Kids can learn about their health at Teddy Bear Clinic at Imagine Nation

Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:36


BRISTOL - Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center is hosting its 15th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic March 16, and unveiling its newly renovated Wellness Studio in an event which sees numerous community partners educate children about their health.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum at 1 Pleasant St. Kids are invited to bring their teddy bear or stuffed animal and have it get a “checkup” at various stations around the museum.

Heather Grance, marketing manager at Imagine Nation, said that kids will become familiar with doctors’ instruments at these stations as well so as to make them more comfortable the next time they see a doctor.

“These stations will teach visitors about oral hygiene, physical health, wellness, nutrition, eye care, social and economic healthcare,” said Doreen Stickney, director of development and marketing at Imagine Nation.

Imagine Nation will also be opening its “re-imagined” wellness studio, which has been under renovation for the past several months, for the first time. Stickney said that while it will no longer have a dentist’s chair, it will have “other fun things to create an immersive experience. This will be the first of different events that will be taking place in the new studio throughout the year to promote health and wellness.”

“We will have an examination room and an oversized game of Operation,” said Stickney. “There will also be a lot of realistic props and costumes like doctor’s uniforms for kids to try on.”

Stickney added that the event will also include yoga classes and a stitching station where kids can get their stuffed animals repaired. Visitors from Bristol Public Library’s children’s department will be reading stories to kids.

Jodi Fitz from Price Chopper’s Kids’ Cooking Club will be doing a cooking demonstration and Imagine Nation’s Alie Fields will be doing a “Bear-y Smoothie” cooking demo at 10:30 a.m.

Bristol Hospital EMS will have an ambulance parked outside which kids will be able to go inside and learn about and Lincoln Tech and UConn will be sending LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) to volunteer at stations.

“We have a lot more activities and stations this year,” said Grance. “Kids will be getting a bingo card which will be stamped as they visit each station. Then, when they complete it, they can take it to the front desk to get a teddy bear stress ball.”

At the end of the day, kids will also get a certificate of good health for their stuffed animal.

Stickney said that there will be information which the whole family can benefit from. She thanked the event’s major sponsors, the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation and the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

“We are also grateful to all of our community partners for reaching out to us and being a part of this very important event for families and children,” said Stickney.

Library passes and Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Memberships will be accepted for this event.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:36. Updated: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 20:39.