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About Sickkids
About SickKids

March 14, 2012

Child Life brought the vacation to SickKids during this March Break!

Around the world in an afternoon

By Alena Boczek

mason Jude building marshmellow tower
Mason Jude, 5, contemplating the best spot to stick the marshmallow-brick that will shape his interpretation of The Leaning Tower of Pisa

On March 13, patients at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) had the chance to travel the world, all without even stepping outside the Hospital. In celebration of Child Life Month and March Break, SickKids is hosting a variety of events that are fun and interactive for our SickKids VIPs – kids! While five-year-old Mason got a henna tattoo in Asia, Richard, 6, raced from coconut bowling in Hawaii, to pasta art in Europe. In one day, Richard was able to cram in a lot of fun.

“I made an igloo, went coconut bowling two times, and I made a spider out of long sticks,” but his favourite, he says, was making the igloo because he got to eat the marshmallows!

“We try to provide kids the opportunity to be distracted, and to give them a sense of normalcy,” says Caron Irwin, Entertainment & Donations Coordinator in the Child Life Department at SickKids, “It gives the kids something to look forward to.” Irwin also notes that events such as these provide patients new and different experiences, and gives them more opportunities to be up and moving outside of their hospital room.

Helping kids feel better one bear at a time

By Melanie Jonas

On March 15, SickKids patients became “doctors-in-training” as they took their favourite fluffy friends through the 4th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic. Kids staying at the hospital over March Break got to pick out a new teddy bear and escort it on a hospital adventure with a variety of clinic-like activities to try, like x-rays, blood work, and making a cast for their bear. These activities help patients become more familiar with the different medical tools and hospital routine.

Anthony, 8, says he was excited to take his two fluffy friends, Austin and Bear, around to receive casts and x-rays from the minor car accident they were involved in.”X-ray is the coolest because I get to see Bear and Austin going through the same thing as me,” Anthony says when asked which procedure he was most excited to try. Danielle, 8, says she would visit the Teddy Bear Clinic all the time if she could. “I was happy to protect my bear and make her feel good.”

The clinic was full of smiles from the kids helping their sick bears feel better.