published Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Get revved up for Kidz Expo Sunday

The third annual Kidz Expo returns Sunday, April 27, with a Disney star, scads of cartoon characters, pageant winners, video games, face painters and bounce houses among the draws designed to appeal to kids from toddlers to tweens.

The expo runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza.

Debby Ryan, who stars in the Disney channel's "Jessie," is this year's celebrity guest. Fans can have their photo made with the actress and singer between 12:30 and 3 p.m. Attendees will be assigned a photo time based upon what time they arrive at the event, and as many photos as possible will be made in the time allotted.

Families can spend the day making memories together, playing games, shopping and being entertained. More than 100 vendor booths will be on the premises, including summer camps, schools, dentists, toy stores and clothing stores. Entertainment, ranging from magic to music to Ronald McDonald, will take place continuously on two stages. A Tots Zone will occupy the younger visitors with storytelling.

Prizes include a Disney vacation, free set of braces and an iPad mini. Many vendors also will have giveaways for those who stop by their booths.

Tickets are $7 each or $25 for a family four-pack. Purchase at or at participating area McDonald's restaurants. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Chattanooga Times Free Press Foundation.

For more information, call 423-757-6914.

Read a full story on Debby Ryan here

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