Capital Region Events

Your Ultimate Guide to the 2017 Hannaford Kidz Expo

March is just about here and for the Capital Region that means the MAAC Tournament at the Times Union Center, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Albany, Collar City KiltFest in Troy and of course, the Kidz Expo! In it’s 12th year, the 2017 Hannaford Kidz Expo has all the makings of being the best Expo yet! With over 150 vendors, families can participate in tons of activities like:

  • meet Peppa Pig and her brother, George
  • listen to a story from Curious George
  • play mini golf
  • hop on bounce houses
  • decorate their own party hat (at the Bash Birthday Parties booth!)
  • see reptiles
  • get their face painted
  • make comets and spot stars
  • dance and play movement games
  • discover summer camps and programs
  • ride a train
  • enjoy The Little Mermaid
  • learn about college savings
  • take a selfie
  • believe it or not, the list goes on!

Anyone that’s attended this huge, family fun event before knows that it has lots to offer parents and kids of all ages for a very affordable price – free admission – but it can be a bit daunting because it is so big. To help, we’ve come up with a guide for your trip to the 12th annual Hannaford Kidz Expo at the Plaza to make the most of your trip!

Note: This guide is meant to be a helpful source of information and we’re not being paid to put this together. Of course, we’ll do our best to keep this updated so if you see something incorrect please shoot us an email so we can update –

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Hannaford Kidz Expo at the Plaza!

Parking at the Empire State Plaza for the Kidz Expo

Let’s start with parking. The Visitors Parking Lot (V Lot) is located within the Empire State Plaza and we definitely think the location is worth the $5 parking fee (weekend rate). You can reach the lot from Exit 3A off of 787, you’ll enter the tunnel that goes under the Concourse and it will be the last parking lot on your right before you exit the tunnel and the road turns around the other way (a confusing description but you’ll understand it when you see it). More info about parking in the area can be found on the NYS Office of General Services website. Those of you thinking of bringing strollers, there are elevators that take you up to the Expo from the Visitors Lot.

Map of the Empire State Plaza

Alright, you’ve made it in to the Kidz Expo! The Expo is divided up into 4 major areas, the Egg’s Hart Theatre,the Base of the Egg (Toddler Zone), the Convention Center (including Meeting Rooms 5,6,7) and the Concourse . We’re going to breakdown the attractions and vendors in each area. Before we do that, you need to know where we’re talking about. We took this map from the NYS SBA and add some descriptions to let you know the areas we’re referring to:

Our Map of the Hannaford Kidz Expo at the Plaza

If you’ve taken the elevator up from the Visitors Lot you’ll find yourself at the star on the map – right in the thick of it! Now where to start? We’ve taken each area of the Hannaford Kidz Expo and broken down everything it has to offer by category: Kids Activities, Events/Rentals/Entertainment, Food, Education & Health, Shopping, Sports & Dance, Summer Camps & Kids Programs. Let’s get going!

Area 1: The Egg’s Hart Theater

The Egg Theater will be hosting Storybook Fun with Curious George. Storytimes are at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm with Meet and Greet at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

Area 2: Base of the Egg – Toddler Zone

The base of the Egg has been dubbed the toddler zone so be sure to bring the little ones.

Kids Activities at the Toddler Zone:

Balloon Twisting with Balloon Gal Jenny

Face Painting by Faces by Bon Bon

Face Painting by Faces by Nicole

Characters from Hi-4! Entertainment

Sports & Dance at the Toddler Zone:

The King Dancer’s

Shopping at the Toddler Zone:


Saratoga Growth Charts

Health & Education at the Toddler Zone:

Albany Public Library

Fidelis Care

Once Upon a Time Center

Home, Auto & Finance at the Toddler Zone:

Hannaford Supermarkets

Hot 99.1 FM

MuddyKids Kitchens

NYS Dept. of State/Division of Consumer Protection

Orange Motors

Food at the Toddler Zone:

Guido’s Frozen Desserts

Area 3: The Convention Center

The Convention Center will be a popular area for the older kids as it offers bounce houses and mini golf. We (Bash Birthday Parties) will be in the Convention Center, if you’re looking at the mini golf area we’re to the right on the lowest level. Stop by to say hi and make your own party hat!

