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North Country Kids Expo 2024


Jump Into the Family Fun Zone

The Annual North Country Kids Expo will be a day of fun for families, with play zones, performances, demonstrations and vendors. Experts and representatives will be set up to share resources and information on area opportunities for families, from health care to after school activities, to regional attractions. Kick off the spring with this great event for your family!


Saturday March 16th, 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST

SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center

34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617


Kids (12 and under) are FREE

$5 Admission for 13 & older (Cash Only)

Thank You to Our Sponsors & Supporters!

Kids 12 & under attend FREE sponsored by St. Lawrence Health!

Additional Marketing & Promotion supported by B 99.3FM

Registration & Sign-Up



We are seeking experts and representatives to share resources and information on area opportunities for families, from health care, to after school activities, to regional attractions. Exhibitor spaces are available for all the activities mentioned, as well as businesses and organizations that cater to families.

If you are offering an activity, you will receive a 2nd booth free!

Deadline for Exhibitor Registration is March 1st.

CLICK HERE for *Fillable* Application

CLICK HERE for *Print Friendly* Application


Young Entrepreneurs Opportunity

If you are age 6-18, sign up for a booth to give your business a try! Are you up for the challenge?

Watch a special orientation video, provided by SUNY Canton's Small Business Development Center to get you ready for the Expo! Business Advisor, Michelle Collins, reviews several tips and practices on how to establish a small business and get kids prepared for hosting a booth at the expo. Click the links below to watch the video and download worksheets to get started!


Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Inquire for Sponsorship Opportunities

E-mail Kathryn Puleo, Tourism & Events Manager

Educational Entertainment


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Lena the Lizard Lady

10:45am - 12:45pm

Meet Lena the Lizard Lady along with all of her special friends! Interact with exotic lizards, snakes and sloths in a safe environment. Lena's "We Aim to Amaze" entertainment is a HANDS ON educational experience. Come prepared to be amazed to interact with these exotic animals! Lena can often be found at birthday parties and events throughout the North Country and has over 30 years experience in children's entertainment and educational services.

Lena's Lizards

Lizards are Lena's specialty! Check out a variety of species including Bearded & Water Dragons, Tegus, Crested & Leopard Geckos, Skinks, Chameleons & False Chameleons. Lena's black and white tegu, Ted E. Bear and Rybecca, the Cuban rock iguana will be especially excited to greet you!

Slithering Safe Snakes

Check out a few, small, medium and large snakes for your next photo opp featuring Boas, Corn Snakes, Milk Snakes, Hognose, & Pythons. Take a picture with O'hana, Lena's 10 foot sunglow boa!

Super Cute Sloths

Meet a couple two-toes Linnaeus sloths! Take an up close picture with Lena and baby male Tony 2toes Slowman. Adult female, Sweet'Tater will be "hanging around" in her protective tent!

Rybecca, Cuban Rock Iguana
Rybecca, Cuban Rock Iguana
O'hana, Sunglow Boa
O'hana, Sunglow Boa
Ted E. Bear, White Tegu
Ted E. Bear, White Tegu
Tony 2toes Slowman, Linnaeus Sloth
Tony 2toes Slowman, Linnaeus Sloth


Kid Friendly Total Solar Eclipse Presentation

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Learn about the upcoming out-of-this world experience! Aileen O'Donoghue, Henry Priest Professor of Physics from St. Lawrence University, will review what a Total Solar Eclipse is and how it will affect St. Lawrence County on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Aileen's kid friendly presentation will review how the solar system aligns, creating dark skies midday with a 360-degree sunset throughout the narrow path of TOTALITY under the shadow of the moon. Learn how animals will react and what our surroundings will look and sound like because of the eclipse.

Aileen has been educating communities surrounding the Solar Eclipse over the past year and has a robust presentation to answer all your need-to-know questions!

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Exhibitor and Vendor Highlights



Applewood Orchards

Apple Orchard in Rensselaer Falls and agritourism business, offering a variety of activities for all age groups.

Say cheese at their photo opportunity and spin the wheel for prizes! Items from the orchard's Apple Barn Market including baked maple and vanilla cinnamon rolls, and donuts will also be available for purchase.

Nicandri Nature Center

Nicandri Nature Center

Located in Robert Moses State Park in Massena, the Nature Center provides a perfect place for learning and exploring from hiking trails and nature exhibits, to an aquarium and observatory. 

Learn about their children's programming with their Nature Experts, while the kids get creative with nature themed arts & crafts and meet one of their live turtles traveling to the expo for its first year!

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SLC Arts

SLC Arts is a non-profit that supports the arts and culture community in the tricounty area through programming, exhibitions, and their SCR regrant program.

Learn about (or register!) for their Creative Partnership and Teen Summer Programs while getting artsy with craft pop-up activities.

St. Lawrence Historical Association

St. Lawrence Historical Association 

Headquartered at the Silas Wright Museum in Canton, the SLHA maintains archives for genealogy research, as well as exhibits on North Country Life at the turn of the 20th century, serving as an educational resource for those interested in St. Lawrence County's history and traditions. The not-for-profit Association collects and preserves archival material and artifacts pertinent to the County's history including extensive records on the region's role in the Civil War and War of 1812. 

