A travelling fair is bringing information and fun to families next week.
Nanaimo’s Early Years Healthy Start Fair, a one-stop shop of resources, services and activities for parents with children aged 0-6, is arriving downtown Monday, Jan. 15.
It’s the sixth event put on by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership and attracts up to 200 families.
Amber Bruner, children first early years community coordinator, said the partnership is trying to remove barriers for families and give them a value-added service so they don’t just go to a fair and get information.
Parents can make an appointment for an immunization, get a hearing or vision screening for kids and speak with between 45-50 different service providers, like Partners in Parenting, Island Health’s dental program, and City of Nanaimo parks and recreation. There’s also live music, face painting, stories, an ambulance and police car for kids to explore and giveaways like hockey sticks and two months worth of fruits and vegetables from Good Food Box.
It’s all free and Bruner said it’s a fun atmosphere.
“I find as a parent its really cool because you are not only feeling so supported and getting all these supports and resources and information and help being a parent but your child is also having fun,” she said.
The next fair is Jan. 15 at the Tillicum Lelum Friendship Centre Neutral Zone at 421 Franklyn Street from 1-4 p.m. Another Early Years Healthy Start Fair happens March 8 at Country Club Centre from 4-7 p.m.
For more information about the partnership or fair, visit www.nanaimoearlyyears.org.