The 4th annual New Orleans Baby & Child Fest will take place Saturday, October 5th from 10am – 4pm at The Pontchartrain Center. A pregnancy and parenting expo…Big Easy style…for expectant parents and families with children up to about seven years old…grandparents & friends too!
Jennifer Walker, co-founder and event coordinator, is a mom, wife and entrepreneur with two active boys, but what boys aren’t active, right? Jack is 7 and Beckett is 3. When she’s not working, you can find her taking them to soccer or baseball practice, the zoo, the library or the playground. She also sneak in games of Scramble with Friends on her iPhone, her guilty addiction.
When I asked Jennifer why she started the New Orleans Baby & Child Fest, she explained that “my husband and I thought for years about the need for a Baby, Child and Family Expo in the New Orleans area. Our second child was about 6 months old when we decided to make it happen in the Spring of 2010. My background was Marketing and Event Planning, and I had two children, so I knew there was a need for this type of event. We knew the concept would work, but in 2010 all we had was an idea. Lucky for us, 77 exhibitors and nine sponsors believed in it enough to take a chance on us. The result was a hugely successful first Baby & Child Fest. 200 people were lined up outside the Pontchartrain Center before we opened the doors. Approximately 3,000 people came through the doors during the six hour event. Year two and three grew, and now we’re gearing up for the biggest Baby& Child Fest yet. One of the things I love most is promoting other entrepreneurs through Baby & Child Fest. There are so many great local businesses that cater to expectant moms and young families. I love that we get to introduce attendees to such great businesses and even help some businesses launch!”
This year’s fest will include more than 100 exhibitors, lots of great shopping, thousands in giveaways, children’s play area, live music by Johnette Downing and Papillion, face painting, crafts, fairy & pirate tea parties, kid-sized fire truck, Daniel Tiger meet & greet, family lounge, changing station, nursing lounge and more! Booths include everything from boutiques to photographers to health and fitness and more! Be sure to check out the complete exhibitor list!
Come by yourself or with a spouse, friend, grandparent and/or children. If you bring your children and really want to shop, it’s a good idea to bring a spouse or grandparent too to watch your children, while you get to shop in peace.