Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Kid*Vention: Discover the Human Body

A child decorating a tooth-fairy case

Hopper, the VDM mascot, giving a High 5 to a visitor

A child learning how to administer first aid on her stuffed animal

March 28, 2009 marked the 9th annual Kid*Vention, the Virginia Discovery Museum’s free hands-on educational science bonanza. This year’s theme was Discover the Human Body and the Key Recreation Center on Market Street was a perfect venue for the over 700 visitors who attended. Not only were there several activities, games and crafts but there were also door prizes given away every half hour to 7 lucky children! WVPT Virginia Public Radio, and Lite Rock Z95.1 partnered with the VDM to bring Kid*Vention to Charlottesville families.
Children could test their strength at the Pantops Physical Therapy table and learn exercises to stay in shape, or they could decorate their own dental goodies like a tooth-fairy tooth chest at the Children’s Density of Charlottesville table. The Western Albemarle Rescue Squad was definitely a highlight with their “Hands on Organs” activity where children put on gloves and actually touched and held pig organs!
We want to thank our sponsors; the event would not have been a success without your support! We also would like to thank the 11 organizations (listed below) who participated and exhibited in this year’s event. Together these organizations provided 70 volunteers and over 300 hours. Thank you very much!
Kid*Vention is an annual event that happens in the spring so be sure to look out for the date, theme and location of Kid*Vention 2010!
2009 Exhibitors
Alpha Phi Omega of Charlottesville
American Red Cross
Blue Ridge Poison Control
Children's Dentistry of Charlottesville
National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias
Pantops Physical Therapy
The Little Gym
UVA Children's Hospital
Virginia Chapter of the Dermatology Nurse Association
Western Albemarle Rescue Squad

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