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Fun for all at the Herald's Kidz Zone Expo


Nearly 1,600 people filled the Friedberg JCC in Oceanside for Herald Community Newspapers’ inaugural Kidz Zone Expo on March 3.

The four-hour event featured many fun activities and giveaways for children and families, including arts and crafts, face -painting, a bounce house, balloon art, prizes and more. In addition, children were invited to have some messy fun at the slime bar, provided by Mad Science, and the event featured entertainment from live DJ ReQuest Anything.

“What an amazing turnout,” said Alissa Marti, the Heralds’ marketing director. “I’m so proud to be part of the Herald Community Newspaper team that brought this fun family day to Oceanside. We’re lucky to have such great partners like the Friedberg JCC to co-host this special day with us.”

The Kidz Zone Expo was an outlet to help families find the perfect local or sleep away camp this summer, and gave them a chance to browse more than 50 vendor booths. Experts from local businesses were also on hand.

In addition to the Herald and the JCC, sponsors included Apple Bank, Maidenbaum Property Tax Reduction Group, Laser Bounce Family Fun Center, Camp Jacobson, Mad Science and PSEG Long Island.

“I’m so glad to see the connection between our two main supporters — our readers and our advertisers,” said Amy Amato, executive director of corporate relations and events for Herald Community Newspapers and RichnerLIVE. “Our readers had the chance to mingle with our advertisers, making in-person connections, while putting smiles on kids’ faces.”