LANSING, Mich. — Parents and soon-to-be parents in and around Lansing are invited to the Greater Lansing Baby Fair, a free event that connects families to local resources.
The event, organized by the Willow Tree Family Center in partnership with the Capital Area District Library, WKAR Family, the Ingham County Health Department and more than 20 local sponsors, will be held at the Lansing Center, located at 333 E Michigan Avenue in Lansing, on Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m.—4 p.m. More than 150 exhibitors and 2,000 attendees are expected.
"Part of our mission is to grow strong, empowered families,” said Nicole Greiter, president of Willow Tree Family Center, which founded and has hosted the event since 2014. There is so much to know and do when you become a parent, and it can often be overwhelming. Being educated, informed, and connected to the community sets the stage for families to make healthy, confident decisions. What better way to get resources, supports, and information out to families than one FUN comprehensive event?”
There will be activities for kids ages 0-8, workshops for parents and caregivers, shopping with local businesses, and connecting with area resources. Exhibitors cover a range of topics and include Willow Tree Family Center, the Ingham County Health Department, Sparrow Health System, Michigan Education Trust, Delta Dental, local pediatricians and pediatric dentists, and more! There are many attractions and events throughout the day, such as the Daddy Den with programming for dads. The Blue Cross Complete Healthy Habits Lounge includes ways to keep your family healthy. This year the Australian Chef Paul Penny will join us. He will be doing a cooking demonstration. The Capital Area District Libraries and WKAR will be at the Kids Korner area to promote literacy from birth. There will be five stations that show caregivers how to promote early literacy from home, along with information and resources, story times and activities along with character visits from Piggy and Elephant and Lexi the Cat. Interactive workshops from the main stage this year include Merry Music Maker, sponsored by CADL, Sigh Studio of Music, McCartney Irish Dance, and Stories on the Move. There will also be the Lansing Doula Network teaching expectant moms about comfort measures to use in labor, Mid-Michigan Babywearers, Rock and Rest where caregivers can change and feed their baby, Safety Central with the Lansing Fire Department and Lansing Police Department as well as car seat safety, first aid, preparing for emergencies, and all about how to keep your family safe. The Self-Care space will have massage, estheticians and other activities so parents can do self-care, because parents need care too!
The first 250 families in attendance will receive a swag bag filled with coupons, samples and free items. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the event. To learn more, visit lansingbabyfair.com
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