a stage with entertainment and play areas.

The event featured stage entertainment by Apple Valley-based Heartbeat Studios; children’s authors Lynn Garthwaite and Lakeville’s Gordon Fredrickson; Eagan Fire Department personnel; Primrose School of Eagan and Lakeville; and Lakeville-based Twin Cities Ballet and Ballet Royale of Minnesota.

There were carnival games, inflatables, iDance, Studio Bodair of Lakeville’s crazy hair, Tiny Diva Princess Party face painting and The Works Museum of Bloomington’s engineering and art activities. Children also had free use of the Community Center’s The Blast play area.

Kids Corner, sponsored by Sesame Street Live, had activities for young children and Elmo read a story every hour starting at 10:30 a.m.

More is at http://kidspo2013.com.

The title sponsor of the event was Metro Dentalcare and Orthodontic Care Specialists.

Gold sponsors were Park Chrysler Jeep of Burnsville and Primrose Schools of Eagan and Lakeville.

Silver sponsors were Christian Heritage Academy, Ballet Royale and Twin Cities Ballet Minnesota, US Federal Credit Union, Fairview Hospitals & Clinics, Thoroughbred Carpet & Floors, Hirshfield’s, Glowing Hearth & Home and Savers Unique Thrift Store.