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Jewish Family Services' Kids Care Fair returns to Ann Arbor on March 17

Courtesy: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
Courtesy: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

ANN ARBORJewish Family Services of Washtenaw County will be holding its fifth annual Kids Care Fair on Sunday, March 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

The event will take place at Washtenaw Community College's Morris Lawrence Building and will feature a variety of educational activities for kids and their parents.

"The goal of this program is to instill young children with compassion, awareness and civic-mindedness. It follows the Jewish adage of tikkun olam, repairing the world, because today's kids who care are tomorrow's leaders," Sarah Hong, JFS director of programs and outreach, said in a statement.

Courtesy: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
Courtesy: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
Courtesy: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
Courtesy: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

More than 200 children participated in last year's fair, which featured activities involving therapy pets, disability awareness and water safety.

JFS has partnered with several local community organizations for this year's event, including:

  • Acton Academy
  • Alpha House
  • American Red Cross
  • Ann Arbor District Library
  • Ann Arbor Police Department
  • Ann Arbor YMCA
  • Beth Israel Congregation
  • Bird Center of Washtenaw County
  • Blue Ocean Faith
  • Color Carousel
  • Food Gatherers
  • Fotofoto
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Gym America
  • Hebrew Day School
  • Huron River Watershed Council
  • JCC of Ann Arbor
  • SafeHouse Center
  • Safe Kids Huron Valley
  • Temple Beth Emeth
  • Therapaws
  • JFS’ Resettlement Department and Food Pantry

Amanda's Kitchen will be serving refreshments.

This year’s fair will have a heavy focus on science with several new activity partners. The Huron River Watershed Council will be leading an activity about insects and the event will conclude with a science show from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., presented by Mad Science of Detroit.

Courtesy: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
Courtesy: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

Activities are geared toward elementary school-age children and their families, but older kids are welcome, too. Local youth will also be leading activity stations at the Kids Care Fair.

Tickets

  • $25 per family.
  • $50 for a host family.

Although this is a ticketed event, JFS organizers said, "No family will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Sliding scale tickets are readily available online at the time of registration."

To register and for more information, visit www.jfsannarbor.org/kidscarefair.

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