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North Country Kids Expo 2024

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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!

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Saturday March 16th, 2023
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)

Registration & Sign-Up

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Exhibitors

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

"KID BIZ"

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!

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Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Inquire for Sponsorship Opportunities

E-mail Kathryn Puleo, Tourism & Events Manager

Educational Entertainment

FEATURED ENTERTAINER

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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. Many animals will be in special tents and all animals will be safely secured during the expo. Lena has over 30 years experience in children's entertainment and educational services. She "Aims to Amaze!".

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.

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.

Super Cute Sloths

"Hang around" and check out two adorable two-toed Linnaeus Sloths nestled in their protective tents!

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AFTERNOON PRESENTATION

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 a what a Total Solar Eclipse is and how it will effect St. Lawrence County on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Aileen's kid friendly presentation will review how the solar system will create a total blackout through the narrow path of TOTALITY being under the shadow of the moon.

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

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Exhibitor and Vendor Highlights

Attractions

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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 goods 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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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 take a selfie with photo props!

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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.

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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 all the happenings surrounding the Total Eclipse in SLTC visit: STLCtotality.com.

Child Care & Day Camps

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Education

Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County

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'.

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. Activity: TBA

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.

Deep Root Center

Drop in alternative Educational System for Ages 5-19.

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

WPBS-TV

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!

GardenShare

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 Roo 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 Hydro Company

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SeaComm

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

Learn about saving options while kids take a spin on the 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!

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 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 Savors 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

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Health Insurance

While parents learn about health insurance opportunities, kids can color! Grab a few Lunchology caards including get healthy recipes to celebrate March's National Nutrition Month!

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 color 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!

Shop

3 Bears Gluten-Free Bakery & Cafe

Gluten-free bakery & cafe in downtown Potsdam

Baked Goods, t-shirts, and various retail items available for purchase.

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!

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Craft Vendor from Canton, NY

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

Grasse River Outfitters

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

20% 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!

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) protective STLC Eclipse Viewing Glasses available for purchase. Remember your eclipse experience with 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 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 & Corn Hole

 Got a Question? Need Help With Something?

For more information about the event, including vendor information:

Visit www.SLCchamber.org

OR

E-mail Kathryn Puleo, Tourism & Events Manager

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