What do your kids dream 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 Saturday, January 19, 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 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the For the City Center (500 E St. John’s Avenue).

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.

FREE with RSVP! This festival is FREE to attend, but please register in advance online. The first 100 folks to sign up receive a FREE Taco Deli taco upon arrival, and the first 100 folks to arrive receive a goodie bag!

Professionals in attendance will include:

  • Chiropractor
  • Banker
  • Architect
  • Hair Dresser
  • Ballet Dancer
  • Veterinarian
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Orthopedist
  • Pilot
  • Park Ranger
  • Police Officer
  • Teacher
  • Visual Artist
  • Therapist
  • Farmer
  • Musician
  • Software Engineer
  • Interior Designer
  • Computer Developer
  • Railroad Conductor
  • Tap Dancer
  • Spanish Teacher
  • Fire Department
  • Ambulance Driver

For the littlest explorers, a Baby-Friendly Room stocked with toys from the Toybrary, will be available for rolling and crawling. Food and drinks will be sold onsite from a variety of great food trucks.

Photo from the Partners in Parenting Facebook page

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.

Photo from the PIP Facebook page

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 offer a reader the chance to win admission to one free 2019 PIP group which applies to Newborn, STA, and Baby Groups. 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.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered.