Kids ExpoThe Marshall County Kid’s Expo returns on Thursday, April 13, to help families discover ways to keep children’s minds and bodies active when they’re not in school. Find the perfect antidote to too much screen-time at this free event that will take place from 5- 8 p.m. in the Plymouth High School’s Multi-Purpose Room (Enter Door #5).

With more than 30 youth-oriented local businesses and organizations slated to exhibit, there should be something for every child’s interest. “We are so excited by the variety of participants scheduled for this year’s event!” said Lisa Miller, Kid’s Expo committee member. “From sports activities like the Marshall County Running Club, the PHS Athletic Department camps, and Ride on Bikes, to music experiences with Drew’s Gift of Music and the Suzuki Music School, to environmental science immersion with Earthworks – you’ll really be surprised by how much Marshall County has to offer.”

This year’s Expo will also highlight youth services. Providers such as the Plymouth Fire Department, Leadership Marshall County, and Martin’s Supermarkets will be on hand to teach the young attendees valuable health, safety and coping skills, and organizations like Marshall County Promise will help families plan for their children’s futures.

Of course, the Expo is all about the kids, so fun is an event priority. Many of the booths will feature creative hands-on activities. Children may test their ninja skills in the St. Joseph Pediatric Rehabilitation Center’s obstacle course, while the Boys and Girls Club will challenge them with a “Minute to Win It”. The artistic will enjoy the face painting by the PHS Art Department and creating cards for the troops with Operation Quiet Comfort. Performances throughout the evening by the Ancilla College Dance Team, Expressions Dance Studio, the LifePlex Dance Academy, the LifePlex’s Drum’s Alive, and the Suzuki Music School will further entertain attendees.

No one will leave the Kid’s Expo empty-handed. The popular “Campership” program will be back this year, with the Expo sponsoring one boy and one girl applicant at a camp or activity of their choice. Also, with each free entry to the Expo, comes the opportunity to win a prize. Among the special giveaways include bikes donated by Tri Kappa and a beautiful little girl’s necklace provided by Fernbaugh’s Jewelers. Many more prizes including memberships, gift certificates, and lessons have been donated, but you have to attend to win.

“We truly appreciate the Plymouth High School and our vendors and donors for making the Marshall County Kid’s Expo possible,” explained Miller. “With the support of the Marshall County Community Foundation and the United Way, the Expo has become THE destination to learn about all that is going on in our community for kids.”