Kids Activities at the Convention Center:

Bounce Houses from Bounce N’ Play

Mini Golf from Northeastern New York PGA Junior Golf Association

Reptiles from Reptile Adventures (Meeting Room 5 – check the map above for location)

Meet Peppa Pig & her brother, George – 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm (Meeting Room 7 – check the map above for location)

School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet Performance – 10:30 am, 1:30 pm (Meeting Room 6 – check the map above for location)

The Little Mermaid presented by Debuts Theater Company – 11:30 am (Meeting Room 6 – check the map above for location)

Dance Flurry Music & Movement Games – 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm (Meeting Room 6 – check the map above for location)

Make your own Party Hat with Bash Birthday Parties

Events/Rentals/Entertainment at the Convention Center:

Action Novelties

Capital District Parent Pages/The Spotlight

Enchanted Forest Water Safari

Funplex Funpark

Herkimer Diamond Mines Resort

Hi-4! Entertainment

Howe Caverns

Magic Princess Entertainment

Selfie Time by Bliss Events

Smoothee the Clown

The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom

Summer Camps & Kids Programs at the Convention Center:

Albany JCC Summer Camps

Capital District YMCA

Club Scientific & KidzArt

JMU 4 Kids, Inc.

Kids Express

Kreative Kidz Zone Program Inc.

SCAMP at the Doane Stuart School

Schenectady Jewish Community Center

Summer Academy for Youth

The Fresh Air Fund

Theatre Institute at Sage

Sports & Dance at the Convention Center:

Afrim Sports

Amazing Athletes

Tri-City BMX

Shopping at the Convention Center:

Best Accents

Children’s Place at the Plaza

Darj Wholesale


Old Tyme Toys

Remtek Ltd


Health & Education at the Convention Center:

Albany Charter Schools

Albany County Department of Health

Albany Leadership Center HS for Girls

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth

Blueshield of Northeastern NY

Capital District Child Care Council

Capital Region Homeschoolers

City School District of Albany

Dr. Cheryl L Sobero DDS

Dr. Tuckers Dental Office

Mildred Elley/Austin’s School

MVP Health Care

New York State of Health


Pediatric Dental Group of NY

Sacred Heart School

Safe Kids Capital Region

Skribblers Magazine

St. Peter’s Health Partners

The Doane Stuart School

Upstate New York Falun Dafa Asso.

Home, Auto & Finance at the Convention Center:

Foresters Financial

Green Mountain Power

New York Power Authority

NYS Dept. of State/Division of Consumer Protection

NYS Office of Information Technology Services

Renewal by Andersen


Area 4: The Concourse

The long hallway of the Concourse offers up a little bit of everything.

Kids Activities at the Concourse:

The Roaming Railroad presented by NYSUT

A Hula Hoop Performance by Hoops by Jem

Planetarium Shows and Make a Comet with Planetarium Adventures

Spa treatments by Sparkle Spa Parties

Goodies from Tantrums Spa Boutique

Star Wars Characters from The 501st Legion & Garrison Excelsior

Baseball fun from the Tri-City ValleyCats

Events/Rentals/Entertainment at the Concourse:

Party Uniquely

We Do Fondue – Chocolate Fountain Rentals

Dave & Buster’s Albany

Mountain Ridge Adventure

Summer Camps & Kids Programs at the Concourse:

Young Actors Guild

NYSDEC Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Girl Scouts of NENY

Sports & Dance at the Concourse:

Gateway Sports and Pools

Dance Dimensions

Shopping at the Concourse:

9 Steps Away to Africa

Paula’s Scentsations

Gail’s Doll Clothes

Practical Style Jewelry


Health & Education at the Concourse:

DCJS-Missing Persons Clearinghouse

J W Org

Department of Environmental Conservation

Food at the Concourse:

Cravings Too Inc./Kernel Cravings

Dom’s Fried Dough and Pizza


And that’s our guide. We hope it helps you make the most of your trip to this year’s Expo and don’t forget to say hi to us in the Convention Center! We’ll be posting all sorts of pictures the day of, so follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@BashBirthdayParties). See you there!




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