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Monterey Bay Aquarium Channels Its Way to Kids at Packard Children's
Date:3/3/2009

Penguins, fish, sharks and more now on hospital's PackardVisionsystem

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Bedtime Bingo. The Forever Young Zone. Special movie nights. Just a few of the reasons Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is known for its extraordinarily kid-friendly environment. Now, with the launch of a "live" video channel devoted to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, the hospital is offering kids and their families a Northern California first.

Through the popular PackardVision TV system, inpatients and families are now tuning to hospital Channel 44 for a fascinating and revealing look at Monterey Bay ocean life, as presented by the Aquarium through its penguin cam, kelp cam, and Aquarium guides and divers. "This is really exciting," said Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Packard Children's. "Not only are kids and families exploring the mysteries of the ocean, many are experiencing sights and sounds they haven't been able to experience before."

The Aquarium and Packard Children's are offering both "live" and taped video 24x7. The highlights of each day's broadcasts are usually around feeding time. That's when kids can watch Aquarium staff feed the penguins on the "penguin cam." Or, see and hear divers feed the fish, sharks and other sea creatures through the Living Kelp Forest Exhibit's "kelp cam." Kids at the hospital can also listen to Aquarium educators discuss these lush and fascinating habitats.

"Our family has enjoyed an enduring and special relationship with both the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, so this is a natural collaboration," Aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard said. "I'm so pleased that the Aquarium can provide these windows to the ocean for children at the hospital. If it makes their stay a little easier and a little more fun, it's all worth it."

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