MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Kids of all ages can get “Wild About Health” at the annual West Virginia University Children’s Hospital Kids Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the Morgantown Mall.
The Kids Fair, which was voted the area’s “Friendliest Family Event” in a contest sponsored by the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, will feature 51 exhibitors promoting health, wellness, safety, and caring for the environment.
Visitors to the Kids Fair can begin their journey at the Welcome Booth, where they will receive a drawstring backpack and can participate in a prize raffle.
The WVU Children’s Hospital Wellness Clinic and Child Life Program booth will feature glucose testing, hand-washing education, and information on the Kohl’s Healthy Babies Program. Other free health assessments include: blood pressure; cognitive; developmental (for kids from birth to age 3); flexibility and strength; gait; height, weight, and body mass index; lung function; motor skills development; pulse oximetry; sensory perception; and vision (for kids age 3 to 5).
Several special guests will make appearances at the Kids Fair. They include Alex the Lion, Big Red Dog, Hearts of Gold Service Dogs, Monti the Mountaineer Bear, the WVU Mountaineer Mascot, Mountaineer Kennel Club Therapy Dogs, Ronald McDonald, Smokey the Bear, and Woodsy the Owl.
Kids are encouraged to attend the fair dressed up as their favorite animals for the “Wild About Health” Costume Showcase. Parents are asked to sign their children up by 1:30 p.m. in the food court, and the show will begin at 2 p.m.
Four other shows will take place in the food court area during the fair. Mr. Twister’s Magic Show will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a presentation by the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center at 11 a.m. Casey’s ATA Black Belt Academy will take the stage at noon, and Bobby Nicholas with the Four Townsmen will perform at 1 p.m.
Other not-to-be-missed features of the Kids Fair include: health-themed puppet shows presented by the WVU School of Pharmacy Academy of Student Pharmacists; child safety seat inspections by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department; kiddie carnival including games, prizes, and face painting; and WVU Healthcare Human Resources staff will be on hand to discuss career opportunities.
A special Kids Fair insert will be included in The Dominion Post on Thursday, April 16.
For more information on WVU Children’s Hospital, visit www.wvukids.com.