Walk with Rudy at Kids Summer Fest

LIHUE — Rudy, Chief Canine Officer at Wilcox Medical Center, will be on hand Saturday at the 10th annual Kids Summer Fest at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

“Last year, we had Tucker. But we lost Tucker, and Winnie is not ready to travel,” said Faith Campbell, Wilcox Medical spokeswoman.

A stroll with the therapy dog around the Kauai Marriott gardens is just one of the 25 health and wellness activities at the free event to promote safe and healthy summer fun for keiki and families.

“Kids Summer Fest was created to increase awareness about making healthy life choices and preventing keiki injury during summer play time through fun and interactive activities for the entire family,” said Jen Chahanovich, president and CEO of both Wilcox Medical Center and Kauai Medical Clinic.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. Registration forms are available online at WilcoxHealth.org/KidsSummerFest.

The Summer Fest takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with interactive health and wellness activities, free sports physicals for children ages 5 through 18, games and snacks.

As the young people, 4 through 18 years old, work through the activities, those who visit and receive a stamp for their visit, are able to return the completed card and become eligible to win one of more than 30 bicycles, helmets, and other prizes.

Activities include the Blend It Smoothie Stations, which has proven to be popular as young people get on a stationary bike and pedal to blend their own smoothie batches.

Germ Busters are superheroes showing keiki the skills and knowledge needed to kill germs and prevent illnesses, and Rethink Your Drink involves young people playing a ring toss game to learn about healthy drink choices.

Monster Bowling promotes motor skills, balance, and hand-eye coordination by knocking down six monster bowling pins with a beastly bowling ball. The Obstacle Course Challenge tests skills through a series of agility obstacles.

The Teddy Bear Clinic returns for young people to take their teddy bear on a journey through a hospital experience, including admission to the Emergency Department through discharge from the hospital.

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