Carnival Fun and Games at Mercy Children’s Hospital

August 1, 2012

Lydia Walker, 3, enjoys the carnival and cotton candy.

Ian Hemmann, 4, goes "fishing" during the carnival.

Fun and games was the order of the day at Mercy Children’s Hospital. Hundreds of people including current and past patients, their families and children of co-workersat Mercy Children’s Hospital participated in a fun, free carnival featuring traditional games, prizes, popcorn and cotton candy machines, face painting and more.

The carnival was the mid-week celebration during “Benefit for the Kids” Week honoring the patients, families and caregivers who will benefit from the annual Mercy Children’s Hospital golf tournament and dinner auction. Proceeds from the week’s events will benefit programs at Mercy Children’s Hospital.               

Kids enjoyed games such as ring toss, a duck pond, water ball, basketball just to name a few with each booth hosted by various Mercy Children’s departments. Activities were also provided by the Magic House and Home Depot. Creve Coeur Police and Fire departments were also on hand with safety information and tours of a police car and fire truck. There were also appearances by Fredbird, the SLU Billiken and Circus Flora’s Claire the Clown.

The event was planned and organized by teen volunteers who are part of Mercy’s Teens Learning in the Community(TLC) program.   

With a legacy of faith-based care more than 150 years strong, Mercy Children’s includes pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo. Kids are cared for by more than 700 primary care providers, including pediatricians and family doctors, and more than 125 pediatric specialists.  Mercy Children’s also supports healthy childhoods through educational outreach programs across four states. For more about Mercy Children’s, visit

Mercy Children’s is part of Mercy - the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit

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