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Kids find a fun time at the ChicagoLand Kids Expo

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  • Eighteen-month-old Serena Ruggio of Palos Heights hugs Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Lakeshore Public Television booth Sunday during the 2014 Chicagoland Kids Expo & Fun Fair at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Bright Start College Savings sponsored the 12th annual event that featured 100 vendors, amusement rides, video games and family-friendly entertainment.

       Eighteen-month-old Serena Ruggio of Palos Heights hugs Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Lakeshore Public Television booth Sunday during the 2014 Chicagoland Kids Expo & Fun Fair at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Bright Start College Savings sponsored the 12th annual event that featured 100 vendors, amusement rides, video games and family-friendly entertainment.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Shane Sperling, 2, left, and his brother, William, 6, of Palatine pan for gold Sunday with cowboy Jonathan Sass at Donley's Wild West Town booth during the 2014 Chicagoland Kids Expo & Fun Fair at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Bright Start College Savings sponsored the 12th annual event that featured 100 vendors, amusement rides, video games and family-friendly entertainment.

       Shane Sperling, 2, left, and his brother, William, 6, of Palatine pan for gold Sunday with cowboy Jonathan Sass at Donley's Wild West Town booth during the 2014 Chicagoland Kids Expo & Fun Fair at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Bright Start College Savings sponsored the 12th annual event that featured 100 vendors, amusement rides, video games and family-friendly entertainment.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

Everywhere at the 2014 Chicagoland Kids Expo & Fun Fair, laughing children wore paper crowns, plastic foremen's caps and foam antlers as they went from one fun activity to the next Sunday inside the Schaumburg Convention Center.

Bright Start College Savings sponsored the 12th annual children's event that featured 100 vendors, amusement rides, video games and hands-on activities.

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"There are plenty of fun things to do," said Jody Baum, show manger for Tower Show Productions. "It's going well, and kids are having a great time."

Family-friendly entertainment included the Measner Magic Show, The Trinity Irish Dancers and the Radio Disney Road Crew.

"This is our fifth year to come here," said Stephen Sperling of Palatine as he watched his children dig for gold at the Donley's Wild West Town booth. " We usually find new things to do for the kids. They like the magic show."

The Expo showcased everything from educational products, apparel, vacation destinations, summer camps, sports teams and more.

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