Teddy Bear Hospital open to all stuffed animals on Family Day

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On Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, children and their families are invited to bring their teddy bear or other special stuffed animal to the Museum of Health Care where trained “teddy doctors and nurses” will be on hand to examine and treat any bumps, lumps, and bruises.

The Family Day event will take place at the museum, located at 32 George Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include hands-on activities and crafts suitable for all children aged 10 and under, according to a release from the museum. Be ready to learn, laugh, and find out why doctors and hospitals aren’t so scary after all!

Image via Museum of Health Care.

“Our teddy bear ‘doctors and nurses’ can’t wait to welcome children and their families into the Museum for this fun event for fluffies,” said Programming and Communications Coordinator Claire Notman.

“Working alongside museum staff and volunteers, children will share in the experience of a check-up for their stuffie, and help with bandaging, ‘x-rays,’ splinting, and casting. There will be lots to do and see at this event!”

The Teddy Bear Hospital has been the Museum of Health Care’s signature event for over 10 years. According to the release, hundreds of visitors have attended each year. The museum shared that, in 2023, all attendance records were broken when 350 Kingstonians flooded the museum on Family Day. The goal of the event is to dispel any fears that children may have about visiting a health care provider, improve health literacy and promote health and wellbeing — and of course, highlight the Museum’s collection of historical medical artifacts.

Admission is by donation, and pre-registration for a time slot is required. Register here.

For more information about the Museum of Health Care, visit http://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/.

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