News Release

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Contact: Joy Vann (757) 668-8566 joy.vann@chkd.org

Free Child Fair to be held Aug. 17-18

Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton Roads - Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Healthy Families Partnership will present Child Fair 2008 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 and Monday, Aug. 18, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The purpose of this free event is to provide a fun, family environment that will help get children ready for school.

Child Fair is an opportunity for families to enjoy hours of fun together. Things to see and do include touring a fire truck and CHKD’s transport unit; meeting costumed characters; a fitness trail that includes Dance Dance Revolution, bowling, trike races and a rock wall. And, it’s all in the comfort of air conditioning.

Families can also take advantage of free health screenings including speech, language, hearing and vision for children ages 3 to 5. There will be behavioral and emotional development assessments for children and adults and dental checks for all children under 14. Information and community resources will be provided by vendors and exhibitors that cater to children and families.

Every child who attends Child Fair will receive a new, age appropriate book. The book mobile will also be on site for the children to visit. A story time area will be set up for the families to stop, rest and listen to stories read aloud.

For more information visit www.childfair.org or call the CHKD Health Line at (757) 668-7500.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,200 inpatient admissions and 195,000 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region. The organization also includes a child care center, health education initiatives and a multitude of avenues through which our very generous community provides philanthropic support, including numerous Thrift Store locations.