Patients Enjoy Seaside Fun During Beach Day at Miller Children’s Hospital

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A Miller Children's patient plays life-sized checkers with a Long Beach firefighter at the annual beach day celebration.

A Miller Children’s patient plays life-sized checkers with a Long Beach firefighter at the annual beach day celebration.

Surf and sand came to pediatric patients and their families at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach’s beach day celebration on Friday, Aug. 7. The annual event provided children with some end-of-summer fun and featured a variety of game booths, special guest appearances, a bubble show and more.

The hospital’s auditorium was completely transformed into a boardwalk carnival paradise with palm trees, beach balls and aquatic animals. Patients and their families were free to choose from a variety of fun gear including Hawaiian flower leis and firemen helmets. Members of the Long Beach Fire Department escorted pediatric patients from their rooms to the auditorium, and helped guide them to each activity.

Beach day serves as an opportunity to provide a unique event for patients who are often too sick to leave the hospital during a season when their peers are enjoying time outdoors. It also acts as one of the many events Miller Children’s holds to promote social interaction and help patients maintain a normal life while hospitalized.

Two princesses share a sweet conversation with a Miller Children’s patient.

Two princesses share a sweet conversation with a Miller Children’s patient.

“If a child is not able to play and socialize with their peers, their health and treatment plan can be affected,” says Rita Goshert, manager, Child Life Program. “Beach day is an opportunity for us to provide our patients with a developmental experience that they would normally have during the summer at home or in the community. A child’s development is just as important as the medical treatment they receive.”

This year’s event was fun-filled with activities for both patients and families alike thanks to a variety of sponsors. Faces were painted in elaborate flowers and superhero masks by Happy Face, the Painted Turtle and Discovery Arts provided arts and crafts stations with endless supplies and Make-A-Wish held a fun fishing game where patients were able to win prizes. Additional sponsors included Kohl’s, the Signal Hill Police Department, Aquarium of the Pacific and Alaskan Airlines, among others.

Who says paint is just for the face? Not this Miller Children's patient!

Who says paint is just for the face? Not this Miller Children’s patient!

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