Life Flight will be making a landing at the Tuscarawas County YMCA this Saturday (weather permitting) for the Y's Healthy Kids Day event. (Photo by Tuscarawas County YMCA)

Dover, Ohio - Tuscarawas County YMCA officials are inviting area families to stop by the Y this Saturday for an afternoon of games and fun activities to get kids ready for a fun and healthy summer. 

Membership, Marketing and Fitness Director Kathleen Johnson says they will be hosting their annual Healthy Kids Day festival from noon to 3 pm at the Y in Dover with a variety of activities and demonstrations planned throughout the day.

“We bring in inflatables and there are about 30 exhibitors that will be there as well, community partners that help us do this event that’ll have an activity at their table,” she says. “The Life Flight helicopter is scheduled to land so the kids can take a look at the inside of a helicopter. Dover Fire Department will be here to help them land as well as the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s [Office] doing some special things with the kids, too.” 

Johnson says the event is held every year at YMCA’s nationwide to inspire kids to be healthy and active during the summer. 

“We want to make sure that kids are reminded about the nutritional aspect of summer, making sure that they’re getting their fruits and vegetables and getting good energy,” she says. “Also that they’re taking some time to read together, so the libraries are going to be here, and then obviously get moving.”

Johnson says attendees will also have an opportunity to take a dip in the pool, which will be open during and after the event for public swimming.

“Bring your swimsuit because the pool will be open until 5:45, and so if you didn’t get a chance to swim while you were there at Healthy Kids Day from noon to 3, you’ll certainly have the opportunity, and we welcome you to stay and enjoy the pool,” she says.

The entire event is free to attend with no advanced registration required, although Johnson says they do encourage families to sign in when they arrive for a chance to win some great door prizes.

Healthy Kids Day is sponsored nationwide by the Howard Johnson by Wyndham hotel brand. Local sponsors include Dover Brake, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, Adventure Harley-Davidson, Cox Insurance and


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