Submitted by Hands On Children’s Museum
The Hands On Children’s Museum will feature National Children’s Dental Health Month and promote the importance of good oral health throughout the month of February. Children can get free dental screenings, explore an interactive dental office exhibit, and enjoy special guests and activities all month.
The Hands On Children’s Museum is partnering with the Willamette Dental Group as the presenting sponsor for Dental Health Month.
“Helping the Hands On Children’s Museum in educating families about the importance of oral health at an early age is a good way to get involved and build goodwill,” explains Kim Ziebell, Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Willamette Dental Group. “We believe that when we support the communities that we serve, better oral health is a result.”
Special guests and activities are featured all month and are free with admission. Kids can meet and get their photo taken with costumed superheroes–Amazon of Olympia and Batman in Seattle on February 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. In the MakeSpace, visitors can build toothbrush ‘bots, February 7-9, make a silkscreen smile print, February 14-17, and sew a monster mouth or tooth fairy pillow, February 21-23. Kids can explore the history of powerful pachyderms and see replicas of elephant, mammoth, and mastodon teeth February 14-16. For a full schedule of screenings and activities, visit the Hands On Children’s Museum website.
Free dental screenings are another highlight of this month-long celebration giving many children who have never visited a dentist the chance to visit a dentist and learn about dental wellness. Screenings are completely free thanks to Screening Sponsor Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry and over a dozen local dentists who donate their time. Screenings will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. each Saturday in February and during First Friday Night, February 7, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Families who bring their children in for screenings receive free admission to the entire Museum. This is the 19th year that Hands On has offered free dental screenings to its visitors.
The Museum’s Dental Health Month kicks-off with the opening of the interactive Puget Sound Dental Office exhibit on Feb 1, sponsored by Dr. Bo M. Davidson of Hawks Prairie Pediatric Dentistry. The Museum transforms an exhibit space into a Dental Office complete with a dental chair, lab coats, x-rays, and examination tools, where more than 70,000 visitors can explore the dental office and young visitors can become the dentist for the day.