The Madison County Child Advocacy Center is announcing its fourth annual Kids Health, Safety and Activity Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18.
It will provide the community many opportunities to make connections with local resources and will raise awareness about child abuse prevention in April. The event is presented by Riverbend Family Ministries and the Madison County Mental Health Board.
The fair again will be held at Alton Square Mall. There are several activities and attractions planned throughout the day. Local organizations host vendor booths inside the mall, where they provide a child-friendly activity and information about their services. Organizations also have booths and activities in the mall parking lot. In addition to the vendor booths, there are several activities and giveaways going on at the Kids Fair. There will be a business expo for children who make and sell their own unique items; free bike helmets will be given to children on a first-come, first-serve basis; there will be an American Red Cross blood drive; the Alton Fire Department smokehouse will be present; Home Depot in Alton will have a crafts station for kids; a balloon artist will be present from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; car seat safety checks will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. and there will be entertainment on the 1st Mid America Credit Union stage.
The event also will showcase a dance clinic for children ages 6-10. Instructors from Fitness and Fun in East Alton will teach basic dance moves and how to put a routine together. At the end of the clinic, participants will perform a dance routine on stage. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the upper level of the mall and has a registration fee of $15, which includes a T-shirt. Registrations for the dance clinic must be received by April 10 to guarantee a shirt.