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Children's Business Fair

Fredericksburg Parent and Family is proud to host the Fredericksburg Parent Children's Business Fair in conjunction with Spotsylvania Towne Centre. We welcome the chance for local children to learn about entrepreneurship in a practical and fun way.

We encourage you to join us at the Fair and watch children launch their very own startup businesses! 

Here's how it'll work the day of the Fair: kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace. Fredericksburg Parent and Family will also award up to $200.00 in prize money as well as a chance for a lucky child entrepreneur to be on the cover of our magazine!

Where: Spotsy Towne Center

Register now HERE.  Registration closes after Saturday, October 19, 2019!

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STEAM into Summer!

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Our Summer Camp Fair is BACK April 6th!! There will be so much fun for the kids!  

Mobile STEAM Museum with 12 hands on stations; Robotics activities;  Demos of dance gymnastics, and martial arts; Lots of local summer camp sign ups and info!

Vendors include:

Fredericksburg Fieldhouse
Youth Dance Society
Little Fish Swimming
Kids First Swim School - Fredericksburg, VA
Paragon Gymnastics


Where: Spotsylvania Towne Centre

Pre-register for our summer camp fair featuring science, robots, and more robots! Your registration adds your name into a drawing for a chance to win a week at summer camp for your child at Paragon Gym for Kids! You can register for a SECOND chance to win on the day of the camp fair.

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Back To School Expo - 2019 // Wizarding Universe!

Magic awaits at this year's
Back To School Expo!


Fredericksburg Parent's Wizarding Universe

 Join us at the Expo and enter to win a year's membership to the Children's Museum Fredericksburg!

Saturday, August 3
12:00pm - 4:00pm
at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre

    • Tax-free shopping

    • Sports and art demonstrations

    • Entertainment

    • Come in your wizarding robes, and bring your wand!

    • Join in the fun of the costume parade and contest!

    • Make a wand

    • Let the magic happen as you dance your heart out at the Yule Ball

    • Signup for your Sports/Quidditch team physical

    • Quidditch game

    • Use your “Up to No Good” Map to find prizes

    • Sign up for music lessons, rent your band instrument

    • Don’t want to go to FredWarts? Look at other local school options,

We solemnly swear you'll have a good time!


Don't forget... It's tax-free weekend!


Thank you to all of our sponsors who support Fredericksburg Parent and the community!


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On the day of the event, you can submit your name to win a family membership to the Children's Museum Fredericksburg! 

Here's what's included: 

  • Unlimited admission to all museum locations including all special events (except ticketed events) for 2 named legal guardians and up to 6 children (under 18) living in the same household.
  • Special pricing on birthday parties
  • Members can bring guests for $1.00 off
  • Latest museum and event updates with monthly electronic Infoflash
  • 10% discount in our gift shop!


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FredParent's Summer Camp Fair and Cover Kids Contest


March 17, 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Spotsylvania Towne Centre

  • Demonstrations of dance, gymnastics and martial arts

  • Summer camp sign ups

  • Leprechaun Trap Contest & Shamrock Scavenger Hunt (download the leprechaun trap flyer and instructions)

  • Many regional camps present to provide information about summer camp opportunities.

  • Cover Kids Contest photos taken in the Center Court by Unforgettable Moments Photography.

Demonstration Stage Schedule

12:30 - American Family Fitness

1:30 - Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center

2:00 - Youth Dance Society

2:30 - Fredericksburg Academy

3:00 - Fredericksburg Field House


Sponsors include:



Have your child's photo taken by Unforgettable Moments Photography and enter them for a chance to be on our cover in 2018! You'll get a digital download of your child's photo on a mock FredParent cover. Only $10! Register early to receive a fast pass to bring you to the front of the line during a 30 minute window. (Walk-up registrations will be accepted all afternoon at the event.)

Here's the scoop:

1 First round voting for the contest happens on our Facebook page. The top winners in each age category (ages 0-5 and 6+) will move on to round 2 voting on our website.

2 There are 5 fast passes available per 30 minute time slot. If you have more than one child, you need to buy more than one fast pass. You can come to the center court at Spotsylvania Towne Centre anytime in that 30 minute window and go to the front of the line. If someone else with a fast pass for that time slot is there before you, you will be placed behind them in line. Thanks for your cooperation!

3 You can change the quantity on your purchase once you are redirected to PayPal. If you are buying for more than one child, please type all the names and ages into the boxes before clicking Buy Now.

4 Your fast pass will be emailed to you, so please add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your address book so the email will not go to your spam folder.

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Back to School Expo Vendor Page

Frequently Asked Questions:

What time can I set up and tear down?

Answer: Vendors are welcome to set up at 8:30 am. Spotsylvania Towne Centre does not open until 10 am, however you will be able to enter the mall through the entrance door near the Guitar Center to the left of the main entrance to ensure that your vendor space is set up by the start of BTS expo at 10 am. BTS expo lasts until 4:00 pm. At the conclusion of the expo tear down begins immediately from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. All items must be removed from the mall by 5:00 p.m.

Where should I park?

Answer: Vendors should park to the left of the main entrance by the Guitar Center.

What is included with my vendor space?

