Picnic Time for Teddy Bears – and Families

What’s the one toy just about every child has? The teddy bear, of course. These stuffed creatures are a staple in toy boxes and on beds everywhere – probably more than a few adults still have their childhood teddy bears.

As most people know, the teddy bear gets its name from U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt and came into popularity in the early 1900s. Read the full story on how the name came about at TeddyBearandFriends.com.

Think of all the teddy bears that have come and gone over the years: talking Teddy Ruxpin from the mid-1980s, cute little Corduroy, colorful Care Bears, customizable Build-A-Bears, Beanie Baby teddy bears, and, of course, the classic Winnie the Pooh.

This weekend we celebrate the teddy bear at our second annual Teddy Bear Picnic from 1-4 p.m. Sunday in Hampton Park. The highlights of this free family event in its second year will be a teddy bear parade and kid-friendly tunes from local band Sol Driven Train. Kids also can play in the park, and enjoy face painting, seed planting, cookie decorating, bubbles and a dunking booth. Homespun Hoops also will be on hand to give pointers on the art of hula hooping.

Pack a picnic, dress up your teddy bears and get ready for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Check out this video from last year’s picnic. Warning: you may find yourself humming “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic” song for the rest of the day. And if you forget the words, check out this website for the lyrics.

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