03/27/2006

WVU Children’s Hospital Kids Fair set for April 1

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – What do Clifford The Big Red Dog, the WVU Molarnator, the Tooth Fairy, Troo the Traumaroo and Woodsy Owl have in common?

They’ll be at WVU Children’s Hospital’s eighth annual Kids Fair on Saturday, April 1, 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.-5 p.m., will feature free health screenings and assessments, puppet shows, appearances, and 43 interactive health and safety exhibitors. There will be live entertainment featuring hundreds of area children and a WVAQ lip sync contest for those future entertainers in the crowd.

To kick off the event, kids (and parents) are invited to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Garfield’s at 9 a.m. Tickets cost $4 for children and $6 for adults, and can be purchased in the Morgantown Mall Office or by calling 983-6200.

A variety of free health screenings and assessments will be offered at the Kids Fair. Monongalia County Starting Points 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 School of Nursing will provide blood pressure screenings; WV Birth to Three, developmental screenings; and HealthWorks Rehab & Fitness, athletic performance assessments.

Kids can learn about the importance of a healthy smile by attending a puppet show presented by the WVU Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association. The show will be performed every hour starting at 10:30 a.m. Puppet shows on poison prevention and immunization will be presented by the WVU School of Pharmacy every hour starting at 10:30 a.m., as well.

In addition to numerous fuzzy characters running around the mall all day, kids can meet the Mountaineer Kennel Club’s therapy dogs.

Fair exhibitors will provide a variety of activities. Some of the highlights include a kiddie carnival, bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts, prize wheel, games, healthy snacks, ambulance tours, pedal car rides, obstacle course and diaper derby.

Three exhibitors will encourage kids to dance atop a sensor pad to on-screen visual cues and music. The goal of “Dance, Dance Revolution” is to show kids that exercise can be fun. The WVU Choosy Kids Clubs, the WVU Department of Community Medicine and the WVU School of Pharmacy will feature the dance game at their booths.

The WVU Extension Service invites kids to experience “Germ City.” The “hands-on” activity shows the effects of improper hand washing.

At the Child Identification Center, the Morgantown Police Department will videotape children from 10-11:30 a.m., 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. The Police Department also will assist United Way’s Youth United program and the WVU Center for Rural Emergency Medicine with child passenger safety checks. They’ll take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. behind the mall, near the BB&T entrance. 

WVAQ will broadcast live from the event. Kids can meet DJs Eric McGuire, Kevin Connolly, Lacy Neff, Meghan Durst and Brian Mo. At 5 p.m., the radio station will host its annual 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 information on the Kids Fair, go to www.health.wvu.edu. State Farm is serving as the sponsor of the event.

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