On Monday, February 19th from 9am-4pm children and their families can 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. Be ready to learn, laugh, and find out why doctors and hospitals aren’t so scary after all! The event will include a hands-on activities and crafts. Suitable for all ages 0-10. Pre-registration for a time slot is required. Admission is by donation.
The Teddy Bear Hospital has been the Museum of Health Care’s signature event for over 10 years. Hundreds of visitors have attended each year. In fact 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.
“Our teddy bear ‘doctors and nurses’ can’t wait to welcome children and their families into the Museum for this fun event for fluffies,” says 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!”