WVU Children’s Hospital 10th annual Kids Fair Saturday

Event to feature a 'green' theme

 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - What do the Clifford the Big Red Dog, Troo the Traumaroo, the Tooth Fairy and therapy dogs have in common?

They’ll be at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital’s tenth annual Kids Fair, Saturday, April 12, at the Morgantown Mall.

The fair, sponsored by Hyundai of Morgantown, will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free health screenings, puppet shows, activities, appearances, entertainment and more will round out the fair activities. Forty-one exhibitors will promote health, wellness, safety, and tips for caring for the environment.  The fair’s theme is: "Go Green: Healthy You, Healthy Planet."

At the event, The Dominion Post will educate the public about “Project Green” and collect newspapers to recycle. The school classroom that brings in the most newspapers will receive a pizza party and a visit from the Dominion Post’s Mr. Newspaper.

Several other exhibitors will focus their message on recycling: Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, WV Recycling Ambassadors and the WVU Community Medicine Student Association.

WVU Hospitals’ Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center is encouraging kids to bring in a used bike helmet that is still in good condition. The first 200 kids to do this receive a free helmet. The used helmets will be inspected for safety and given to local kids in need.

Another activity that goes along with the “green” theme is the Eco-Olympics. Kids can participate in an obstacle course while learning about the environment. WVU Hospitals’ Rehabilitation Services Department is organizing this event.

The U.S. Forest Service will focus on trees and insects.  The West Virginia Division of Forestry will present fire prevention information. Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear will make appearances throughout the day.

An important part of the annual Kids Fair is teaching kids and parents about being healthy. WVU Children’s Hospital will host a wellness clinic again this year. Kids can participate in blood glucose testing and learn about hand-washing hygiene. Other free health screenings at the fair include blood pressure, color blindness, developmental, flexibility and vision.

Kids can learn about the role of a pharmacist, poison prevention and immunizations by attending a puppet show presented by the WVU School of Pharmacy. Six shows will be performed – one every hour starting at 11:30 a.m.

Fair exhibitors will provide a variety of activities. Some of the highlights include a bounce house, kiddie carnival, arts and crafts, prize wheel, ambulance tours, hoop shoot, food pyramid hopscotch and “Dance, Dance Revolution. Kids can even listen to their heart.

Parents can register their children for a BOPARC summer camp, check out the CPR demonstrations and pick up a fingerprint kit. They can stop by Morgantown Hyundai from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a child safety seat inspection conducted by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department.

WVAQ will broadcast live from the Kids Fair. Other entertainment includes performances by the Mylan Park Elementary choir; Josh Knotts, illusionist/magician; Casey’s ATA Black Belt Academy; and the Morgantown Theatre Company. There will even be a Waldenbooks’ story hour.

For the second consecutive year, a kids’ fashion show is planned. At 4 p.m., at the Food Court, local children will model the latest spring fashions from Belk and The Gap. RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals is helping to organize the show.

Finally, a fair favorite is back. It’s the WVU Children’s Hospital Diaper Derby presented by Belk. The event, a crawling race for babies no older than 12 months, will begin at 2:30 p.m. To register your child, call (304) 598-4346, ext. 1.

For more information on the Kids Fair, visit www.wvuhealth.com.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
sb: 03-31-08

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