(CBS) — If you’ve got a question about your child’s health, you have an alternative this weekend instead of heading to the doctor’s office, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics is hosting a Healthy Children Convention and Expo. Dr. Jennifer Shu says it is geared toward parents, caregivers and kids.

“We say that there was a need to have both education and entertainment in the same place so that people could get good child-related topics but also have some fun while they are at it,” said Dr. Shu.

Speakers will cover everything from the proper way to install a car seat to understanding autism. Among them is person chef Alia Dalal, who works to educate kids about healthy eating through the non-profit Purple Asparagus.
“If you get your kids involved in meal-planning and actually cooking, they will be way more likely to try it,” said Dalal.

The expo is this weekend at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Entry for kids is free. For parents, it’s $8 in advance or $10 at the door, or as organizers like to say, less than the cost of a co-pay.

On site childcare is available, but you must pre-register.