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Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 3:32 p.m.

Moms and dads can forget cake and games at the World's Greatest Baby Shower.

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WORLD'S GREATEST BABY SHOWER

What: The 5th annual World's Greatest Baby Shower for parents of children age 5 and under.
When: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 17.
Where: Lincoln Middle School, 1001 SE 12th St.
Cost: Free.
Information: Call 352-377-5690.

What they will get are lots of presents, and most importantly, plenty of parenting advice from experts.

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of the University City, it will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 17 at Lincoln Middle School, 1001 SE 12th St. Participants will enjoy a light breakfast and lunch, but those eating lunch must register by 10:30 a.m. the day of the event.

The shower is open to new moms and dads, expectant mothers and parents with preschool children ages 5 and under.

Theresa Harrison, the baby shower organizer and a Kiwanis Club member, said $3,000 in prizes will be awarded. Each family attending will receive a goodie bag worth $50, and for attending on-site parenting classes, each adult will receive raffle tickets for up to four chances to win gift bags valued at $120 and gift cards valued at $50 and $100.

"All parents have questions," Harrison said. "This is a great opportunity to speak with local resources about your parenting concerns and to connect with local resources."

Harrison said moms and dads will get plenty of parenting information from handouts at the various booths and from the nine presenters who will provide 30-minute parenting classes on such topics as breast-feeding, teaching your child, domestic violence, ways to relieve stress, dangers of shaking a baby, reading to young children, getting a fussy baby back to sleep, dental care, finance and credit, and talking and playing with your baby.

Hearing and vision tests also will be available and parents will have an opportunity to register their child for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten, or VPK, program, a legislatively mandated program designed to prepare every 4-year-old in Florida for kindergarten.

Harrison said last year, 200 moms and dads attended the baby shower and at least that many are expected this year. She said this year, 25 vendors will be on hand to offer information, answer questions about their programs, and give away such things as books, crayons, small toys, pencils, toiletries and more.

"The prizes and goodies are incentives," Harrison said. "Parenting is tough, and in these economic times, we want to offer information and opportunities and monetary incentives at the same time."

For more information, call 352-377-5690.

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