Riverside Discovery Center to host a Teddy Bear Clinic this weekend

Riverside Discovery Center to host a Teddy Bear Clinic this weekend
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The Riverside Discovery Center is ready for its annual Teddy Bear Clinic. The special event will be held this weekend and all stuffed animals are welcome!

The Riverside Discovery Center (RDC) is ready to welcome teddy bears, stuffed sharks, cows, elephants and all other stuffies. Children of all ages are also invited to go and have their stuffed animals checked by the professional medical staff.

“The event helps kids learn the importance of getting a checkup, but they also learn that our animals need health care too,” said Amber Schiltz, education curator at RDC to the StarHerald. As with other Teddy Bear Clinic events, the main goal is to show children what a medical check-up means, answer their questions and help them overcome fear of going to the doctor.

The toys will be checked by University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Nursing students who will assess the stuffed animals’ eyes and ears. They will even give them a band-aid or wrap their paws if they are injured. “We’ll look at their eyes, ears, nose, throat and measure how tall they are,” said Wendy Wells, UNMC community health and nursing instructor. “We’ll even give it shots if they need them.”

“Sometimes, the nurses notice they (the stuffed animals) have interesting conditions, like strep throat in a giraffe,” Wells said. “We’ve had a lot of fun in the past and are looking forward to this year.”

There will also be real animals there for the children to meet. Another activity will be an arts and crafts section for the visitors to create new things.

The Riverside Discovery Center hosts the Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular admission applies. Adults ages 13-64 are $6.50, seniors are $5.50, children ages 5-12 are $4.50, toddlers ages 2-4 are $2.25 and babies (0-1) are free.

For more information about the Teddy Bear Clinic at Riverside Discovery Center, contact RDC at 308-630-6236 or education@riversidediscoverycenter.org.