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Third annual Young Child Fair has Earth Day theme

April 3, 2013

The focus of this year’s Books, Blocks & Bubbles Young Child Fair is being good to the Earth, so organizers are hoping Mother Nature will be good to them in return.

Current weather forecasts show a sunny outlook for the third annual fair, planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave. This is good because while contingency plans are in place should it rain, organizers hope to take advantage of outdoor spaces to go along with the event’s Earth Day theme.

“It’s been real successful for the last two years, but we just wanted to change it up a little bit and came up with the idea of adding an Earth Day theme,” Kim Beets, library director, said.

Earth Day-related events include Wyandotte County Master Gardeners and local 4-H groups helping young children plant seeds and giving presentations about composting on the library patio.

Jeanne Dunbar, children’s coordinator for the library, also has picked out a wide variety of children’s books about trees for storytime sessions under the big tree just off the library patio.

Inside, food experts with the Wyandotte County Extension Office will help children make edible trees.

Two other fun, new items will be special visitor Clifford the Big Red Dog and a Bubble Machine in a “Bubble Garden” area, where children can play with the free bubbles they receive at the event.

Also at this year’s event, in addition to the fire truck and free car seat checks, the Bonner Springs Police Department will offer the Identi-kid service for free.

Other activities from previous fairs will return, with co-sponsor Parents As Teacher’s BLOCKfest in the basement storm shelter, and early childhood agencies offering information in the meeting room.

This year, new agencies on hand will include KanCare, the state of Kansas’s new Medicaid program, and Connections, an organization that helps put residents in touch with service agencies they need. An ear, nose and throat doctor will be on hand to answer questions, in addition to free hearing screenings for children 3 and under, provided by Wyandotte County Infant Toddler Service.

Beets said the fair is a “drop in” event, so families with young children should attend even if they can’t stay long.

“We know there’s soccer games, we know people are busy on Saturdays, but it’s a come-and-go event,” she said. “People can do what their schedule allows and what their children’s attention span allows.”

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