Subject: Tomorrow: Clifford The Big Red Dog Visits Hurley Medical Center

September 27, 2017

CONTACT: Caitie O’Neill
Marketing Manager

Clifford The Big Red Dog Visits Pediatric Patients at Hurley Medical Center

Flint, MI – September 27, 2017 – Sloan Museum's new friend Clifford The Big Red Dog© will visits pediatric patients at Hurley Medical Center on Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 am. Children will be able to meet Clifford and have their picture taken with the beloved children's book character. Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog is open through December 30 at Sloan Museum. The exhibit is sponsored locally by Hurley Children’s Hospital. Visit for more details.

WHAT: Clifford The Big Red Dog© visits pediatric patients at Hurley Medical Center
WHEN: Thursday, September 28, at 10:00 am
WHERE: Hurley Medical Center, 1 Hurley Plaza, Flint, MI 48503 

A colossal nine-foot-tall Clifford with a tail to slide down welcomes visitors to his home on Birdwell Island, re-created in an immersive new exhibit at Sloan Museum. Inspired by Scholastic Entertainment’s TV show Clifford The Big Red Dog© on PBS KIDS©, the exhibit offers numerous “paws-on” adventures that reinforce “Clifford’s Big Ideas”—ten simple life lessons designed to help young children navigate their world: Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe in Yourself, Be a Good Friend and Help Others.

Visitors can work together to fill Clifford’s big dog bowl, and gain self-confidence on stage with Clifford and his pals. Explore T-Bone’s beach, find buried treasure, and build a sandcastle. Start a dance party and play instruments in the Musical Marina. Crawl through the tunnel in Cleo’s Backyard and try shape-sorting and matching activities. While the kids are busy laughing and learning with Clifford, parents will enjoy browsing the Norman Bridwell Art Retrospective and seeing 51 years (that’s 357 dog-years!) of artwork and stories.

Welcome to Clifford’s World
Clifford was the runt of the litter when Emily Elizabeth adopted him, and he soon out-grew all the other dogs because of her limitless love. So, the family moved from the city to Birdwell Island, where they made new friends, including Cleo, T-Bone and Mac. Clifford’s neighborhood on Birdwell Island comes to life inside Sloan Museum!

Birdwell Island Ferry: Visitors climb aboard the ferry and listen to seagulls as they approach Birdwell Island. Children and adults can join Victor and Pedro in the pilot house and try their hand at “steering” the ferry, navigating their way to Birdwell Island with the help of a three-dimensional interactive map of the island.

Samuel’s Fish and Chips Shack: Children and adults can enter Samuel’s Shack and role-play restaurant employees working together to restock the shelves, cook, clean, and serve. Kids can grab an order pad, take their families’ and friends’ orders and total their bills at the cash register.

Clifford’s Doghouse: A nine-foot Clifford greets visitors in his backyard outside his doghouse. Children can take a seat next to Emily Elizabeth on the giant paws of her big red best friend and slide down Clifford’s tail. Kids can “Be Responsible” by helping fill Clifford’s giant dog bowl with bones using a bone-shaped conveyor belt. Inside Clifford’s doghouse, visitors can create pictures, invitations, letters, and more using paper, crayons, pencils and other supplies. They can display their masterpieces in the doghouse, mail them to an Island resident, or take them home.

Cleo’s Backyard: The youngest visitors will love Cleo’s Backyard, designed especially for tots with a soft floor and pretend stone wall enclosure. Clifford’s friend Cleo encourages toddlers to crawl through a tunnel, or play a shape-sorting activity at her doghouse. Crawlers and toddlers can enjoy activities built into the wall as they open the doors to T-Bone’s doghouse and are greeted by their reflection in a mirror; turn a crank to make Clifford go in and out of his doghouse; and spin two tumblers to match Birdwell Island characters to their homes.

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with Scholastic Entertainment, Inc. ©2017 Scholastic and logos are trademarks of Scholastic Entertainment, Inc. CLIFFORD, EMILY ELIZABETH, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG and logos are trademarks of Norman Bridwell. All rights reserved.

About Hurley Children’s Hospital
Hurley Children’s Hospital provides outstanding patient and family centered care for our region’s youngest patients, including Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatric Oncology, a nationally recognized Asthma program, Genesee County’s highest level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Level III) and a separate dedicated Pediatric Emergency Room, along with a multitude of pediatric sub-specialties. Hurley Children’s Hospital maintains academic affiliations with Michigan State University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan-Flint, Mott Community College, Henry Ford Health System, and Children’s Hospital of Michigan DMC, and cares for more than 20,000 pediatric patients annually.

About Sloan Museum
Sloan Museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint, Michigan, 48503. Hours are Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, and Sunday, 12–5 pm. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and older, $6 for youth ages 2-11, and free for children 1 and younger. For more information about the museum and programs, call 810-237-3450 or visit Sloan Museum is a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and is supported in part by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ruth Mott Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Sloan Museum
1221 E. Kearsley St
Flint, MI 48503
1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503, United States
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