It’s the ultimate play date.
The New York Hall of Science will host Mamas Expo 2017 on Sunday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 40 companies from around the Tri-State Area will be on hand to promote their services and products to parents, expectant moms, children, professional caregivers, and even grandparents.
On the edible side, entities such as Plum Organics will offer samples of its fruit purees for babies. On the product side, Dolphin Organics will give away shampoo and other hygiene products. And on the business side, Met Life and New York Life will promote insurance plans.
Education exhibitors include Buckley Day Camp, Beth Shalom Day Camp, Garden School, Jackson Heights-based 82nd Street Academics, and Mont Lawn Camp. Some will host free sample classes on the spot.
Finally, there will be designated play areas with mascots, carnival games, face painting, Earth Day projects, crafts making, interactive demonstrations, and performances.
Other scheduled exhibitors include Expect Natural, Gazillion Bubble Show, Victorian Gardens, Green Mountain Energy, NY Carousel, Prudential, Happy Family, The Broadway Class, and Babyhampton.
“The primary mission of the Mamas Expo is to empower parents to make informed decisions for their children by giving them easy access to some of the best local services, entertainment, activities, specialists, and products currently available to them,” said Leni Calas, who co-founded the Queens Mamas website and this annual exposition. “Its second mission is to celebrate how much fun parenting in New York City can be.”
Expo access is free with museum admission ($16 for adults/$13 for children) or membership. Last year, more than 2,500 attendees visited Mamas Expo 2016. Organizers hope to attract more than 3,000 people this year.
Images: Andrew Kelly/New York Hall of Science