Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo
Welcome to the 8th annual Paddlefest Kid’s Outdoor Adventure Expo at Coney Island! Presented by The Green Umbrella, Hamilton County Park District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation and General Electric. This event brings together area organizations for the largest outdoor youth environmental education program in the region. The Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo is FREE and open to organized groups as well as the general public.
With over 5,000 children expected to participate this year, the Kids Expo has become the largest outdoor water safety and environmental education program for children in the Midwest. In 2011, the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo received the first place OPRA Award of Excellence for Environmental Programs from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association. The Expo is a unique opportunity to enhance the interest of children in the outdoor world while promoting their academic achievement in science, technology, math and engineering.With interactive stations and hands-on activities, the event is designed to engage, educate and entertain while helping children learn what they can do to protect and enjoy the environment.
The Kid’s Outdoor Adventure Expo is Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Coney Island, with two sessions: (Morning Session) 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and (Afternoon Session) 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Each session features dozens of hands-on activities, exhibits and presentations to engage children’s interest in the natural world around them. This year, Kid’s Expo will be organized into four separate villages. These Villages will each have their own unique outdoor adventure inspired theme, and are appropriately named “Let’s Move!”, “Let’s Explore!”, Let’s Splash!” and “Let’s Be Green!”. Groups will be assigned to visit a particular village every 45 minutes. Then, groups will be scheduled to visit 3 presenters during their allotted time within each village. Below is a description of each of the villages that will be offered at Kid’s Expo 2013!
Get up and get your body moving in the “Let’s Move” village, where your energy will never run out! Run, jump, play, climb, bounce, dance and learn what to eat, so that you can always keep your body moving! (Teaching kids about safety, nutrition and health.)
Get outside and fulfill your curiosity in the “Let’s Explore” village! Get up close and personal with nature and wildlife! Take a journey with us and discover what you can find in your own backyard! Learn the essentials of camping equipment and even roast marshmallows! (Teaching kids about nature and wildlife.)
Get drenched with knowledge about water quality and safety in the “Let’s Splash” village! You can go fishing, make waves riding in a Dragon boat and have a chance to learn how to put on a lifejacket and paddle in a raft on Lake Como! (Teaching kids about water safety and aquatic life.)
“Let’s Be Green!”
Get dirty and see how you can make a difference in the “Let’s Be Green” village. Discover what you can do to become a steward of the environment: planting, composting, recycling, and gardening all to care for your world! (Teaching kids how to reduce, reuse and recycle.)
“Voted 2011 Best Outdoor Environmental Education Event in Ohio”. ~Ohio Parks & Recreation Department~
For more information, please contact Ali, Kids Expo Coordinator at 513-304-3004.
2013 Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo Sponsors
2012 Photos – click on link to Kids Expo 2011 event photos
2011 Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo Photos
Click the photos below to view photos from the 2010 Kids Outdoor Adventure EXPO on Flickr.