Do your kiddos dream about what they want to be when they grow up? Perhaps in their pretend play they are a scientist, police officer or ballerina? Of course, the possibilities are exciting and endless! On Sunday, January 14, you’re invited to bring the family to the When I Grow Up Festival to interact with local professionals from park rangers to dentists, doctors, soccer players, hair stylists and more! Partners in Parenting will host this free event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Asian American Resource Center.
Professionals will interact with the children to share the tools of their trade. Kids can learn about artistic and entertainment fields through children’s musicians, storytimes, dance, yoga, and other performances throughout the day. Enjoy live shows from popular children’s entertainers, Staci Gracy, and Much2Much, between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Professionals in attendance will include:
- Ballet Dancers
- Austin Police Department
- Austin Park Rangers
- Visual Artist
- UT School of Engineering
- Soccer Players
- Children’s Author
- Emergency Medical Professionals
- Capital Metro
- Children’s Hair Stylist
For the littlest explorers, a Baby-Friendly Room stocked with toys from the Toybrary, will be available for rolling and crawling. A Mother’s Room will be available for a quiet, safe space for babies to eat and sleep. Families will also be able to try out these music and movement classes for young children:
- 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.: Heartsong Music Demonstration
- 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Baby Massage Class
- 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Partners in Parenting Trial Session
- 12:30 – 1 p.m.: Baby Wearing Class
- 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.: Baby Sleep Class
This festival is FREE to attend! You’re encouraged to register in advance online to receive a Swag Bag filled with coupons and goodies. (One per family while supplies last.) And you’re also encouraged to bring along diaper donations for the Austin Diaper Bank.
Enjoy free parking, plenty of food trucks on site, and a tree-lined lawn for kids to run and play outdoors.
About Partners In Parenting: For any parents of newborns and babies, life can be pretty challenging and stressful without a proper support system. It truly “takes a village” to raise little ones, and Partners in Parenting understands this. They are a local organization that facilitates community-based peer support programs for new parents in the area. They organize PIPsqueaks Groups, set up by baby’s age, for any new parents to attend with their babies in tow. At each weekly meeting, the families in the groups share their highs and lows, process the experience of becoming new parents, and learn tips and resources through weekly topic discussions and guest speakers.
Even parents with a strong local family network find that PIP adds valuable support system. Plus, it’s a fun way to make new friends for yourself as well as future buddies for the children. You’ll exchange stories, laugh and learn with other new dads and moms in the same boat.
To learn more about Parnters in Parenting and sign up to participate in a group, please visit www.pipaustin.org.
–> Giveaway: Parnters in Parenting would like to waive the group fees for one lucky Do512 Family reader. This allows you to sign up to participate in a PIPsqueaks Group for free! Enter below. Good luck! Entering the giveaway will add you to the Do512 Family email list, where we let you know about the best Austin family events each week.