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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.

Child Life Community Camps and Workshops


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. 

Date: 04/26/2016

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Main Campus
3100 S.W. 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155 

Camp Funrise

Camp Funrise is a weeklong, sleep away camp for kids with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammation of the joints that is characterized by swelling, heat and pain.

Date: 06/19/2016 to 06/24/2016

Camp Roaring Sun

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

Date: 07/18/2016 to 07/22/2016


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.

Date: 07/30/2016 to 08/06/2016

Ventilation Assisted Children’s Center (VACC) Camp

VACC Camp is a week-long sleep-away camp that creates unprecedented recreational and fellowship opportunities for children requiring ventilator assistance and their families. 

Date: 03/19/2016 to 03/25/2016

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