Special Programs and Activities

At the Center for Children, we strive to make you and your child's experience with us as pleasant and comfortable as possible.  We know a visit to the hospital can be overwhelming so we offer a variety of special programs and activities to help reduce anxiety for both you and your child.  To learn more about any of our programs, click on any of the following links (in blue):

Family Support Series:  A series of caregiver support and educational workshops focused on a specific condition, disorder, or patient population.  Currently, we offer the following workshops:

  • Clubfoot Workshop
  • Cerebral Palsy Workshop
  • Tea Time (Inpatient Only)

Hand 'N' Paw:  An animal-assisted therapy program where a trained therapy dog is used as a tool to help a child achieve a specific goal. 

Reach Out and Read:  A literacy program aimed at promoting a love for reading within the child and househould at large. 

Art Therapy Activities:  Coordinated activities using art materials to allow a child to express him or herself creatively and promote healing

Bill the Musician:  A musician who visits patients and families to play music and bring smiles

Looney Louie:  A medical clown/magician who visits patients and families to provide distraction and bring laughter

Only Make Believe:  A non-profit organization that brings interactive theatrical performances to patients and families to encourage imagination

Hero of the Month:  A program sponsored by the Kids Wish Network which seeks to recognize children who, while not having medically life threatening illnesses, continue to endure painfully difficult medical circumstances