LBFD Brings Fun in the Sun Indoors to Hospitalized Patients at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

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A Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach patient stands still as the bubble artist for Beach Day shocks the crowd with life-size bubbles

The Child Life Program of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach hosted the annual Beach Day bash for many patients who are too sick to leave the hospital. More than 40 members of the Long Beach Fire Department came to walk the children through the event crafts and game booths.

This year’s Beach Day Bash was equipped with stations for patients to dress up in tutus and pirate costumes, face painting for all ages, a shark-tooth necklace craft booth, and a visit from Kip and Cruz, the Miller Children’s pet therapy dogs. Held inside the hospital, a giant auditorium is transformed into a seaside escape with beach balls, carnival booths and summer snacks specially created by the chefs of Miller Children’s. Sponsors, including the Aquarium of the Pacific and Home Depot, created interactive games and learning booths for the patients and their firefighting partners.

The highlight of the event entertainment was the “Bubble Show” where a bubble artist showed patients exciting tricks to create massive bubbles. After making countless shapes and sizes of bubbles, he impressed the crowd by placing several patients, and a fireman, inside the giant bubbles.

This unforgettable event has been supported in part by the Michele Rae Crane Foundation for more than 10 years. The Michele Rae Crane Foundation is a family foundation set up to honor Michele Rae Crane who died as a young woman after being struck by a drunk driver. Through the foundation, her family supports countless programs within Child Life, such as the hospital grandparent program and literacy programming with patients.

“It is always exciting to see the amazement on the kids’ faces when they walk into the room on Beach Day,” says Rita Goshert, child life manager, Miller Children’s. “They are so happy to spend time at the ‘beach’ and play summer games that they have not been able to play.”

Throughout the year, the Child Life program of Miller Children’s coordinates events, such as the Beach Day bash, to make the hospital experience more positive for children of all ages. Child Life specialists plan individualized and group programs to help children adjust to their hospital stay and promote the continuity of normal, daily childhood activities.

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