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Families Look Ahead to Summer Fun at Camp Expo

Posted: Updated: Feb 10, 2013 08:18 PM EST

Thousands of parents and kids in central Virginia are already preparing for summer.

The ninth annual Charlottesville Family Fun and Camp Expo gave them a chance to explore all sorts of options for adventures over summer vacation.

More than 80 different groups set up shop at the Doubletree Hotel in Albemarle County Sunday to offer fun recreational and educational options for kids and families to enjoy.

From finding a fun activity to finding some quality family time, the expo was packed with kids and parents alike, all browsing the vendors who lined up wall to wall for an easy one-stop shop to prepare for summer break.

"We are the resource that connects parents to businesses that they need," Jennifer Bryerton of Charlottesville Family Magazine. "I'm a mom, I have four kids and this is the sort of thing that makes it easy."

Families explored a variety of activities from karate and soccer to nature camps. The expo has catered to the community for nearly a decade and offers something to suit any kid's dream.

"We teach kids all of the different motorsports sciences," said Diane Tyrrell, the director of Camp Motorsport. "We teach them how to drive and then we do the applied sciences, so physics, aerodynamics, those kinds of things."

The fair gives kids the opportunity to explore unique hobbies and learn life skills that will hopefully help them discover what they love most.

"I love art more than anything and this is - I love it. I get to paint everything," said Maya Jelinek of Maya-Style Face Painting.

Organizers say close to 500 people walked through the doors in the first hour. They estimate 2,500 people checked out the fair by the end of the day.

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