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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Presents Kid-a-Palooza – A Fun Festival for Kids of All Ages

Get the kids out of the house and let them burn off some energy at the 8th annual Kid-a-Palooza Family Fun Festival, presented by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

This year’s event takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Children’s Hospital will host a number of exhibits throughout the festival designed to promote health, wellness and safety for families.

The event will have more than 40 booths and activities for children of all ages. For example, at the Children’s Weight Management and Wellness Center  Team booth, kids will have the opportunity to create their own healthy “trail mix” while learning about wholesome eating habits. Trail mix ingredients will include Cheerios and Chex (both low in sugar and a good source of fiber); raisins and dried cranberries (both high in antioxidants); and almonds and peanuts (both high in unsaturated fats).

“Proper nutrition is a top priority in a child’s healthy development,” said Silva Arslanian, MD, chief of Children’s Weight Management and Wellness Center. “By learning what foods to eat now, kids are developing healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.”

A visit to Children’s Hand Wash Hygiene Display will teach kids everything they need to know about avoiding germs, while giving them the opportunity to see germs in a new way — under special glow lights that illuminate germs on the surface of the skin.

“Routine, thorough handwashing is the single most effective way to stop the spread of germs and viruses,” said Toni Darville, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s. “Our hope is that by actually being able to see the germs, kids will embrace handwashing with a newfound enthusiasm.”

The Injury Prevention booth, a Kid-a-Palooza tradition, is where kids will be properly fitted for and given a new bike helmet, courtesy of Kohl’s, while supplies last. Children’s experts also will offer safety tips, including car seat safety and Mr. Yuk giveaways.

“Preventive safety measures for kids are vital,” said Barbara Gaines, MD, director of Children’s Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program. “We want kids to have fun, but we also want them to be safe. The use of proper safety equipment when riding a bike, for example, often means the difference between a few scrapes and a trip to the emergency room.”

The headline act at Kid-a-Palooza is “A Whole Lotta Buildin’ Going On” live stage show starring Bob the Builder, with performances at 11 a.m. and at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. Other attractions include: the UPMC sports zone, medical make-believe, indoor rides, a toddler play area, princess pavilion and the creative corner.

Kid-a-Palooza ticket prices are: Adults — $9, kids ages 3 to 11 — $6, and children 2 and under are admitted free. Tickets will also be available at the Convention Center the day of the event.

Learn more about Kid-a-Palooza 2008.



Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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