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Child Development Labs Plan Family Fun Day

The University of Virginia’s Child Development Labs will hold a Family Fun Day on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1023 Millmont Street in Charlottesville.

The labs, part of the Department of Psychology in the University’s College of Arts & Sciences, study how children between birth and 13 years of age learn about the world and the people in it.

The Family Fun Day is a way of thanking the families who have participated in the lab’s work, said Vikram Jaswal, an associate professor of psychology and director of the Child Language & Learning Lab.

“Our work would not be possible without the enthusiastic support of the hundreds of families in the area who participate each year,” Jaswal said. “So one reason we have this annual event is to thank those families.

“A second reason is that it allows us to connect with new families – people with young children who may not have heard about U.Va.’s Child Development Labs. We want to reach out to them, to explain what we do and why, and to offer them the chance to get involved in the research.”

Family Fun Day will feature performances by members of the Charlottesville Ballet, as well as by two U.Va. a cappella groups, the New Dominions and Hoos in Treble; and a Kindermusik class demonstration by FootNotes studio.

There will be displays and demonstrations during the day by ATA Leadership Martial Arts, Baby Boot Camp, Bricks 4 Kidz, Cat Thrasher & Fab 5 Photography, Charlottesville Ballet, and Explorations Play Studio.

Members of the Albemarle County’s Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to offer child safety fingerprinting services to families who are interested. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad will also be present to give ambulance tours and discuss safety tips.

Food will be provided by a variety of vendors, including Slice, Sticks, Hotcakes, Panera Bread, Carpe Donut, Eppie’s, Smoothie King, Ben & Jerry’s, Revolutionary Soup and Arch’s.

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