Visit their booth for hand-on activities, crafts and giveaways!



Visit St. Lawrence County

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is also the Tourism Promotion Agent for St. Lawrence County, in partnership with I Love NY.

There's plenty to do and explore in the largest geographic county in New York State! For fun family activities, daytrips and staycation ideas, visit with one of our Tourism Professionals from the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Stop by and learn about the robust hiking trail system and all the undiscovered opportunities the county has to offer between the 1,000 Islands and the Foothills of the Adirondacks!


2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Aileen O'Donoghue, Henry Priest Professor of Physics from St. Lawrence University will be available to answer any questions you have on what your Total Eclipse Experience will look like! Learn what to expect and all the effects that Totality will have when the county goes dark shortly after 3:20pm on Monday, April 8th! Aileen will provide demos including an Earth Orrery and a Yard Stick Eclipse to illustrate the Earth-Moon scale, take home instructional handouts and show various map displays to answer all your eclipse related science questions!

To check out all the happenings surrounding the Total Eclipse in STLC visit:

Child Care

Canton Day Care Center

Non-profit community based child care program for ages 6 weeks - 10 years of age.

Learn about available services!

SLC Community Development Program

Community Action Organization.

Make your own fish and/or puppets to go along with Eric Carle books (being displayed). Play with magnetic tiles and get some healthy recipes!

St. Lawrence Child Care Council

Non-for-profit child care system providing child care referrals for families, assistance to help pay for child care, licensing and inspection of child care programs.

Learn about available services and pick up some giveaways!


Boy Scouts of America

Youth organization providing the adventure of scouting and teaching new skills including group camping outings

Visit with Troop #27 of Canton and test out your skills with their inflatable tomahawks!

Canton Free Library

Supporting love of books, learning and shared stories for all ages.

Pick up a map of the Brown Bear Ramble scavenger hunt or get creative with colorful crafts! Design your own DIY rubber duckie or make a scratch-off postcard. Library giveaways will also be available!

Cornell Cooperative Extension of SLC: 4-H Youth Services

Providing educational outreach to the North Country through research, education and demonstration in good & agriculture systems, life skills, community enhancement, rural stewardship, and youth development.

Learn about their 4-H Youth Development Programming! Children can also experiment with playful STEM activities at their 'Makey Makey' Engineering Station and set scenes with Legos to create a 'STOP Motion Movie'.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of SLC: North Country Clean Energy Hub

CCE is a partner of the North Country Clean Energy Hub with a team of organizations working to support people in adopting clean energy technology, utilizing energy efficiency programs, and finding jobs in the clean energy industry. Clean Energy Hub's main goals are to help people save money, make homes healthier, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Learn how to reduce energy, make model solar panels, and receive free energy efficiency items!

Deep Root Center

Drop in alternative educational system for Ages 5-19.

Get creative at their table filled with arts and crafts supplies.

Little River Community School

Democratic School Grades K-12

Learn about alternative schooling options.

Massena Public Library

Serving the community needs with encouraging literacy, supplementing education, providing cultural opportunities and tools for lifelong learning.

Stock your at home library and pick up a free book! Play with crafts, photo props or enjoy a game of cornhole or story time. Library merchandise will also be available for purchase including t-shirts, tote bags and mugs.

Nature Up North

Non-profit business housed by St. Lawrence University with the goal of connecting North Country locals to nature through community programs, school lessons, online content, and guided experiences.

Learn about their ongoing events & programming. Kids can assemble a toolbox of materials for birds to build their nests in your backyard! Take the toolboxes home to set them up in a tree, bush, or on the ground in a place where you often see your birds active.


New York's Quality Rating and Improvement System. Supports early childhood providers throughout the state by providing resources to improve quality of care and education.

Receive individualized support and resources to enhance the quality of your early childhood program.

St. Catherine of Siena Academy

Independent Classical School: Pre-K through Grade 7

Crafts and literature available.

SUNY Canton CyberSecurity Education

SUNY Canton is a National Security Agency Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber-Defense (NSA CAE-CD)

Understanding cybersecurity is no longer just an option; it's necessary for the future. As technology advances, so do the threats and vulnerabilities that come with it. Learn how to protect your family from Cyber Crime.

Trout and Heron

A land-based independent private school: grades K-5.

Step into the nature-inspired play corner where children can engage in sensory experiences, imaginative play, and hands-on learning.


Public broadcasting station for Northern New York and Eastern Ontario.

Meet Daniel the Tiger from PBS Kids Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and receive a PBS Kids goody bag.

Family Services

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence

Provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.

Play The Arc's Planko game and win prizes!

Children's Home of Jefferson County

Human Services and Community Bases Programs including Fostering Futures

Make some GREEN slime for St. Patrick's Day with Fostering Futures Foster Care Recruitment Team!

Capture Culture Party Rentals

Party rentals for any occasion including bounce houses, slides, obstacle courses, tents and more.

