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Upstate sponsors LEON Festival June 25

Upstate sponsors LEON Festival June 25

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- National singing sensation Kidz Bop will headline the second annual LEON Festival--NOEL spelled backwards - presented by Upstate Medical University Thursday, June 25 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. The LEON festival celebrates the half way mark to the winter holiday season and the start of summer with a variety of fun and educational activities for the family. Admission to the event is free.

“We at Upstate are taking this opportunity to educate families about summer injury prevention,” said Tamer Ahmed, M.D., medical director of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Trauma Program. “In the summer, parents and children are more active, which increases the risk of injuries. We want to ensure that everyone is safe and well prepared for the coming months, as well as highlight the outstanding child-focused groups at Upstate and in our community.”

Upstate will distribute 1,000 free children’s helmets that will be fitted by the Upstate’s Pediatric Trauma team, and provide summer tips to parents on ways to keep their children safe. Other health information on topics ranging from proper sleep hygiene to the warning signs of diabetes will be available. Upstate will also oversee a special “hometown hero” section where medical helicopters, fire trucks, police cars and more will be on display.

Other highlights include: a balloon walk, where children can explore the inside of an inflated hot air balloon, bounce houses, human foosball, a dunk tank, face painting, photo booths, magicians and more.

The event will conclude with the dropping of an Orange ball signifying the halfway point to Dec. 25, followed by fireworks. Various displays from Lights on the Lake will be set up and Lights on the Lake holiday characters will interact with children at the festival.