By Anna Skinner
Expecting and new parents will have a chance to celebrate 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 14 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.
Rock the Cradle will return for its third annual complimentary event with shopping, contests, a fashion show and more to those with new little ones or babies on the way.
Jenn Kampmeier, founder of the event, said there will be approximately 70 vendors at the event.
“It’s basically our mission to empower parents to be new parents on fitness, nutrition, and wellness and then while shopping and celebrating in a whimsical atmosphere,” she said.
Although entry is complimentary, there will be charges at the various vendors and food trucks at the event. Some vendors include diaper and stroller companies, national and local companies, as well as booths on health and wellness.
Contests include the daddy-a-thon, where dads and partners of expecting and new moms will compete in an obstacle course. The dads or partners must perform certain skills and whoever wins receives a prize valued over $400. Previous winners in years past have been awarded car seats or strollers.
There will be a show to offer tips and techniques for organizing the kid’s room, a pickle and ice cream bar sponsored by Oberweiss, “mocktails” and a cupcake bar.
“The biggest thing is we normally have a very large line of 150 to 200 people waiting, the first 25 moms will receive a swaddle bag,” Kempmeier said. “This is filled with items and products from national and local companies for the babies.”
A 2-D ultrasound is available at the event for those who pre-register for $44.99.
To register for the daddy-a-thon, 2-D ultrasound or to learn more, visit facebook.com/Indyfamilyfest.