First-of-its-kind butterfly wall brightens visits for pediatric patients at Carilion Children’s Center

The interactive wall allows kids to design their own butterflies to release into the display

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Carilion Children’s Center at Tanglewood is working to give children a more enjoyable visit to the doctor.

Instead of reading a magazine or playing with toys, the center is introducing an interactive butterfly wall. Children can design their own butterflies to release into the display. They can also interact with the butterflies by moving in front of it.

“The idea was, as with everything within the Carillion Center, is to try and make this a bright, cheerful spot,” Section Chief of General Pediatrics Christopher Pierce said.

“When children come to the doctor it’s not always a bright and cheerful moment, or it’s certainly a moment of apprehension.”

The display even changes to match the four seasons.

The interactive exhibit is the first of its kind in the region.

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Alyssa Rae grew up in Roanoke and graduated from Virginia Tech. An avid sports fan, she spent her first 8 years in TV as a sports anchor and reporter.