Lately it seems that no matter what event we go to, there is usually food involved. Junior Leagues’ Kids In The Kitchen Port Orange event was no different. It did however have quite a twist! This event not only focused on healthy eating, but on how children themselves can even participate in healthy eating habits. This year the Kids In The Kitchen Port Orange event was hosted at the Pavilion right off of interstate 95.
This was a great location for an event like this! The Pavilion hosts a weekly farmers market which makes them a great first stop on a journey to eating healthy. When we first got there, it was a bit overwhelming. There was plenty of parking since this is a really big venue, but because of the layout, there was no clear entrance to the event. A large stage which featured cooking demonstrations throughout the day was sprawled out throughout the complex. A local radio host was doing a great job of moving thing along with dance demonstrations and information about the vendors that sponsored and were the Kids In The Kitchen Port Orange event.
We actually went throughout he event in reverse, but it was a 50/50 chance, so we got a great opportunity to check out many of the local vendors that were there. Our little guy is almost 2 now, so he was all over the place! One of the local early learning centers setup a great play station with building blocks, sensory tables, and quite a bit more. Sticking with the Kids in The Kitchen Port Orange theme of eating healthy, one vendor was even passing out soy chicken nuggets and once cream bars. Now I’ll admit, I love ice cream and usually don’t appreciate anyone messing with the classic concept, but they were really good!
On our way out, we actually discovered the secret to navigating the Kids in the Kitchen Port Orange event. There was actually a main check in tent where children received a lanyard with spots to get stamps at each of the food stations. Throughout the event were what I would consider to be playful food stations. For example, kids were encouraged to make an apple and grape race car, or even a cheese themed boat! As the kiddos went to each of the stations, they had their lanyards stamped and an award was given once they went to all of the stations.
Throughout the day, there were multiple cooking demonstrations as well as an “iron chef” style kids cooking competition. Had our little one been just a bit older, I think he would have really enjoyed this event. We try very hard to eat healthy, but we really liked the playful theme with the food as well. It certainly gave us a few ideas. The weather was great, the food was yummy, and we even picked up a few fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers market. All in all we had a great Saturday and only spent money on veggies! The event itself was FREE! The below video was from the 2013 event when it was at a different location, but the message is still the same.
Although we checked out the Junior League Kids in The Kitchen Port Orange event, similar events are held nationwide and sponsored by local Junior League chapters. If you were wondering, what Junior League is all about, it’s a historic charitable women’s organization with roots going all the way back to 1901. Many powerful women have been members and they focus of civic duty and improving their community through volunteering.
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