A “Beary” Fun Day at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo: Teddy Bear Fest Returns on Saturday, July 15
Teddy Bear Clinic Will Provide Check Ups for Plush Pals; Sponsored by Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – July 6, 2023 – Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear friend or any special plush pal to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This “beary” fun day will feature children’s activities and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. Plus, bring your teddy bear to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” at the Peacock Pavilion and get a free health checkup for your favorite stuffed animal.
The Teddy Bear Clinic is sponsored by Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. In addition to the Teddy Bear Check Up Clinic staffed by pediatric providers, the special day for children will include a coloring table, cornhole games and hula hoops, and musical entertainment. Each child will receive a free Teddy Bear Hot/Cold Boo Boo Buddy while supplies last.
“The Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital staff knows that children need medical care, but they also need opportunities for fun and learning,” said Magna Dias, M.D., Chair of Pediatrics at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital’s Bridgeport Campus.
“Helping children connect to nature is a very important part of what we do at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, and the Teddy Bear Fest is one of our most popular
events each year,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “We’re grateful to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital for joining in the fun this year as we celebrate Be Bear
Aware, and sponsoring this important day for children, their teddy bears and their families.”
About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Get your ticket to adventure! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 101st year, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tiger and leopards, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Andean Bear Habitat, Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, the non-profit Zoo is committed to the preservation of endangered animals and wild habitats. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org.
About Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) offers Connecticut’s largest and most comprehensive array of pediatric services. With 208 licensed beds, YNHCH includes two neonatal intensive care units, a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, a pediatric psychiatry unit, an adolescent psychiatry unit, 24-hour Level 1 Pediatric Emergency Trauma Center and a pediatric surgery center. YNHCH, with campuses in New Haven and Bridgeport, is part of the nationally recognized Yale New Haven Hospital, a 1,541-bed not-for-profit teaching hospital affiliated with Yale School of Medicine. The Yale New Haven Hospital campuses and associated ambulatory sites are Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition to its inpatient units, YNHCH has three Pediatric Specialty Centers in New Haven and others in Greenwich, New London, Norwalk, Old Saybrook and Trumbull to provide specialty care to children closer to their communities. www.ynhch.org
John Cappiello, Bridgeport Hospital /Yale New Haven Health
Lisa Clair, Beardsley Zoo
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo appreciates the support it receives from local, regional and national media outlets. Media representatives are invited to tour