Hundreds of families with young children had a blast on Sunday, May 21 climbing onto fire-engines, experiencing what it’s like to be inside an ambulance and police car, exploring the inside a giant construction truck and more. Held outdoors under a warm and sunny sky, the annual interactive, community-wide Touch-A-Truck event featured more than 20 different vehicles, plus food, arts & crafts activities, and a rockin’ DJ to keep adults and children moving! Many thanks go to event sponsors: All American Waste, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Bethany Fuel, Mosquito Squad, B & B Transportation.
While the kids were enjoying the Touch-a-Truck event set up outdoors, parents with infants, as well as those getting ready to welcome infants or hoping to do so someday, were learning about all the local support available to help them, as they embark on this journey from pregnancy to pre-K.
The Expecting Expo was both fun and educational, with a slew of activities that included everything from PJ Library Story Time to a music & movement program in the Shalom Baby Cafe, made possible by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven. On a more serious note, parents and caregivers had the opportunity to take a much needed Infant CPR Class and to have their baby’s car seat checked for safe installation by local experts and professionals. And, oh yes, there lots and lots of raffle prizes to be had!
The day-long event was presented primarily by Shalom Baby/Women’s Philanthropy in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, and made possible by several presenting sponsors including "Platinum Rattle Sponsors": Generations OB/GYN, Sound Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cord Blood Registry, and others.
Plans are already underway for next year’s Expecting Expo slating for Sunday, June 2, 2024. Save the date!