Family-friendly trade fair in Cloverdale aims to please parents and kids

The Belly, Baby and Kid Show promises to have lots in store for visitors of all ages, from kids to parents.


If you have kids, are a kid, or are a first-time parent expecting a new bundle of joy, get ready for the Belly Baby and Kid Show, coming to Cloverdale later this month.

The one-day event is a cross between a family fair and trade show, with a generous dose of imagination thrown in.

“As soon as you walk in the door you will see acrobats hanging from the ceiling,” says show producer Amanda Collett, a mother of two who describes the show as a a fun, family day out that’s also informative.

Along with acrobats, there will be a shipwreck, dancing fairies, and an enchanted forest with trees made by the same folks who were set designers on the film, X-Men.

The Sept. 27 event features products and services aimed at expecting parents right through to those with toddlers, tots and elementary school-aged kids.

There are hands-on demonstrations, from pre-natal fitness classes to a belly rub for soon-to-be moms, along with demonstration gym and circus classes for tots.

Along with more than 60 vendors, including Surrey’s Pathways Chiropractic and My Gym, who will be putting on free fitness classes for kids, there will be plenty to see and do, from an infant CPR workshop and seminars on sleeping, nutrition, and more, including tips from a daddy blogger, an interactive family fun zone with balloon animals, face painting, bouncy castle and tumble area.

There will also be a kid fashion show, live entertainment, dancers, and prize giveaways.

The concept was launched in the Tri-Cities area in 2011, and was re-booted last March in Maple Ridge.

“This is our first time in Surrey, but I just feel like Surrey’s growing so much,” Collett said.

“The Cloverdale Fairgrounds is just amazing – I feel like it’s a really easy access location. There are lots of families around. There are people who can walk to the show.”

There’s also plenty of parking and the venue is big enough that she hopes to avoid the line-ups that ensued last time around.

The aim is to put on two Belly, Baby and Kid shows a year – one in the spring on the north side of the Fraser, and one in the fall in Cloverdale.

“We’re really trying to focus on the Tri-Cities area and the Valley,” she says.

“Families are all moving out to suburbia, because it’s more affordable. Surrey is growing drastically,” she says. “We recognize that.”

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 (kids 12 and under are free), with partial proceeds to Basics for Babies. The first 100 people to arrive at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. will receive a door prize filled with swag – product samples, coupons and gift certificates.

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