You can never be too prepared or informed as a parent or grandparent, and the exhibitors, professionals, and brands at the Minnesota Baby and Beyond Expo are here to help you as prepare for your new baby. Hosted at St. Thomas Academy October 12–13, attendees (plus kids and babies!) can expect helpful resources, knowledgeable staff, vendors, and enough fun to go around. Below are eight things to do at the inaugural Minnesota Baby and Beyond Expo this weekend.
1. Browse through the event’s exhibitors.
Minnesota Baby and Beyond Expo welcomes all sorts of exhibitors to this event from health professionals, schools, and birthing centers to kid boutiques, goodies for mom, and more. For a complete list of exhibitors, click here.
2. Snap a photo with a Disney princess.
Yep—you’ll want to bring your little kids along for this! Disney princesses—Cinderella, Belle, and Mulan among them—will be walking around the expo floor all day long.
3. Attend a baby fashion show.
Taking place both Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., the fashion experts at Dot Dot Smile and Baby Grand will feature trendy clothes on some of Minnesota’s cutest babies and toddlers—including yours, if you’re interested. To sign up your child as a model (think of all the photo ops, moms), visit the Guest Services table at the expo entrance or the gym stage at least one hour prior to the start time.
4. Sign your infant up for the Diaper Dash.
Infants are always on the move, especially after they learn how to crawl. There’s so much of the world to explore, after all! Put that speed to the test at the expo’s Diaper Dash, where you can cheer on your baby as they crawl as fast as possible to the finish line. Sign your infant up at the expo entrance or the gym stage by 12:30 p.m. on both days. The race begins at 1:30 p.m.
5. Listen to the Teddy Bear Band.
This kid-friendly band is dedicated to helping children gain and maintain a positive sense of self as well as an appreciation for their own abilities. The Teddy Bear Band will play on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to noon on the gym stage.
6. Attend one of the free seminars.
If you are a new parent, chances are you’re spending a lot of your time educating yourself on a plethora of topics. To help, the expo is putting on four seminars throughout the weekend.
If you’re interested in learning the differences between delivery at home, a birth center, and a hospital, check out the “Where Should I Have My Baby?” seminar with experts from Willow Midwives, Children’s and Allina hospitals, and Thrive Midwives. For more information about postpartum depression, attend “The Baby Blues: Myths and Facts,” where Nystrom & Associates will discuss symptoms, care, and courses of action. To learn more about helpful financial investments that will benefit your child later on, sit in on the “Protecting Your Good Life” seminar with Allstate Insurance. And finally, if you’re in the midst of making a school decision for your child, make sure to attend the “Choosing the Best Education for Your Child” seminar. The panel includes experts from Providence Academy, Step by Step Montessori, and Oak Ridge Elementary.
Check the schedule online for seminar times and location.
7. Participate in a children’s book walk.
You’ve heard of a cake walk before, but what about a book walk? On Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., kids can walk (or dance!) their way through a children’s book walk, made possible by Usborne Books & More.
8. Receive a complimentary gift at the expo entrance.
Last but not least—attendees that purchase VIP tickets will receive a TWELVElittle diaper bag full of goodies. And there’s a sweet deal for general admission ticket holders, too—the first 50 attendees to arrive will receive a Noobie Box with handpicked products perfect for any parent. To purchase your tickets, go to babyandbeyondexpo.com/minnesota and follow on Facebook for expo details, giveaways leading up to the event, and more.