The 8th Annual Canyon County Kids Expo presented by CBH Homes is just a few days away! If you don't have it on your family's January to-do list, here's five good reasons to add it now.

1) Story Time With Your Kid's Favorite Characters

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Pete's a cool cat...a groovy blue cat with over 60 books about him. Paddington Bear really needs no introduction. His first story book came out in 1958 and many of us grew up following his adventures. When he came to the big screen in 2015, it was another awesome opportunity to introduce this polite little guy to our kids. It wouldn't seem right to have these two children's literary legends at the Canyon County Kids Expo without sharing some of their stories on stage. Pete the Cat's story time will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the Corwin Ford Stage. Paddington's will be later in the afternoon at 3 p.m.

2) Hang with Slithery Friends...without Taking them Home

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When it comes to asking for to bring a new pet, your kiddo isn't asking for a puppy or kitten.  For some reason, your child is extremely attracted to some of the slimier or creepy crawly pets like snakes and lizards.  You're not particularly excited about the idea of adding one of these creatures to your home as a pet, so coming to see our friend Tyler and his team from Reptile Adventures at Canyon County Kids Expo is a perfect compromise.  Your kids will have a chance to get up close and personal with these animals without you having to take them home with you!

3) Get Your Photo Snapped with Royalty

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Which princess dress do you have to have to wrestle off your daughter at least once a week to toss in the laundry? Chances are that princess is BFFs with our friends from Capes and Crowns.  Both the princesses and superheroes from Capes and Crowns will join us for free photos and warm hugs with the kids.  We'll release the character schedule soon!

4) You Don't Have to Clean Up After Them

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Let's be honest, as a parent one of the most painful things about having an active little one is cleaning up after them...and we're talking like physically "I stepped on a LEGO" again painful. At Canyon County Kids Expo, you can let them get creative at the CBH Homes LEGO World and we'll do all the clean-up.  If your child falls in love with their LEGO house, they're welcome to take the LEGOs home with them...BUT your feet are on your own at that point!

5) We've Got Something For Everyone

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This year everyone of our vendors is required to have an interactive activity to keep the kids engaged and having fun while the parents check out some cool new products and services they may not be familiar with! We're pretty sure your kiddos will be pooped out by the time you make it all the way around the Idaho Center!

The 8th Annual Canyon Kids Expo happens Saturday, January 25 at the Ford Idaho Center. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the fun continues until 6 p.m! Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children.  If you'd like to buy them in advance and skip the line, click HERE!

Tickets purchased at the event will be CASH ONLY. There will be an ATM by the entry line, but if you want to save yourself the headache of ATM fees, buy them in advance. That's your pro-tip!