Stamp your passport at these trade shows around the globe.
It takes a village to raise a child, and that village is crossing borders. Juvenile trade shows run all year, but the summer months especially feature a multitude of conferences worldwide that offer unique products, research and networking. International shows, in particular, welcome consumers to make a connection with their vendors, preview new products and gain parenting support. Here’s a preview of what’s next on the trade show calendar.
April 27-29, 2018
Just over the border, Canada’s baby, kids and maternity industry offers a three-day event at the International Centre in Mississauga, near Toronto. This expo showcases products like baby bottles, sippy cups and diaper disposal systems, comfortable seating, nursing pillows and bottle warmers. Visitors can also browse nursing bra pads, breastfeeding information and infant food, clothing and other related services from juvenile exhibitors.
Kidz World Expo
May 5-6, 2018
“The Most Comprehensive Showcase of Toys, Children Products & Needs Industry Event” takes place over two days at the World Trade Centre. This long-running event features products like toys and games, educational books and CD-ROMs, kid apparel, baby products, arts and crafts products and party gifts, amongst others. The expo also provides information from photography and modeling agencies, summer camps, international schools, residential schools, pre-schools and coaching classes. Exhibitors and parents alike can identify current market trends, browse the latest product offerings and assess what lies in store for the juvenile marketplace.
MamaMagic, The Baby Expo
May 17-20, 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa
This four-day event bills itself as “Everything You Need from 0-6 Years Under One Roof.” Located at the Ticketpro Dome, this trade show is a 10-year-old expo offering the latest products and services, expert seminars, show specials, exciting competitions, live entertainment and so much more. Exhibitors and consumers are both welcome.
ASTRA 2018 Marketplace
June 10-13, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana
Rated the number one trade show in the specialty toy industry by retailers, the ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) Marketplace can promote its conference simply by the numbers: four days of events, 30 hours of education provided, 500 plus exhibitors and 1,300 independent retailers. Located at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the Marketplace features new products, show specials and shopping opportunities for the fourth quarter. Also, more than 100 new, first-time juvenile vendors will showcase their products, alongside long-time favorite ASTRA manufacturers.
CBME — Children Baby Maternity Expo
July 25-27, 2018
Reach the Chinese juvenile market by exhibiting at the CBME China’s International Pavilion this summer. The three-day expo is being held at the National Center for Exhibition and Convention. This conference highlights products like healthcare items, food, strollers, toys, clothing, accessories and services. At last year’s CBME, 88,316 trade visitors and 2,662 exhibitors attended and 2,952 brands were featured at the world’s largest trade fair for the child, baby and maternity industry. In addition, 169 brands showcased their latest products and services in the International Pavilion, including companies from Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the United States, Spain, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Korea and more.
August 5-7, 2018
New York City, N.Y.
UBM Fashion, the leading producer of world-renowned fashion trade shows, is hosting the Children’s Club show this summer at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The international exhibition mainly focuses on clothing — offering every category of children’s clothing from newborn to age 12, layette items, fashion accessories and footwear — but also shows toys and gifts. Exhibiting brands reflect an eclectic base of established collections and new designers bursting onto the scene. The Children’s Club offers an excellent opportunity for juvenile exhibitors to be seen by the media, industry and better children’s specialty retailers and boutiques.
August 12-15, 2018
New York City, N.Y.
The growth of sophisticated, welldesigned and trendy looks for nurseries and children’s rooms is undeniable. The bi-annual NY NOW home and lifestyle trade show, produced by Emerald Expositions, for specialty retailers has taken note, featuring well-designed products in its Baby + Child Collection in the LIFESTYLE Collection at the Javits Center. Retailers who are looking to develop or enhance their stake in the juvenile market can browse about 100 resources for innovative, modern, design-driven and functional items for babies, toddlers, kids, mamas-to-be and their families. They will find a comprehensive collection of educational toys, developmental toys, modern apparel and accessories, nursery decor, mealtime solutions and bath accessories, to name a few — including exhibits by Little Giraffe, eco-kids and Pehr.