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Child Life in the Community

The Child Life department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is involved in a variety of programs within the community.

Community Field Trips

Community Field Trips are pre-arranged tours conducted by the child life department for students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. This community service is designed to normalize and increase awareness of the hospital environment.

Helpful Tips and Information: 

  • Arrange your own transportation
  • Limit group size to 15 - 20 students
  • Every child should wear a name tag
  • A Child life specialist will welcome your students in the front lobby

Field Trip Goals and Objectives

  • To enhance existing curricula/thematic unit
  • To increase awareness of the hospital experience
  • To increase understanding of medical equipment and supplies
  • To increase awareness of body parts/anatomy systems
  • To increase awareness of professions, job duties, and responsibilities within a hospital setting
  • To promote the importance of team work
  • Medical Play Session
  • Specific departmental tours and orientation to role and job duties
  • Opportunities for multi-sensory educational activities
 If you are interested in scheduling a field trip and wish to learn of our availability, please contact our child life department 786-624-4875.

Sibling Workhsops

The Sibling Workshop, formerly Sibshops, is a peer support group for siblings of children with developmental or medical needs. Siblings often find it difficult to express their feelings about their brother or sister with developmental or medical needs to others.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Camps

Camp Funrise

Camp Funrise is a weeklong, sleep away camp for children ages 8 through 12 with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (inflammation of the joints that is characterized by swelling, heat and pain) and their families.

Camp Roaring Sun

Camp Roaring Sun is a camp exclusively for children ages 6 through 12 with diabetes who are treated at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.


Camp U.O.T.S. is an annual weeklong, overnight camp for children with cancer and blood disorders who are treated at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Ventilation Assisted Children’s Center (VACC) Camp

VACC Camp is a week-long sleep-away camp for children requiring ventilator assistance (tracheostomy ventilator, C-PAP, BiPAP, or oxygen to support breathing) and their families. 

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