NAMPA — The second Canyon County Kids Expo kicks off Saturday in Nampa with fun-filled activities for parents and children.
“I felt like there (were) a lot of events in Boise,” Mike Owens, director of sales for Townsquare Media, said. “I just felt like this was a good idea to bring out to Canyon County.”
The event, hosted by Townsquare Media, was held in Caldwell’s O’Connor Field House last year. Owens said that 5,000 people attended the expo.
“(The expo) got so big that the building was too small … so we worked out something with the Idaho Center and moved it …,” Owens said.
One of the reasons the expo had to move locations was because of the Premier Kids Idaho State Pageant, which Owens said had a “huge turnout.” The pageant will return this year and feature infants to preteens competing in various categories to win state titles, like best smile.
This year, the expo will host 90 vendors with booths about sports and fitness, toys and games, safety products and more.
“Every single one of (the vendors) must have some kind of activity appropriate for children,” Owens said. “It could be spinning a wheel to win a prize to fishing over a wall to win a prize.”
A few of the booths are run by local businesses that specialize in karate and dance.
“ … A couple of karate classes will be doing demonstrations of board-breaking and different defensive moves for kids,” Owens said.
Along with the vendors, the expo will feature characters SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer for photo opportunities. Kids can also enjoy “jumpy toys, bungee runs, jump houses, roaming clowns, balloon (artists), face painters (and) food samples,” Owens said.
Although it’s only the second year the event has occurred, Owens said he hopes the expo will continue every year.
“We definitely have a larger space to help with the amount of people that go through the event, so I think it’ll be more comfortable for everyone,” Owens said.
Owens said that to minimize potential difficulty with strollers going upstairs, the upper level of the Ford Idaho Center will not be used. Guests should use Gate Five for entrance.