Parsippany Library hosted the third Career Carnival for Kids on Thursday, November 21, and we couldn’t have hoped for a better ending to the 2019 “carnival season.” About 150 enthusiastic kids and parents met with amazing volunteers from 20 companies, nonprofits, schools and industry associations who provided hands-on activities, fun giveaways, tasty treats and priceless career insights.
Our young attendees tested their driving skills on the Parsippany Police‘s distracted driving simulator, learned about structural reinforcement with HNTB, and checked their blood pressure with Lakeland Hills YMCA.
They (and their hungry parents) sampled Red Lobster‘s famous biscuits and lobster rolls, flew drones with high school students from the Morris County School of Technology, and conducted an experiment with American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Many built a “road in a cup” with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), some had their faces painted by artist Bernadine Ferrari, and just about everyone spun Pediatric Dental Associates of Randolph‘s colorful wheel to answer questions and win prizes.
Goryeb Children’s Hospital opened their minds about the many different jobs at a hospital, while dietitians from Weis and ShopRite gave them “food for thought” about careers in nutrition.
Morris County Division of Mosquito Control introduced kids to ticks and mosquitoes and explained how they manage these pests. On the other side of the room, Morris 4H introduced a friendly rabbit and Marty the Service Dog (always a favorite!) and explained how to care for them.
And there were still more options for these curious kids: they learned about coding with Code Ninjas and talked residential real estate with Weichert. They explored law enforcement with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and tried a table full of fun and challenging activities, courtesy of Parsippany Library.
For those starting to think about next steps for different careers, County College of Morris and Berkeley College shed light on training and higher education options.
Many thanks to the volunteers, attendees and event staff who came together to spark career curiosity at this very special event!