By WVUA 23 Web Writer Abby Banks

The University of Alabama will host the fifth annual Summer Camp & Childcare Expo on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Presidential Park on Campus Drive West.

The free event is hosted by UA’s Graduate School, Graduate Parent Support and the College of Community Heal Sciences’ department of restaurant, hotel and meetings management students.

The expo gives parents and children an opportunity to talk and interact with exhibitors regarding summer camp and childcare programs, including those with art, music, athletics and education.

There will be interactive activities for children to enjoy. Tumblebus & Brick4kids will bring an amusement park set up using Lego bricks and free play Legos, PARAkids Daycamp will bring coloring sheets, and the Alabama Museum of Natural History will have hands-on fossils, rocks and minerals at the table.

“I hope parents come and are amazed at the amount and variety of wonderful camps available right here in Tuscaloosa,” said Dr. Cori Perdue, director of graduate school programs. “I want parents to be excited about what their kids can do over the summer instead of worrying about how they are going to balance being a parent and a student or employee.”

Perdue said summer programs allow children to learn how to make chocolate, learn how to horseback ride, learn music and sports, and develop their creative and artistic abilities.

These activities don’t have to be expensive. Some programs offer scholarships and there are a few that are free.

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