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"Mommy & Me" Lounge at Stanislaus County Fair

Emanuel’s “Mommy & Me Lounge” Creates a Cool Oasis for Fairgoers with Infants

Turlock, CA— Moms with babies visiting the fair will have a cool retreat of their very own, thanks to a partnership between Emanuel Medical Center and the Stanislaus County Fair.

The Mommy & Me Lounge, which used to be located in an outdoor tent, moves indoors this year in the cafeteria building at the fairgrounds that for many years housed the photography exhibits.

“The Mommy & Me Lounge is going to give mothers and babies a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the fair,” said John Sigsbury, president and CEO of Emanuel Medical Center. “Inside there are three private nursing areas with recliners, two diaper changing stations, and a big play area for tots to enjoy while mom or dad is tending to the baby.”

Staff and volunteers from Jessica’s House and Monkey Business – two Emanuel-supported programs for children – will help kids with craft projects at the lounge. There will also be toys, a TV, a child-sized picnic table and high chairs available.

“The lounge will even be stocked with diapers and wipes, in case anyone visiting the fair runs out,” Sigsbury said. “The fair is such a part of the history and fabric of the community, we want to be sure young families don’t miss out because they’re concerned about bringing infants.”

The fair runs July 11 to 20 and is open from 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, and noon to midnight on the weekends. The Mommy & Me Lounge will be open until 9 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $12 for adults, $5 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 7 to 12, with anyone six and under getting in free.

Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s health services and surgical services.

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