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Kid Expo gets huge turnout

Families attend event in hopes of finding children’s activities in SCV

Posted: October 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Child & Family Center volunteer Susan Wood, left, helps a young girl with a spin of the wheel at Sunday's Kid Expo 2012 put on by the Child & Family Center at Golden Valley High School.

Hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley families descended on Golden Valley High School Sunday to check out a cornucopia of options available to local kids from soccer balls to books at Kid Expo 2012.

With a $3 admission fee, adults — many with their kids — got a chance to stroll through a gymnasium packed with local vendors offering something for local children.

The Child & Family Center billed the afternoon as “back by popular demand” after choosing not to run the event last year despite a decade of successfully having staged it.

“Businesses were really hurt by us not doing it last year,” said Lois Bauccio, foundation president. “So we put it on.”

Every dollar raised goes directly to Child & Family Center which provides mental health and behavioral services to more than 850 local children every week, she said.

“It’s a good healthy family outing,” said center president and CEO Darrell T. Paulk. “It’s also good for families looking for what’s available for their kids.”

Kid Expo featured more than 100 exhibitors from the Santa Clarita Valley, including local firms offering karate, dance, art, gymnastics and reading.

Inside the packed event, families went booth to booth collecting information on what’s available to children.

“We opened our doors at 11 and it’s been non-stop,” said Amanda Allegra, spokeswoman for Lil’ Kickers Indoor Soccer which teaches kids soccer skills.

Tiffany Lindsay — one of more than 3,000 visitors Sunday — made the trip from Acton to be at the Kid Expo, she said.

“I have four kids and since we’re going to be moving there (Santa Clarita Valley) I wanted to see what’s available,” she said.

The event wasn’t just an education for parents.

Children had a chance to have fun — to check out Jeff Lee’s Working Wildlife show or ride the Kiddie Train or touch live sea creatures in Aquarium of the Pacific’s Mobile Tide Pool exhibit.




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