KIDSPO 2013 entertains kids and their families

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.

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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.

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