Kids had fun at the third annual art party Aug. 23 at Kenny Kids, a specialized pediatric rehabilitation program in Coon Rapids offered by Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

But is was not just for children who are patients at  Kenny Kids, but also for their siblings, friends and members of the community.

At the party, the children explored a variety of Crayola art mediums from tempera paint to clay projects with staff from Abrakadoodle, an award-winning arts education company.

One of the stations set up for children was specifically for them to create a large painting that will be displayed at the Kenny Kids facility in Coon Rapids.

Pictures created at the 2010 and 2011 parties are hung at the Kenny Kids office on 124th Avenue N.W.

Not only is the art party fun for the children, it also has therapeutic benefits, according to Sara Rohde, OTR/L, manager of Kenny Kids.

“Creating art helps kids to be more confident and competent,” Rohde said.

Besides creating a work of art to be displayed at the Kenny Kids office, the purpose of the art party was to encourage children to enter original artwork for the 50th annual Sister Kenny Art Show in April 2013.

Artists can submit artwork beginning in September. The final deadline is March 1, 2013. Call 763-236-7337 for more information.

Kenny Kids offers physical, occupational and speech therapy to children in an age range from a few weeks old into their teens, according to Rohde.

The center, which employs 15 therapists plus support staff, sees anywhere from 50 to 70 kids a day at its Coon Rapids facility.

Kenny Kids is dedicated to providing personalized treatment for children who have medical conditions or syndromes that may interfere with normal development, according to Rohde.

It has been at its present location off Main Street and Highway 10 in Coon Rapids for more than five years, Rohde said.

Before that it was housed at Mercy Hospital which like the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is part of Allina Health, she said.

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