Answer: Each vendor will receive one 8-foot table, two chairs, a teal table cover and the option of electricity in their vendor space. First come first serve. Presenting sponsors will have two 8-foot tables, four chairs, two teal table covers and the option of electricity. Presenting sponsors will receive special signage at their tables to indicate that they are sponsors. All vendors are invited to our orientation session and will have access to a specially designed Facebook cover photo for use on business pages to promote the event. Presenting sponsors will have their logo on various posters and marketing materials as well as on the photo backdrop on the stage where event entertainment is performing. There will also be special signs noting presenting sponsor status. Water bottles will be provided for all vendors.

Table Assignments are below. We are running a scavenger hunt that asks our visitors to get 10 stamps or signatures from the 40 available booths in exchange for a coupon for a free bowling session at Liberty Lanes and the chance to win a Chick-fil-a birthday party. Please be ready to stamp or sign the scavenger hunt cards when the visitors come by!

Are there restrictions as to what can be brought into the mall and what can be given out at a booth?

Answer: Yes, certain restrictions apply. The mall prohibits anything that directly competes with their businesses. For example, vendors should refrain from food items. Small prizes, most candy, organized crafts and activities run from your vendor space should be acceptable and are welcome. If FredParent is contacted with activity descriptions in advance, we will promote said activities through our social media. You can provide us with activity information.

How do I reserve a time on the entertainment stage?

Answer: Please contact Leigh Anne Van Doren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a time.

How do I select my vendor space?

Answer: Please contact Leigh Anne Van Doren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to review available vendor space options.

Who do I contact for more information?

Answer: Please contact Leigh Anne Van Doren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how you can be involved next year.

Who is eligible to be a Back to School expo vendor?

Answer: Businessess and non-profits alike including school boards, etc are all welcome to take part in the BTS expo. After school activities, tutoring, photographers, hair salons, and more are all perfect fits for the expo. The mall prohibits companies that directly compete with businesses and services located in the mall stores and/or food court area. Clothing, candles, books, food, etc. may NOT be sold or offered in vendor space during the Back to School expo.


Stage schedule so far:

10:00 - Princess storytime with CYT

10:30 - Performance by Stafford Ballet Academy

11:00 - Peter McCory, The One-Man Band for Kids

12:00 - Princess & Superhero pictures with CYT, Iron Knight Cosplay and Captain Cody Cosplay and Unforgettable Moments Photography

12:30 - Virtuous Dance

1:00 - Peter McCory, The One-Man Band for Kids

1:45 - CYT Demo

2:30 - Superhero & Princess pictures with CYT,  Iron Knight Cosplay and Captain Cody Cosplay and Unforgettable Moments Photography

3:00 - All about tutoring with the Manigault Institute

3:30 - Superhero pictures with Iron Knight Cosplay and Captain Cody Cosplay and Unforgettable Moments Photography


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Social Media Best Practices - Fred Parent’s Back To School Expo


Before the Expo
Engage your audience
Use video/life features when you can
Use relevant hashtags on Instagram and Twitter (especially #BackToSchool17)
Offer an exclusive incentive at your booth
Post about the expo at least 3 times a week on Facebook and Instagram
Post every day on Twitter since it’s a live feed
Engage with other businesses

During the Expo
Make sure your social media platforms are easy to see at your booth
Post from your booth
Go live from the event
Engage with other businesses
Engage with people
Post more on Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat than Facebook
If you have an email list, bring a sign-up sheet with social media platforms visible on the sheet


Table Assignments

(Table assignments are tentative. They may be changed depending on where the soap box derby cars and Auto Direct Cars/School supply drive area and dump truck will be by the stage in center court. We have honored any requests for electrical power that came in to us.) If your table numbers are not consecutive, you have been given a square 20 x 20 space. 


Tables by the Food Court/Fast Car Display
1, 2, 11,12 MWHC
3 Belvedere Plantation
10 Fredericksburg Academy
4, 9 AmFamily
5 Moore’s Balloons, 5
8 Master YJ Kim 8
6, 7 CYT
D1 Soap Box Derby

2 Autos Direct Cars by Chick-Fil-A

Tables from Auntie Anne's to American Eagle (across from Hallmark)
13 Access EYE
14 Virtuous Dance
15 Liberty Tax
16 Children’s Hospital of Richmond
D2 Paragon Gymnastics

Tables Near American Eagle to Center Stage (near Hollister)
Autos Direct/Superheros
17 Stafford Ballet
18 Intercept Youth
19 Moore’s Balloons
20 Manigault Institute

STAGE with School Supply Truck near Center Court

Tables by Main Entrance/near Center Court
29 Transitions 4 You
30, 31, 32, 33 Unforgettable Moments/Superheros
34, 35 Fred Parent Registration
21, 28 Roberson’s

Tables by Main Entrance down to Costco Area
22, 27 Premier Eye Care
23 St. Patrick’s
24, 25 Allergy Partners
26 Virginia 529 Plan
36,37 KBI/Inflatable Baseball
39 Pediatric Partners for Attention
40 Autos Direct

NSWC is bringing their own table

Tables from Exhibits will be delivered and set up on Friday morning


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Pouches' Community Corner

The Table at St. George’s

The Table at St. George’s is a market-style food pantry serving the extended local community. Visitors are invited to select their own items from a variety of fresh food, including locally grown produce. The Table’s mission is to encourage healthy eating, build relationships with those in need, and blur the lines between those serving and those being served.