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The Mama & Family Expo Returns For A Sixth Year . . . More space, more activities and an extra day of shopping this June!

We all know it takes a village to raise a family, but occasionally it feels like we’re doing it alone. Have no fear, help is here!

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, The Mama & Family Expo — presented by Three Lambs Registry & Baby Boutique — is bringing the village back to parenting in Windsor and Essex County.

This year’s one-of-a-kind family trade show takes place at the Tecumseh Arena, 12021 McNorton Street, for two days — Friday, June 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Attendees come to find and shop for the finest pregnancy and parenting essentials, while being treated to samples, pampering, swag and workshops.

Friday is geared toward parents. While kids are welcome, this night features pampering, giveaways, speakers, entertainment and craft stations — all for adults. Moms and dads are encouraged to come out and bring their friends for a fun evening.

Saturday is family day and features programming, contests and activities for the entire family!

Teanna McKay, Producer of The Mama & Family Expo, is proud of the relationship they have built with the community over the years.

“The Mama & Family Expo has a proven track record and we continue to strive to make our Expo and parenting event stand out as a leader in our community for a place to find top products, businesses and service providers for parents and their families,” she expresses. “We seek new and innovative partners who will improve our event and further our mission of providing a social experience through offering shopping, pampering, services, sampling and other activities.”

According to McKay, exhibitors are carefully vetted through an application process, which allows them to curate the very best possible businesses that will help build their vision.

“For 2022 we are excited to move to Tecumseh Arena,” says McKay. “This larger space is all on one level making it easier for strollers and small children, plus it provides larger aisles for shopping and more space to have lots of new activities!”

The increase in show space also allows for more exhibitors, including the best products in baby and maternity, sleep wellness specialists, health and wellness professionals, pampering services such as infant massage and beauty products, handmade items including one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories, and décor, child care, education and community programs.

In addition, there are plenty of cool companies in the Exhibitor Village with interesting products and services.

Embrace Dental Hygiene is conducting free dental checks for children. The Beadiva is doing on-site DIY workshops of their Mommy and Me bracelets. Music For Young Children is offering music classes (obviously LOL!) and performances during the event and The Art Lab has a slime bar for the kids.

The 2022 Expo also features new activities and areas including . . .

The Main Stage featuring celebrity influencers, health and wellness seminars, musical entertainment, interactive how-to-demos, all sponsored by The School House Academy Daycare Services.

A new Health, Wellness & Pampering Pavilion where attendees can find exhibitors who want the best for you inside and out, sponsored by Shred Shop Wellness Complex + Elevate Health Boutique Inc., has also been added.

Since the Expo is all about family members having a fun and comfortable time while they visit from booth to booth, The Comfort Cabana features an infant feeding lounge and private change tables. This is thanks to two sponsors, Knowledge First Financial and Rana Eye Care.

The Enchanted Castle is sponsored by The Kids Shoppe, The Balloon Artist and Biz X magazine. It is a magical kingdom complete with a fairy tale décor where kids — big or small — can meet their favourite storybook characters. Guests enter the balloon castle to find the classic storybook princesses and princes from Evermore Princess Parties, who provide story time, colouring pages, crafts, sing-a-longs and photo-ops.

“The Dad Den” was created for the men in a child’s life and is an area housing activities and seminars just for them. This special section has a lounge and is packed with experts (like the Fantastic Fathers Community Group), products and services for the modern dad.

As well, a number of local makers are on site, with one-of-a-kind products, handmade with love, sponsored by the Urban Art Market.
Over $1,000 in Mama Expo Dollars from the Motor City Community Credit Union are being given away to be spent at the event! Plus, free swag bags go to the first 100 people in attendance on both Friday and Saturday.

One day passes are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Weekend passes valid for both Friday and Saturday are $8 in advance and $15 at the door on Friday. Children under 12 can attend at no charge on both days.

Tickets are available online and in local stores such as: Three Lambs Registry & Baby Boutique (see address in their section to follow); The Kids Shoppe (see address in their section to follow); the Urban Art Market (548 Chilver Road, Windsor) and Baby Envy Boutique (1645 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor).

The Expo also supports a charitable cause. A portion of the ticket sales are going directly to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwestern Ontario. The Red Shoe Society of Windsor-Essex has a booth and Kids Craft Table on site, with volunteers collecting donations as well.

As for health and safety policies, McKay and her team are dedicated to creating a safe environment for attendees and exhibitors. As we live and adapt to a post-COVID-19 world, masks and face coverings are recommended for everyone aged two and older.

“We are increasing our cleaning schedule and will be disinfecting high-touch and high-traffic areas multiple times a day,” indicates McKay. “We have a one-way directional flow, sanitizer stations throughout the event and large aisles to allow for physical distancing.”

You can keep up to date with the latest information about the event on: TheMamaExpo.ca.

But first, until the Expo opens its doors to the public, let’s fill you in a bit more about these partners, sponsors and supporters. The companies are also some of the vendors you and your family can meet when visiting The Mama & Family Expo this June.

Presenting Partner: Three Lambs Registry & Baby Boutique

Located at 13444 Tecumseh Road East in the St. Clair Beach Plaza (Manning Road and Tecumseh Road East), Three Lambs Registry & Baby Boutique specializes in all things baby, including — but not limited to — nursery furnishings and décor, baby shower registries, strollers, car seats, clothing, toys, gifts and more.

“We strive to offer the best products at the best prices, and try our best to curate products for everyone’s style, budget and needs,” says Jeanine Jodoin, Owner of Three Lambs Registry & Baby Boutique who began the business in 2015. “We offer concierge style shopping experiences for those in a hurry, and free registry consultations and registry creation services. We are also the area’s largest nursery furniture showroom!”

Jodoin tells Biz X she has participated in the Expo in the past and is excited to be this year’s presenting partner.

“The Mama & Family Expo is a great way to engage with the community,” she believes.

Jodoin adds: “It’s also an opportunity to introduce people to our wonderful curation of fabulous products and friendly service.”

Want to know more? Visit: ThreeLambs.ca and their booth at the Expo!

Sponsor: The Kids Shoppe

Searching for Windsor’s premier children’s and maternity resale shop? Look no further than a locally owned and operated business, The Kids Shoppe found at 2950 Dougall Avenue in Windsor.

Established in 2015, The Kids Shoppe buys and sells new and gently-used children’s clothing, toys, books, baby gear and maternity clothing.

“We offer sellers the opportunity to recycle nearly-new items and get paid on the spot,” says Klara Pardal, Owner of The Kids Shoppe. “Savvy shoppers can browse an immense range of items, from clothing to toys to strollers to home décor, all up to 70 percent off regular retail!”

Her business is always in attendance at The Mama & Family Expo in order to stay abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in the baby and motherhood industry. Find out further details about this company on: TheKidsShoppe.ca.

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