Learn how to enhance your next children's birthday party!


Non-profit promoting local food security.

Learn about the local food system with a variety of activities including food storage, food waste and sensory bins. Check out their Story Walk while you enter the Roos House!

Northern Credit Union

Not-for-profit financial institution with locations in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Franklin, Lewis, Oswego, Clinton, Onondaga and Madison Counties.

Spin the prize wheel for special giveaways while learning about their children's Smart Start Savings Program.

Nothern Power & Light

Community Hydroelectricity Company

Learn about electricity with pinwheel demonstrations and other activities!


Not-for-Profit financial institution with locations in Canton, Ogdensburg, Potsdam, Watertown, Malone, Plattsburgh, Burlington (VT), and Essex (VT).

Learn about Moola Moola Youth Accounts (for children 12 and under) to grant access to the Spin-The-Wave Program to award academic accomplishments. Kids can also take a spin on their prize wheel!

SLC People Project

Non-profit focused on improving the lives of SLC residents through education, health, wellness and economic development.

Enter their coloring contest for a chance to win prizes or for their raffle!

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

Law Enforcement Agency

Providing Safe Child ID Cards

St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union

Not-for-profit community and member oriented financial institution with locations in Ogdensburg, Canton, Potsdam, Heuvelton and Hermon.

Pick up a piggy bank and other goodies while learning about their Junior Savers Accounts.

Victims Assistance Center: Child Advocacy Center of NNY

Non-Profit providing services to victims and survivors.

Play their Duck Water Game and win a prize!

Health Care

Fidelis Care

Health Insurance

While parents learn about health insurance opportunities, kids can color and play with the Dino bean bag toss! Grab a few Lunchology cards including get healthy recipes to celebrate March's National Nutrition Month!

St. Lawrence County Public Health Dept.

Serving the county since 1936, offering a wide variety of health services and programs to county residents, geared toward improving both individual health and well-being; and that of the community.

Learn about programming and available opportunities for your family.

St. Lawrence Health

Hospital & Medical Centers affiliated with Rochester Regional Health. Hospitals in St. Lawrence County include: Canton-Potsdam, Gouverneur and Massena.

Play the health Jeopardy Game with health and wellness trivia! Kids can play the "How Much Sugar in Drink Game" and match popular beverages with their sugar content to learn about how to make healthy beverages choices.

United Helpers

Offers a variety of services including (but not limited to) rehabilitation, assisted living, and behavioral health - specializing in medical, physical, and emotional support.

Help spread joy by coloring a paper square! Squares collected at the expo will be turned into a Kindness Quilt to be hung at United Helpers' Behavioral Health Clinic. A joyful Kids Expo tradition!

WellNow Urgent Care

Urgent Care Health Center providing care and services for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. Locations in Ogdensburg and Massena with several locations throughout the state of New York.

Create your own spring themed butterfly band-aid.


3 Bears Gluten-Free Bakery & Cafe

Gluten-free bakery & cafe in downtown Potsdam

Baked Goods including cupcakes, cookies, scones & muffins. 3 Bears, T-shirts, and various retail items will also be available for purchase.

Children's Youth Author: Michael Doyle

Local Author of Fantasy Children's Books featuring fast-paced, video game and anime adventure about five kids who wake up in one morning to find themselves in another world. 

Books available for purchase within the "James' Ragtag Adventure's in Quest World" series.

Grasse River Outfitters

Outdoor great & apparel business in Downtown Canton offering goods and services to get people outside.

30% off Strider Balance Bikes and 50% off helmets. Kids (ages 2-5) can also take a test spin through their special Strider Balance Bike obstacle course!

Sewing 4 U & More

Craft Vendor from Canton, NY

Shop children's capes, masks, key chains and blankets while kids decorate their own free superhero masks!

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Your county resource for all the events happening in the county surrounding the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse!

STLC Eclipse Viewing Glasses (ISO safety certified) available for purchase. Remember your eclipse experience with a special St. Lawrence County keepsake!

SUNY Canton: Joey's Concessions

A quick serve staple of the Roos House open for most events held in the venue throughout the year. Joey’s is located next to the Main Entrance of the Roos House and across from the Main Entrance to the Kids Expo.

Assortment of snacks and beverages for sale.

KID BIZ Vendors

Support the next generation of local young entrepreneurs!

Fable's Cool Creations!

Custom accessories by Fable Infante (12) with many pieces inspired by Fable's love for animals

Shop handmade earrings, bracelets, scrunchies, buttons and more!

The Jewelry Queens

Custom Jewelry by Mila (9) and Luna (7) Besaw

Beautiful handmade jewelry with a wide range of colors and designs. Custom orders available during the expo!

Fun Zone Activities


Hula Hoops & Jumbo Lawn Games: Connect Four, Jenga & Checkers

Jumbo Lawn Games provided by: Applewood Orchards!

 Got a Question? Need Help With Something?

For more information about the event, including vendor information:



E-mail Kathryn Puleo, Tourism & Events Manager


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