Published on Thursday, 28 July 2011 18:32
As they did last year
and for eight years before that, WGN-TV will soon be holding their annual "Back-to-School Kids Fair" next week. The "Kids Fair" is free and will feature health screenings, safety tips, food, fun events for the kids, and everything parents need to get their little ones ready for the school year ahead.
The 10th annual "WGN-TV Back-to-School Kids Fair" will take place on Friday, August 5th, from 6:00am-9:00am at the WGN-TV Studios, It will be held in the large lot of the WGN-TV Studios, which is located at 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago.
The WGN Morning News will be broadcasting live from the event happening right outside their walls. All of WGN-TV's morning news talents will be on hand to meet visitors and have some fun.
Just as there have been in years past, there will be a great deal of entertainment on hand. On the schedule are live performances from the cast of the "Peter Pan" and from "Cirque Shanghai," as well as from the Jesse White Tumblers and South Shore Drill Team. Greeting visitors and posing for photographs will be Darth Vader and some Storm Troopers, team mascots from the Chicago Bulls (Benny the Bull), Chicago Fire (Sparky), Chicago Wolves (Skates), Chicago White Sox (South Paw), and the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade (Teddy Turkey). The Chicago Cubs will have their new trolley at the event and the Chicago Blackhawks will have a prize booth set up. WGN-TV's booth will feature the "Wheel of Fun" with chances to win prizes from numerous sponsors. The Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium will both have booths where children can learn new things about the animal kingdom. The StoryBus will have some interactive fun for kids. My Gym will have a padded area set up to lead kids in some fun fitness activities. There will be a pair of inflatable bouncers set up, balloon animal artists, face painting, free haircuts for students, free music lessons, and much more going on at the event, as well.
Those looking for some food, snacks, and/or refreshments can visit the booths by Dunkin Donuts, Ann Sather's, Connie's Pizza, Dreamfields Healthy Pasta, Starfruit, Pepsi and Dominick's.
The "WGN-TV Back-to-School Kids Fair" wants to be more than just fun, though. There will be physicians on site from Resurrection/St. Joseph Hospital, who will perform free back-to-school physical exams and health screenings for those who remember to bring their medical records with them. The Chicago Department of Health will be providing free immunizations, the Chicago Dental Hygienists' Society will provide free dental checks, Advance Vision Center will provide free vision screenings, and the City Clerk's Office will be offering free fingerprinting. The Illinois Secretary of State will have a booth set up, answering questions about child seat safety. Alexian Brothers Health System will educate parents and children about sports safety. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago will provide First Aid lessons and interactive games. The State Farm booth will feature a 911 Safety Simulator.
Those wishing to be reminded about the event before it happens can send text the word FAIR to 97999 to get a "Kids Fair" reminder sent to their cell phone.
WGN-TV has a lot of activities, both fun and educational packed into just three hours, so attendees are encouraged to get an early start. Also, even though this takes place outdoors, no pets are allowed.