Programming and Special Events

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy- Visits from 8 foot long fiberglass Great White Shark, Lizzy, who “swims” from room to room visiting patients and spreading toothy smiles to all “Shark Surprise”

Camp Day- Provides an exciting outdoor event to explore camp-like activities and offers children the opportunity to connect with one another "Camps, Crafts and Laughs"

Children’s Yoga- Yoga class to help promote relaxation, confidence, balance, empowerment and self-expression for children ages 2-10 lead by the Pedi Hem-Onc Child Life Team who are certified to teach children’s yoga. “A pitcher’s promise”

Photo of children’s yoga with child life specialist Caroline Armington and patients
Children’s Yoga being led by a child life specialist for patients in the clinic

Fall for the Arts- Autumn community celebration recognizing the involvement of children in the expressive arts therapies offered at the clinic “Celebrating community”

Capturing the Essence of Patients in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology- Event providing professional black and white portraits of children and their families. “Capturing Smiles on Camera”

HOP Program (Hole In The Wall Gang Camp Hospital Outreach Program) – Brings the spirit of camp - including opportunities for play, creativity and self-expression - to the clinic

Kaleidoscope- Rotating exhibit which highlights the artistic expression of our patients and their siblings as well as fosters a child-friendly environment. “Art of Healing”

Photo of My Story in Beads
The My Story in Beads program offers children the opportunity to document their unique treatment journey

My Story in Beads
- These beautiful beads strung on a leather strand symbolically document the course of a child’s unique treatment journey. “Celebrating the arts in Pediatric Oncology”

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month- Special September programming for children impacted by cancer and their families

Our Space Rocks- Seasonally inspired, festive, monthly crafts offered to patients and siblings

Ryan’s Case for Smiles- Sewing group which engages children in creating personalized pillow-cases using child-friendly fabrics

SEA Star- Offers children and their families an opportunity to experience the New England Aquarium after hours for a unique, crowd-free, educational and fun-filled visit

Photo of Child Life specialist Heather Peach trick-or-treating with a patient
Annual clinic Trick-or-Treating event throughout the Yawkey building

Slime Time- Hosted by the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Slime Time celebrates silliness and the joy of making a mess offering children a chance to “slime” their child life specialists and other care team members in addition to making their own slime creations. “Gooey Surprise”

Spring Egg Hunt- Spring event for young children to search for eggs at the Healing Garden and partake in special crafts and activities. “Hopping along”

STEAM Team- Established by the Museum of Science, this program provides engaging hands-on engineering and science activities which build self-confidence and creativity in children.

Trick-Or-Treating- Children and their siblings participate in a safe, child-friendly, Halloween event throughout the Yawkey building. “Cowboys, crayons and cheerleaders, oh my!”

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