Ensuring Dundas County residents are aware of the services and resources available to them in their home county may be the primary reason Linking Hands hosts its annual EXPO, but that’s not the only reason. An affordable opportunity for family fun is the other reason, which is why it’s called Linking Hands EXPO and Maple Ridge Family Fun Day.
This year, organizers have decided to spread the fun a little wider by adding an extra afternoon of barnyard animals and bouncy castles. The Sensory-Friendly Day is set for Tuesday, March 13, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and registration is required, as spaces will be limited. The full-day event will follow on Wednesday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it is open to everyone with no registration required.
Price of admission is $5 per person aged three and up. Vanderlaand the Barnyard Zoo, TriBeck Inflatables, and various children’s activities and refreshments will be available both days. On March 14, there will also be a performance by Junkyard Symphony at 12 p.m., followed by a mini children’s fashion show courtesy of Winchester’s Main Street Clothing.
In addition to encouraging parents and caregivers to take advantage of the fun school-break activity, organizers are looking for more agencies, organizations, and businesses to exhibit their services during this March Break event.
“Last year, during a badly-timed snowstorm, more than 300 people attended our first EXPO event,” Linking Hands coordinator, Sandy Casselman, said. “This event is great for almost everyone. It provides an easy and affordable day-long adventure for children needing an outlet for their energy. And, it provides agencies, organizations, and businesses an opportunity to showcase their services, resources or products to parents, grandparents, and caregivers.”
Linking Hands is a non-profit group dedicated to reducing poverty in Dundas County. It is directed by a community-led steering committee with sub-committees called working groups that focus on a variety of projects from the Green Food Box, Lunch and Learn, Project Warmth, and more.