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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Around Town: Modern Family Expo

On Sunday, Feb. 23 I'm going to be perusing the ModernFamily Expo in North Vancouver. I'm really looking forward to my first event of the year, and this one doesn't look to disappoint! With 75+ exhibitors, plus fitness classes, workshops, a Kid Zone, and a $10,000 prize up for grabs, the organizers have worked hard to offer something for everyone.

By Moms for Moms
The ModernFamily Expo has been organized by local Moms and ladies in business with a focus on eco- friendly and healthy options for families- two things I look for for my own family and those of my readers; plus I hope you know by now how big I am on supporting local Moms and businesses! The offerings run the gamut from prenatal planning to postnatal needs, food & nutrition, health & wellness, active living, and eco- friendly solutions. There's the added bonus of complimentary food and beverage samples on offer from some of the exhibitors, so you can try some of the products out for yourself on the spot. 

Something for the Kids
There are so many great things for the kids to do and see I'm going to put them in list form for you! You can check all of these activities out in the Expo Par- T Perfect Kid Zone at the event:
-  Bouncy castle (!!!)
- Face Painting
- 4 Cats craft station
- Giggles Fun Dough play station (*wheat free for kids with allergies)
- Gymboree play area
- Cinderella meet & greet
- Whole Foods Market 'play with your food' station

Something for Mom & Dad
While the event is going to be a lot of fun, Moms and Dads know that packing up the family can be a lot of work. Again, the organizers have you covered (the benefit of having an event planned by Moms!). There will be the Family Lounge- courtesy of UsedVancouver.com- to relax in when you need to take a break. Complete with a water station, breastfeeding area, stroller parking, and change tables, the lounge will offer a valuable rest area for families so they don't have to leave and re- enter the event to attend to their little one's needs. Once you're re- energized, you can take in Modern Mama speaker series for some great info for families. 

Do Good While Having Fun
In addition, new and expectant Moms will be able to pre- register for activities such as Boxing Babes and Yogapod prenatal classes. Plus Westcoast Families magazine will be hosting a Family Photo Contest for the chance to be featured in an issue. Proceeds from the classes and photo contest will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation, a foundation started by Whole Foods Market with the goal to aid poverty- stricken communities in developing nations. 

If that wasn't enough opportunity to help those in need, one of my favourite organizations, BabyGoRound (remember our recent feature on them???) will be at the event collecting new and gently used baby items to distribute to local families in need. If you'd like more info about what BabyGoRound collects, check out this page.

Consistent with their eco- friendly focus, the Expo is partnering with green companies and using renewable resources to power and support the event. This includes using The Bicycle Valet(to encourage travel via pedal), Zero Waste Solutions to provide recycling throughout the event, Greener Print sustainable printing solutions, and Bullfrog  Power (the event is powered by 100% BC wind power!).

The event will be from 10am to 3pm next Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier in North Vancouver. You can purchase tickets for the ModernFamily Expo in advance online for $8 or $10 cash at the door.  If you want more info on the event or to see the list of exhibitors, check out the ModernFamily Expo website and Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

How would you like to win free entry to the event???? The organizers have given TPB 2 adult tickets- a $20 value!- to give away! To enter, leave a comment below or on our Facebook page about how you're trying to go green with your family with #ModerFamilyExpo in the comment. The contest deadline is Friday, Feb. 21 at 11:59pm, so get your entries in ASAP!

Logo & images courtesy of Modern Family Expo.