EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY FAIR
When you think of going to a fair, it’s likely that a summer state or county fair comes to mind. But families can attend the EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY FAIR in February. No worries about the winter weather; it’s being held inside Gateway Mall on February 17 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Like those traditional fairs, there will be booths with information for parents, fun activities for children, multiple opportunities for families to play and learn together, and prizes to win. But unlike the typical fair, the EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY FAIR is free!
The Lincoln Early Childhood Network’s goal in sponsoring the EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY FAIR is to connect families with young children to the wide variety of resources and programs related to early childhood development and healthy parenting. An equally important goal is to provide a fun time for families to interact with each other, to play and learn together. Children from birth to age five will be delighted with activities, story times, games, music, dancing, and books.
Current studies have found that parents and caregivers of young children want to know more about parenting and child development, yet are uncertain where to find clear and trustworthy information. The amount of information available to parents - from the Internet, social media, magazines, friends, and family - is overwhelming. Where can they go for quality information and answers to their many questions? The EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY FAIR will allow families with young children to…
- EXPLORE opportunities for early childhood education, preschools, parenting classes, English classes, healthy activities, summer camps, and cultural centers.
- PLAY in activity areas, read books and listen to storytellers, dance, sing, create and build things, and learn about activities that can be done at home.
- LEARN about programs, agencies and resources related to health care, nutrition, early childhood literacy, shelter, basic needs, mental health, basic needs, crisis situations.
- CONNECT with providers, services, organizations, medical facilities, educators, museums, libraries, and businesses that can answer questions, entertain, and provide information to families with young children.
The EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY FAIR booths and activity areas will be in Gateway Mall between the playground area and Scooter’s Coffee. In addition to information and fun activities, there will be raffles, prizes, and free books for children. The String Beans will play courtesy of the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
The Lincoln Early Childhood Network is sponsoring the EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY FAIR on behalf of Prosper Lincoln. Lincoln Community Foundation is sponsoring the event whose partners include WellCare/Heritage Health, Partnership for Healthy Lincoln, Educare, Children’s Center for the Child & Community, Lincoln City Libraries, Cedars Home for Children, Read Aloud Lincoln, Nebraska Children’s Home Society, and Community Health Endowment.
Being a parent means continual learning, and this event is the perfect place for that to happen. Mark your calendars today to attend the EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY FAIR at Gateway Mall
on Sunday February 17, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. It will provide multiple opportunities for families with young children to EXPLORE, PLAY, LEARN, and CONNECT together.