32 Things To Do At The Mamas Expo This Weekend

Part baby expo, art county fair, and part something totally different, the Mamas Expo is a one day family friendly gathering that celebrates parenting culture in New York City and beyond.

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The Mamas Expo brings together local resources, businesses, brands, educators, caretakers, parents, grandparents, performers, artists, and of course kids to  receive an exclusive look at all of the new resources available and of course, have fun! Looking for more? Check out the online expo program to plan your visit and get great discounts on admission by buying an advance ticket.

1. Visit The New Parents Lounge & Baby Gallery
The 2014 Mamas Expo has a gallery dedicated to new and expecting parents. See the coolest new baby gear, fashion for moms and babies, baby registries, birthing resources, information about cord blood, and a demo stage that will be featuring an incredible line up of demonstrations and entertainment all day long.

2. All Day Entertainment
The Music Together Performance Stage will host a full day of free performances from Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theatre,Music Together, and Mad Science.

3. Play With Your Preschooler
Not just for mamas, the expo has plenty of fun activities for the whole family, including preschoolers. Bring them with you for a full day of family fun!

4. Fun For Dads
Yes, yes, we know, it’s called the Mamas Expo. But that’s only because it was created by a bunch of mamas. There’s plenty of great stuff for dads, too!

5.  Score Cool SWAG
The Mamas Expo is all about swag and free giveaways and you can  get in on the action by buying a VIP swag bag, sampling free products throughout the event, playing sponsor bingo, and winning awesome prizes all day long.

6. Check out the New Decor!
The Mamas Expo has collaborated with clothing brand Lucy & Leo, Seventh Generation, and Green Toys to decorate the expo entrance. Designer Rachel Mednick will be creating a giant hanging chandelier made entirely of organic clothing and recycled items.

7. Snag a VIP Pass
VIP Passes are the coolest way to experience the Mamas Expo. Not only do you get early access to the expo but you also receive an awesome swag bag filled with goodies.

8. Discover Resources for Pregnant Moms
The Mamas Expo is New York City’s ultimate baby expo and pregnant moms should not miss out! Here are 10 great things that pregnant moms can see at the event.

9. Play Outside
The Mamas Expo offers preschoolers and their parents the opportunity to play mini-golf and check out the Science Playground at NYSCI. Kids will also be able to play on a real live fire truck! How cool is that?

10. Play Inside
Not only will preschoolers get to play inside the NYSCI all day long but the Mamas Expo also brings even more to the experience. There will be a second indoor fire truck play space by Twinkle Playspace as well as pop-up play with Play GreenpointTempest ToysPreschool Place, and more.

11. Try Tasty Treats
Sample yummy free food and drinks from Honest KidsLittle Bird ChocolateAqua Ball, and Happy Family.

12. Make Cool Crafts
The Mamas Expo is turning the entire lower level of NYSCI into one giant crafting area for kids and families. Not only can you  enjoy the new and exciting Design Lab but companies such as NY Kids ClubOasis Children’s ServicesQueens ZooUrbanSitter and more will be hosting all day crafts for your little ones.

13. Take Sample Classes
Explore the educational and fun classes and activities offered by Art House Astoria82nd Street AcademicsAmazing Magic Beans Learning CenterHola PlaygroupKidKlassMusic TogetherNuts for Signs, and NY Kids Club.

14. Have Carnival Style Fun
Clown around with Big Apple Circus and play carnival games from Fantasy Forest.

15. Decorate Your Face
Bella Face Painting will be decorating little faces all day long.

16. Try Cool Science Experiments
Mad Science will be hosting preschool friendly science experiments for kids at their table as well as performing on the demo stage.

17. Get Stylish
The Mamas Expo has never before had such a stylish collection of exhibitors.  New moms can check out stylish clothing byLarrivo  Lucy & LeoBaby Basics from Jason & JulianaLil DarlinsPipsqueak Children’s ShoppeVanRey Handknit Baby Accessories,  Stella Mamma, Nurse PurseBabies R UsChloe Madison.

18. Learn About How To Get Your Baby To Sleep Better
Learn how to keep your baby happy, healthy and sleeping well with Music Together’s Wendy DeAngelis. She will be  talking about how parents can use music to help their newborns, sleep soundly, eat well, and be happy on the demo stage.

19. Communicate With Your Baby
Get a glimpse into the fun and value of communicating with your babies through sign language with Nuts for Signs on the demo stage.

20. Learn About Baby Massage Techniques 
Weleda will be teaching parents the techniques behind baby massage while using their delicious smelling natural products.

21. Get Your Finances in Order 
News flash! Having kids is really expensive, especially in the big city. Prudential will be talking about financial planning for families on the demo stage.

22. Say Goodnight to Your Nanny-Cam
“Goodnight Moon Has Been Hilariously Updated For The Modern Parent” says Buzzfeed and many other media outlets about Goodnight Nanny-Cam. The authors of this popular parody, Jen Nessel and Lizzy Ratner, will be reading from the book for you to enjoy.

23. Preserve Your Memories
Preserve your baby memories for free with Glyph Creative Studio who will be taking photos all day long at their booth.

24. Test Cool Baby Gear
Test out some of the best baby gear before you buy it! Brands like 4momsBritaxBabies R Us, & Weebabe will be featuring  awesome baby gear to sample and try.

25. Find Babysitting the High Tech Way
Company UrbanSitter will help you find the right babysitter among your friends on Facebook by easily integrating its algorithm into a sitter search platform. Learn about how this works, and even book a sitter for your first night out after baby!

26. Get Support & Stay Healthy
Great support and reliable healthcare are some of the hardest things to find. The Mamas Expo will bring you a great line up of resources for new parents from late night pediatric services and medical specialists to local support groups and services.

27. Finish That Baby Registry Already!
Babies R Us will be on hand all day to help you quickly get your baby registry under way. Pick out baby essentials that others can buy for you. You will get some fun swag and a chance to win great prizes just for signing up!

28. Relax At The Demo Stage & Glider Lounge
The new parents demo stage will be featuring an incredible line up of demonstrations and entertainment all day long. Please see the online program to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

29. Take Care of Your Mama Skin!
Pregnancy does a number on a mamas skin and there is no reason to let it suffer. The Mamas Expo will feature awesome skin care solutions like stretch mark scar gel, hand and face cream, 13. Natural Skincare
Take care of you and baby this summer by choosing great natural skincare products.  Dolphin OrganicsWeleda,Babyganics, and others will be handing out samples and getting you ready for the summer skin season.

30. Shop Till You Drop
Whether you are last minute shopping before the baby comes, or simply planning ahead, the Mamas Expo will be filled with great products to buy at awesome prices. Companies like Brooklyn based Weebabe, Lucy & LeoVanRey, and more will be available for you to take home!

31. Learn About Cord Blood Banking
Learn about banking your cord blood and whether it is right for you with StemCyte Cord Blood Bank  Cord Blood Registry

32. Decorate Your Nursery
Still need to decorate your nursery? The Mamas Expo will give you some great ideas and inspiration to fuel that creative fire! You will be able to check out nursery products from companies such as Babies R UsBaby MushroomMetro Tots, Yummi, and so many more.