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Patient programs

Patient programs

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, care extends far beyond the hospital walls. The recreation therapy and child life departments at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago believes that recreation and leisure should be an important part of everyone’s life without exception. They partner with a number of community organizations to introduce patients to the wide range of recreation possibilities and assist patients in discovering their passions leading to a life full of fun.

During your visit to the Chicago Shriners Hospital you may see therapy dogs, musicians, magicians, area sports teams, clowns, picnics or holiday-themed parties. Activities and classes are provided free-of-charge to patients and families. In addition to special events offered throughout the week, we offer other engaging activities. You may email Darlene Kelly, director of recreation therapy/child life, to be added to the team's activity mailing list.

Therapeutic recreation workshops and day trips

Fall 2017 programs - Registration is required
To sign up, contact Darlene Kelly 773-385-5426

Art Station Studio: 2nd Thursdays 6–7 p.m., Ages 5 and older
Each month features a different canvas painting project with creative instructors from Art Station Studio. No painting experience necessary.

Zumba Kids: October 5 and October 26, Ages 5 and older
Let's Zumba! Come dance and laugh with Soaringwords and Zumba instructors. No dance experience necessary. Family members and siblings welcome to join.

Special events

Spirit of Children Halloween party and costume giveaway: October 18 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Open to current patients and their families.

2017 Halloween Carnival: October 31. Trick or treating 1–1:30 p.m. Party and activities 1:30 – 3 p.m. Patient families must RSVP to Allison at 773-385-5550 by October 23.

Adaptive sports camps

Each summer, the Chicago Shriners Hospital offers an adaptive sports camp for patients ages 13 and older. Campers are accompanied by certified recreation therapists and a nurse, as they participate in more than ten different adaptive sports in venues around the Chicago area. For more information contact Amanda Hogle.

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