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University of Texas Medical Branch
Healthy Fun Tent
News Release
Monday, March 30, 2009

‘Healthy Fun Tent’ at annual Grand Kids Festival

GALVESTON, Texas — The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is sponsoring a “Healthy Fun Tent” at this year’s Grand Kids Festival Saturday, April 4.

This is part of the entertainment offerings scheduled at the 14th Annual Grand Kids Festival, hosted by The Grand 1894 Opera House. The one-day festival will feature more than 50 activity booths, three performance stages, a storytelling tent and demonstration arenas. The festival will take place in downtown Galveston at Postoffice and 21st streets.

Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., several UTMB divisions will provide health education information to visitors. In addition, there will be healthy activities for children, games and crafts.

Participating in the festival from UTMB are:

  • Student Caring Clowns – balloon art and stickers.
  • Stark Diabetes Center – juvenile obesity and diabetes education.
  • Regional Maternal and Child Health Programs – information on women’s health issues and prenatal care.
  • Pepper Center – free body mass screenings and functional strength screenings.
  • Early Childhood Intervention Launch – “ribbon dancers” for children and developmental materials for parents.
  • University Police – child safety information.
  • Emergency Services – first aid station.
  • Health Policy and Legislative Affairs – coloring activities and UTMB program information.
  • Division of Pediatrics – painting and craft activities and pediatric health information.
  • Access Center – clinic and hospital access information.
  • Department of Rehabilitation – health information and giveaways.
  • Vesalius Society – health screenings and activities.

There will also be special appearances by UTMB’s Dr. Dolphin, Hooty the Immunization Owl and McGruff the Crime Dog.

Presented as a celebration of families and folk arts, the festival will feature three outdoor performance stages, a storytelling tent, an artisan’s tent and a host of activity booths for children. The festival was created as an extension to The Grand’s programming for children and designed to raise an appreciation and awareness of the importance of fine arts for children.

Saturday festival admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children and free for children 4 years and younger. Half-price advance festival tickets (family four-pack for $5) are available at The Grand’s box office.

For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, visit or call The Grand’s box office at 409-765-1894 or 800-821-1894. All proceeds from this festival benefit children’s programs at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

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