If you go
What: Operation Baby Shower
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: American Lake Conference Center, 8085 NCO Beach Road at Lewis North
To learn more: jblmmwr.com/opbabyshower
If you’ve recently given birth or are looking forward to that blessed event, Joint Base Lewis-McChord has an event planned especially for you.
Expectant or new parents with infants 6 months old or younger are invited to JBLM’s Operation Baby Shower at American Lake Conference Center, 8085 NCO Beach Road at Lewis North, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The free event requires no preregistration and offers a plethora of baby-related vendor booths, Madigan Army Medical Center educational sessions, door prize giveaways, games, music, refreshments and more.
The first 50 moms to arrive also will receive a goodie bag of baby items at the door, courtesy of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which coordinates the baby shower event. The goodie bag giveaway is a popular part of the event, so prepare for lines at the door.
This is the sixth annual Operation Baby Shower on base. This year, for the first time, the event also will offer a clothing swap of baby clothes.
Everyone who wants to participate in that portion of the event should bring five to seven items of baby clothing, laundered and in good condition. Then, they can select and take home an equal number of baby clothes. The clothing swap will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event is a great opportunity for families who have recently moved to JBLM and may not have family nearby, according to Erika Scott-Small, recreation coordinator with Family and MWR special events.
“There are a lot of new moms who have (moved) and don’t know a lot of people here,” she said. “This is a good way to connect with other families.”
Scott-Small also said the event is a way to celebrate a new baby and learn about some of the resources available in the JBLM community for new parents and babies.
“The baby shower is for the whole family, so mom and dad and all the other children in the family can come and you can even bring Grandma, if she’s available,” she said. “It will be fun for the whole family.”