Throughout the year, Child Life specialists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital use developmental, educational and therapeutic interventions and play to help patients and their families cope with illness, injury, treatment and hospitalization. During the holiday season, Child Life hosts All Kids’ Wonderland, inviting inpatient families to select gifts for patients and their siblings.
On Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13 our Child Life department will be hosting our annual All Kids' Wonderland. This is a free "shopping" event for our parents/caregivers. This is our Child Life department’s largest event, with an estimated 200 families participating. We create a very festive setting on the first floor of our Outpatient Care Center. In designated rooms, gifts are on display and provided for seriously ill children and families who cannot leave the hospital during the holiday season. Each family will have an opportunity to "shop" and pick up gift wrap essentials. It’s always tough for families whose children are hospitalized during the holidays. Perhaps more than ever, there’s a need for our patients and families to experience as much “normal” as possible and celebrate their holiday traditions.