Introduce Kids to Medical Experience, Fun at MSU Teddy Bear Hospital

Introduce Kids to Medical Experience, Fun at MSU Teddy Bear Hospital

Claretta Duckett-Freeman is always up for fun, free community events she can take her five children to.

The Lansing mom plans to return to the 12th annual Michigan State University Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday, Oct. 1*, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the field across from the MSU Clinical Center.

Her seven-year-old son Daro joined her at last year’s event. He brought along his favorite teddy bear and enjoyed checking out the exhibits and taking advantage of the free snacks, which he especially enjoyed recounting to his sisters later that day.

“They always brag about snacks,” Duckett-Freeman laughed.

At the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Teddy Bear Hospital, Daro was able to take his furry pal through a simulated clinic experience, complete with insurance card and a stop for x-rays. Physicians and students from MSU’s health colleges staff the hospital as a way to help children overcome any fears they might have about getting a checkup or other medical procedures done.

A healthy kid, Duckett-Freeman said her son liked the hands-on nature of the event and thought parents of kids squeamish about doctors would also enjoy the experience.

“I think it’s helpful in knowing that going to a doctor is normal,” she said.

At the picnic, kids will enjoy face painting, dancing, and balloon animals. Free bicycle helmets will be distributed while they last, with onsite fittings. The MSU women’s basketball team will be on hand to run drills with kids and the Michigan State Police will have a motorcycle on display, as well as a K-9 officer. An ambulance will be available for kids to see up close as well.

Perhaps most important to Duckett-Freeman and Daro will be the food truck nearby, and yes, complimentary healthy snacks to enjoy.

Bring your kids and their furry friends to the MSU Teddy Bear Picnic to help them overcome their fear of the doctor. For tips on making your next medical experience less traumatic read our coverage of last year’s event.  

Photo credit: Leanne McCauley

*Editor’s note: This event has been rescehduled to October 1, 2016. 


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