Babies, start your engines.
Smith Haven Mall is having its first Diaper Derby competition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Center Court. Crawlers under the age of 12 months who aren’t walking yet are eligible to compete. The fastest crawlers will win first, second and third place trophies and prizes.
The event will be hosted by Dana and Jayson from WBLI in the Morning. It’s free to enter or watch, with participants treated to refreshments, a funny photo booth, raffles and more. The first 200 people to register will receive a diaper “swag bag” of goodies.
Babies will compete in one of five heats, with six babies per heat and a heat every 15 minutes. Heats will be followed by the semi-finals and grand finale. To register, visit Simon Guest Services, Smith Haven Mall’s management office or call 631-724-8066. For event information, go to Facebook.com/SmithHavenMall and click on Events. Babies can also be registered that day, space permitting. The mall is located at Routes 347 and 25 in Lake Grove.
"We are excited to bring this light-hearted competition to Smith Haven Mall,” Ashley Jacobsen, director of marketing and business development for Smith Haven Mall, said in a news release. “The center is a destination for families so we’re pleased to offer an opportunity for parents to collectively celebrate their child’s crawling milestone in a dynamic and fun environment.”
The Diaper Derby is sponsored by Kiddie Academy, the Ivy League School Inc. in Smithtown and Happy Family Brands. The event originated at Simon Mall in Massachusetts (pictured).