Children’s Day transforms campus mall into interactive experience
Day Springs Adventist preschooler Lauran Ashlock gives exercise a shot at the exercise promotion booth.
In an effort to bolster hope, expression, and trust in kids when they visit the hospital, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital celebrated its 22nd Annual Children’s Day on May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This free event, recommended for kids ages 3 to 12, combined an interactive and educational approach to make children more comfortable with the hospital environment.
Scores of children raced across the green lawn under the awnings being put up for the School of Medicine graduation to visit the features of the day that included the doll and stuffed animal clinic (a.k.a. the Teddy Bear Clinic), where children bring their own stuffed toy and act as the doctor and nurse to give a check-up and administer immunizations to their play patients.
Besides interacting with the staff and volunteers, kids learned about what goes on in the hospital and how they can stay out of the hospital. They found out about germs, taking care of their hearts and lungs, eating the right foods, what it is like to be in the hospital, and what kinds of questions doctors will ask. The child life department also had information available about the services they offer at the Children’s Hospital.
The Children’s Hospital appreciates all of the volunteers who participated; without their help there could be no Children’s Day event.
Special thanks go to the campus engineering department and the child life staff, as well as to Farmer Boys Fastaurants, who has sponsored the event for the past two years.
By Preston Clarke Smith
Preschooler Michelle Huang, 5, watches the warning signs a rattlesnake gives at the reptile education booth set up by Sean Bush, MD, LLUMC emergency physician.
Luciano Veltran listens intently as the volunteer nurse tells the 9-year-old student from Bradley Elementary his patient’s temperature.
At his first visit to a Children’s Day event, Jo Trotechaud, a five-year-old from Calimesa, has fun with bubbles at the Human Resource booth.
Isabelle Deborn, a 6-year-old from Midland Elementary in Moreno Valley, enjoys trying to find her patient’s pulse at the Teddy Bear Clinic.