WVU Children’s Hospital Kids Fair is April 9

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – What do Clifford The Big Red Dog, the WVU Molarnator, Troo the Traumaroo, Woodsy Owl and the Good Neighbor Bear have in common? They’ll be at WVU Children’s Hospital’s seventh annual Kids Fair on Saturday, April 9, at the Morgantown Mall. They’re expecting thousands of Morgantown-area kids to join them for a day of fun and healthy activities.

The fair, which will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., will feature a walk with Funshine Bear, free health screenings, puppet shows, appearances, and 45 interactive health and safety exhibitors. There will even be a WVAQ lip sync contest for those future entertainers in the crowd.

To kick off the event, kids (and parents) are invited to participate in a half-mile walk starting at Hyundai of Morgantown (near K-Mart) and ending at the mall’s Food Court. Funshine Bear – a favorite Care Bear – will lead the walk. Registration will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Hyundai, and the walk will get under way at 9:30 a.m. The first 100 kids who register will receive a free pedometer and sunglasses. All kids who complete the walk will receive a certificate of achievement.

A variety of free health screenings for children will be featured at the Kids Fair. The WVU Eye Institute will provide vision screenings for kids ages 3-5. The screenings will help identify common childhood eye problems, such as “lazy eye,” nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The WVU Department of Family Medicine will screen kids for color blindness from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. And WVU Hospitals’ Department of Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Services will provide pulmonary screenings all day.

There also will be athletic assessments provided by HealthWorks Rehab & Fitness; blood pressure screenings, WVU School of Nursing; developmental screenings, WV Birth to Three; and height and weight measurements, WVU School of Medicine Pediatric and Adolescent Interest Group.

Kids can learn about the importance of a healthy smile by attending a puppet show – “Toby and Tonya: A Toothbrush Tale” – presented by the WVU Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association. The show will be performed every hour starting at 10 a.m. Throughout the day, the WVU School of Pharmacy’s Academy of Students of Pharmacy will present a puppet show at their booth focused on poison prevention.

 In addition to numerous fuzzy characters running around the mall, kids can meet WVU Mountaineer Derek Fincham from 10 a.m.-noon and the Star Wars characters from 1:30-2 p.m. The therapy dogs will be around all day.

Fair exhibitors will provide a variety of activities. Some of the highlights include a kiddie carnival, bounce house, face painting, 9-1-1 simulator, Heimlich maneuver demonstrations, prize wheels, healthy snacks, Hop-A-Roo races, arts and crafts, ambulance tours and the Seat Belt Convincer.

At the Child Identification Center, the Morgantown Police Department will videotape children. State Farm Insurance will provide parents with child identification cards.

WVAQ will broadcast live from the event. Kids can meet DJs Eric McGuire, Meghan Durst, Brian Mo and Lacy Neff. At 5 p.m., the radio station will host a lip sync contest. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite artist’s CD and to be prepared to perform. There will be two age categories: 4-10 and 11-16. 

For more details on the WVU Children’s Hospital Kids Fair, go to http://health.wvu.edu/news/kidsfair/kids.htm.


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For more information:
Stephanie Bock, WVU Hospitals, (304) 598-6335

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