Let’s Move Dallas – Ft. Worth! With nearly 100,000 square feet to fill, there’s plenty of education and fun that can happen at the Dallas Kids Expo. This one day event is jam-packed with interactive games, hands-on-learning activities, educational workshops, exhibitor booths, and continuous entertainment for moms-to be, new moms and the entire family to enjoy. The fourth annual Dallas Kids Expo is pleased to offer North Texas families the most comprehensive selection of products and services for families with children, from infant through elementary school.
About Our Founder
Dallas Kids Expo founder Ebony Smith enters every room with energy and purpose. The young entrepreneur doesn’t hesitate to answer questions about her business or her passion for improving the lives of children in North Texas.
The launch of Dallas Kids Expo, an event for families and children, is central to that passion.“I was shaped by so many influences growing up,” said Smith. “ I had coaches, mentors, teachers, all of whom helped to give me strength of character.” It was her experiences as a child that formed the belief that Smith has about child development. She sees children’s activities as critical to their development. “I think it is important to expose kids to various activities. It is just as important for a child to know what he likes as it is to know what he doesn’t like,” muses Smith.
“When you expose a child to various opportunities you are empowering them to make better choices about their lives, in essence, building a higher self-esteem.” Smith has carried this passion for children ever since.
Pursuing her love for kids further, Smith volunteered for ten year as the Arts and Crafts Coordinator for the North Texas National Kidney Foundation’s Camp Reynal (the only children’s summer camp in Texas with a dialysis center). Smith’s successes as the camp’s Arts and Crafts Coordinator eventually led to her election as the Director for Teen Camp Reynal. While still advancing in her business consulting career, Smith plans for a career that would bring her closer to her passion and closer to children. “A child’s early years are the most important for shaping their personalities. I spent time studying curriculums and meeting influential people in the child industry that would prepare children by equipping them with strong life skills.”
After conducting extensive research, Smith leveraged her strong logistics background and created her business plan for the Dallas Kids Expo. The big idea behind the Expo came from a combination of Smith’s childhood and volunteer experiences. “I’ve volunteered around enough families to see the stresses parents face when trying to find the best fit for their children, whether they are looking for childcare,tutors, or sports teams,” recalls Smith. “There is a need for parents to find out what’s available in their community. Many parents rely heavily on word of mouth recommendations, but this can limit them to what works for other families.”
After years of hard work, Smith believes the Dallas Kids Expo will be the best event to come to North Texas – helping both parents and children. “For parents, my goal is to have them coming out of the Expo saying, ‘Wow I didn’t know that!’ and, ‘Whew, that saved me a ton of time,’” “I want kids to leave the Expo saying, ‘Mom and Dad, that was fun!’”