For the 13th year in a row, Delta Dental of Arizona and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix are partnering in February – National Children’s Dental Health Month – to make oral health a bit more fun. Through the partnership, the Museum will host interactive activities, shows and educational information all related to the mouth, teeth and oral health each weekend all month long.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, this year the events have moved outside, and all participants are required to wear face coverings. The oral health programs include:
· Totally Tooth-Ular Magic Show presented by The Great Flossini at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Feb. 5, 12, 20, 26 and 28. Audience members become a part of the show – from a distance this year – with highly interactive magic routines designed specifically to reinforce the importance of brushing, flossing, eating healthy foods and visiting the dentist regularly.
· From First Tooth to Loose Tooth, where pediatric dentists chat with children and their parents
. This casual program, which will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Feb. 7, 14, 20 and 26, provides an opportunity for parents to chat with pediatric dentists from across the Valley about anything from thumb-sucking to the best time to take your baby to the dentist.
· The Great Arizona Puppet Theater is also back again this year, performing oral health-themed puppet shows at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Feb. 6, 13, 19, 21 and 27. Each performance is geared toward children ages 2 to 8.
In addition, “Smile Bags” containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and fun facts about dental health, which will be available every day to all visitors of the Museum Feb. 1-28, as well as daily hands-on activities ranging from art projects to teach proper brushing techniques and flossing tactics, crafts to create tooth fairy pillows and tooth-saver necklaces, and educational opportunities to learn about tooth-saving traditions from other cultures and about the teeth of various animals.
For a full schedule of activities at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix throughout the month of February, please visit www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org/events.
About Delta Dental of Arizona
Delta Dental of Arizona is the leading dental benefits provider in Arizona, serving more than 1.2 million enrollees and more than 3,500 contracted dentists across the state. Passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families, Delta Dental of Arizona has worked for nearly 50 years to improve oral health by emphasizing preventive care and making dental coverage accessible to a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals. Since 2010, Delta Dental of Arizona, through its Foundation, gave $12 million to support oral health education and disease prevention programs for underserved and uninsured communities across the state. For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, visit www.deltadentalaz.com.
About The Children’s Museum of Phoenix
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, one of the Top 3 Children’s Museums in the Country (Early Childhood Education Zone), is located in the historic Monroe School Building at 215 N. 7th Street in downtown Phoenix. The Museum offers 3 full floors of hands-on, fun and educational activities for children ages birth to 10. The mission of the Museum is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $14.95 per person, Members and children under the age of 1 are free. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, please visit www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.