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JBLM Operation Baby Shower


Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:14PM January 11th, 2018

Northwest Guardian / 2017

Tenzin McClung, 1 month, smiles for the camera as his mother Marisela McClung, of JBLM, left, and friend Gabrielle Peterman, of JBLM, right, during the 2017 Operation Baby Shower at the American Lake Conference Center on Lewis North.

If you go

What: Operation Baby Shower

Where: American Lake Conference Center, 8085 NCO Beach Road, Lewis North

When: Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whether you just had a baby or you’re waiting on the arrival of that special bundle of joy, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation has a baby shower planned just for you.

Operation Baby Shower — a free event for new and expectant moms and dads and their children — will be at American Lake Conference Center, 8085 NCO Beach Road, Lewis North, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the seventh year JBLM has offered the event, which involves baby shower games, educational and pampering products and informational booths, door prizes, refreshments and more.

In addition to the many activities of previous years, this year there will be a lactation consultant in attendance and 4-D ultrasound booth.

“There’s a lot of really cool stuff this year,” said Megan Braholli, recreation specialist in the Family and MWR special events office.

One booth alone will be giving out more than 100 gift bags, she said.

Guests will receive a passport page to get stamped at various booths at the event. When completed, the stamped passport is returned to the entrance booth for a chance to spin the wheel for one of several prizes.

JBLM’s Child, Youth and School Services has joined with Family and MWR to host the event and will have craft tables for small children at the event.

The event is primarily geared to new and expectant moms and their young children. All are welcome, but most child games and crafts will be geared to ages 4 and younger, Braholli said.

In addition to fun games and freebies, expect to learn some new tips for moms.

“It’s a free event with no RSVP and lots of fun stuff,” Braholli said. “If you’re a new mom, expect to reap the benefits of new information and the many booths of stuff you may not already know.”