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Theater, arts and crafts, much more on tap at this weekend’s Kidz Expo

Emily Arrow relies on her toy unicorn to bring her good luck in the musical “Fish Face,” which will be performed at the Kidz Expo at Empire State Plaza.

Emily Arrow relies on her toy unicorn to bring her good luck in the musical “Fish Face,” which will be performed at the Kidz Expo at Empire State Plaza.

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Growing up in New York, Mark and Gary Blackman went to a lot of Broadway shows with their parents and fell in love with the theater.

Later, the identical twins toured extensively in both the U.S. and Europe as musicians.

Those two experiences led them to found a traveling theater company called ArtsPower that brings children’s musicals around the country. One of its current shows, “Fish Face,” will stop at the Kidz Expo in Empire State Plaza on Saturday, March 3.

“Fish Face” tells the story of a girl who is trying to fit in after moving to a new school, a theme Gary Blackman said is universal. All of ArtsPower’s shows support character education, he said.

“There are lessons about how to be a better person, religious tolerance and racial equality,” among others, he said.

“Fish Face” will be performed three times at the Egg during the expo. Admission to that show and all expo-related activities is free. Prizes will be announced every hour. For more information, call 474-0538 or visit www.expirestateplaza.org.

The Kidz Expo strikes a similar balance between education and entertainment. Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the expo will feature bounce houses, arts and crafts, a reptile display, costumed characters, a puppet show in Spanish and much more.

Dan DeCosmo is coming from Suffield, Conn., with his trackless train, the Roaming Railroad. DeCosmo said he’s been fond of trains his whole life, which led to the creation of the Roaming Railroad a number of years ago (“Too many to count,” he joked). The train will travel around the plaza giving rides to both kids and adults while DeCosmo mixes commentary and comedy.

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