Metropolitan Community College-Blue River and its students are again showing that they will be “All For The Children” on Saturday.
The free event that offers resources for parents and fun for kids is set for 10-11:30 a.m. at the MCC-Blue River campus at 20301 E. Missouri 78 in eastern Independence.
Before the fair begins, a 5-kilometer race is set for 8:30 a.m. with the proceeds going to fund next year’s fair.
The fair is a mostly student-run event that will feature an Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny, free dental screenings, fun activities and booths for children, information for adults on parenting and child development, a children’s art display and more.
Kimberly Glackin, an MCC-Blue River psychology instructor, founded the event but she says students are a major force in its planning.
"They have done the majority of the heavy lifting," Glackin says. "This was definitely a large co-curricular student project."
The sixth annual event will also feature:
• Dental screenings for children and adults from Truman Medical Centers’ Mobile Dental Unit.
• Laser tag from Main Event Entertainment and games from Cool Crest.
• Self-defense classes for kids from MCC-Blue River’s Public Safety Institute, which trains police officers and firefighters.
• Lots of costumed characters including fairies and princesses, plus face painting.
• Chances to win free movie passes and concessions from Blue Springs 8 Miller Theatres.
• Student art projects from Little Blue Elementary School.
• Informational booths from community agencies and MCC-Blue River student presentations on how to enhance human development and family functioning.
The 5K walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. on the campus. Entry free is $25 or $17 for current MCC students. Sign up online at enter2run.com (an additional 15 percent credit card fee for online registration). Participants can also register in person before the race beginning at 7 a.m.