When I hit the California Baby and Kidz Expo at the Pasadena convention center, I have to admit it started off slow. Since Baby Buck is only nine months old, I couldn’t fully utilize all the great kid activities. There were trains, jumpers, and even Bubble Rollers. When Baby Buck gets older, then we’ll really have a good time.
Lights, Camera, Action
One of the first booths I hit was The Playground, a young actors’ conservatory. They had a runway and even a photo backdrop à la Hollywood premieres. Kids 6 to 18 could audition to be the next Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, or Christina Aguilera. Just out of curiosity, I asked them what they thought about Baby Buck. They said he’s very cute, and referred me to a baby modeling agency. We’ll see where this takes us, but if Baby Buck can fund his own college fund, why not right? As Nickelodeon’s Ashley Argota greeted us goodbye, I went Hollywood and said I’ll swing him back over when he is a little older.
Robots and Cars
There was a stage set up for Rolling Robots, but once again since Baby Buck was too young I did not partake in the festivities. Seems like a fun birthday party alternative, because kids can build their own robots and then put them into battle against each other. Next up was every 80s lover’s dream. Star Car Central showcased famous television and movie cars. There was a Back to the Future DeLorean, KITT from Knight Rider, and Bumblebee from the Transformers. There was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles van and a sighting of Doc Brown. I thought I was dreaming!
Last, but not least, I got to check out the latest and greatest baby products. I finally met my good friends from Snooze Shade where they gave me a quick demonstration of their new product. There were a handful of new and creative ideas, but one stood above the rest. My pick for Best in Show is Tady Tote. It is a plush, fluffy play mat that conveniently folds into a tote bag. Aren’t the simplest and most practical ideas usually the best? Stay tuned for a full detailed review coming soon. Hopefully next year more vendors participate to make it more worthwhile for parents. All in all, a fun and informative time for me. It was a nice blend of kid activities and vendors. As an added bonus, there was face painting, balloon animals, a petting zoo, and photo ops with Clifford the Big Red Dog.
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