Woodmont Charter School's sixth-annual Back-to-School Fair will take place Aug. 10 at
The Glazer Childrenís Museum. ANGELA ARDOLINO PHOTO
BY LAURA CONE The South Tampa News
Published: July 30, 2013
Updated: July 31, 2013 at 08:15 AM
Parents can help their children get back into school mode after a kick-back summer with the Woodmont Charter School's sixth annual Back-to-School Fair on Aug. 10 at The Glazer Children's Museum. Angela Ardolino, the founder of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine and Parenting With Angela online, said the event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will give children the chance to enjoy their last few days of summer. She said the fair should "prepare, protect, educate and inspire" families for the school year. "Throughout the day, parents and their kids can enjoy the museum, visit the variety of exhibitors as well as sit and enjoy the workshops and stage entertainment," Ardolino said. "Local area businesses will be on hand to provide information on topics like health and wellness, safety, private and public schools, resources, child care, after school programs, school supplies, tutors, children's retailers, finances and much more." Lisa-Marie Leihy, who has been to the fair in the past, said she looks forward to attending this year's event with her 7-year-old daughter.
"The Back-to-School Fair is a family tradition in our home," Leihy said. "This event marks the unofficial beginning of the school year and kicks off our adjusted sleep schedule. As a parent, I can gather information to help make the transition from summer fun to scholastic success. It's a one-stop learning opportunity in a fun setting." Leihy said the goodie bags are "fabulous." The first 150 children receive tote bags filled with back-to-school supplies and other goodies. "My daughter loves all of the crafts at each table and looks forward to seeing the after-school programs available," Leihy said. Highlights of the event - which is hosted by the Glazer museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza - include face painting, balloon artists and games. Fair attendees may enjoy the entire museum and fair for $5 per person. The event is free for museum members. Ardolino created the event five years ago to help Tampa Bay families get prepared and excited about the school year. For more information, call (813) 949-4400 or visit BackToSchoolFair.com. Lcone@tampatrib.com (813) 731-2008