Helicopter egg drop, Mr. Stinky Feet among attractions at April 13 All for the Children event

Children enjoy the egg hunt during MCC-Blue RIver’s All for the Children event.

Enjoy family fun and take steps to keep your kids healthy and safe at Metropolitan Community College’s All for the Children event, which will include a massive Easter egg hunt — some of them dropped by helicopter! Musician Mr. Stinky Feet and the Easter Bunny will also be on hand.

The eighth annual healthy families fair will be 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at the MCC-Blue River campus in Independence. Admission is free.

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It starts with a 5K that participants can walk or jog. There will also be a kids fun run at 9:30 a.m. Register for either at mcckc.edu/allforthechildren. (Or click here for the 5K registration form.)

The cost of the 5K is $30 if you pre-register by March 29. Those who pre-register also get a T-shirt. After that, the cost is $35. The cost is $20 for MCC students and K-12 students. Registration closes at 8 a.m. on race day.

All for the Children fair activities, starting at 9 a.m., will include an obstacle course, balloon artists, face painting, spray-on tattoos, arts and crafts, costumed characters, and information and entertainment booths. Truman Medical Centers’ Dental Clinic will provide free dental screenings, and MCC’s Public Safety Institute will offer free self-defense classes for kids.

Jim Cosgrove, aka Mr. Stinky Feet

Mr. Stinky Feet, aka Jim Cosgrove, will perform from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

This year’s Easter egg hunt, which should start at about 11:45 a.m., will feature more than 10,000 eggs. The hunt will have one area for kids 3 and younger, and another for 4 and older.

“We have hundreds of people come every year,” says All for the Children organizer Kimberly Glackin, MCC-Blue River psychology instructor. “It’s a great event for our students and the community.”

While there is plenty of fun to be had, All for the Children has a serious purpose. Glackin says she created the event to fill a need in the community.

“April is Child Abuse Prevention Month,” she says. “This event allows our students to participate in a national event while also learning more about the discipline they are enrolled in. It’s real and relevant problem-based learning. Also it helps the community learn about healthy family interactions.”

A self-defense class for kids

MCC-Blue River students will be presenting group projects that relate to psychology classes they are taking. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the student presenters.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. If you’d like to volunteer click here.

Guests are asked to refrain from bringing pets, glass or alcohol to the event. Learn more about All for the Children at mcckc.edu/allforthechildren.