The 10th annual All Kids Fair, which was postponed from its usual month of April to November 8, was virtual! This expo could not take place in its usual month due to COVID-19, but those who attended had a terrific time.
This year’s All Kids Fair had a great line-up of virtual classes for kids of all ages with some for the adults, too. Some of the many kids’ classes were: Disney Singalong, Soccer, two Floral Arranging classes, and Family Yoga. For the adults, there were classes on Essential Oils, Fidelis Care Information, and Pampering Pitstop.
The platform that the event took place on will store the information for the next 27 days, so all are welcome to visit the platform and learn about the 35 exhibitors and their offerings and enjoy over half of the classes, available on the site until December 8.
Since families always enjoy our in-person petting zoo, this year there were virtual “live animal visits,” where farm animals such as sheep, goats and a mini-donkey were the stars. In addition to being educational, the “visits” were highly entertaining.
Another new addition to this year’s event were “coffee talks,” opportunities for parents to interact with others at the same stage of life, such as those with a child who is an infant, toddler, elementary age, middle school age, high school age, special needs, or gifted.
All Kids Fair Director Barbara Kaplan said the time was right to pivot to an All Kids Fair virtual expo. “It was definitely not “just a Zoom event.’ It was a full-fledged virtual expo. We incorporated many of the activities of our live events plus some new opportunities such as our “virtual live animal visits” and “coffee talks.” Families had a great time learning at our many classes about services and products available to them.”
Repeat attendee David Rosenthal of Oceanside raved about the event. “My girls had a blast! The younger one loved looking at the animals [in the virtual petting zoo], and my older one liked Captain America and the ballet class. They asked if there will be another All Kids Fair next month!”
There were several non-Long Island based businesses this year that enjoyed the opportunity to make their services available to Long Islanders virtually. Magician Dennis Kyriakos of California hosted a fun performance.
Annaline Dinkelmann of Teach Me Wall Street, a New York City-based business, was a newcomer this year. She shared that “the All Kids Fair made it easy for the parents because we have the Christmas holidays coming up. Families were able to learn about things to do; it opened their eyes. I was very pleased with the event.”
The All Kids Fair, as always, had many diverse exhibitors including party entertainment, tutoring, activities, health/wellness products and services, non-profits, travel, and even a Girl Scout troop.
Sponsors for this year’s All Kids Fair were: Long Island Parent Magazine, Your Local Kids Source, Jovia Financial, Blank Slate Media, Home Health and Spirit, Fidelis Care, SAT/ACT Sense, Clowns.com, and Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe.
Those who wish to enjoy the platform now may do so at no charge. Register at www.Accelevents.com/e/AllKidsFair and enter Discount Code “Everyone” on the last page.