Activities for families

Family Centered Programs

Child Life coordinates a variety of programs designed to expose patients and families to art, music and socialization with other patients and families to help build healthy support systems. Keeping children having fun while they are in the hospital is an important focus. Special programming is required engage children in their care.

Ongoing Programs

  • The early learning program provides services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers to encourage developmental play while in the hospital.
  • The school age program is a service offered to pediatric patients at Nebraska Medicine to continue academic progress while in the hospital.
  • Music therapy is available for stress and anxiety reduction, positive changes in emotional states, non-pharmacological management of pain, increased self-expression and self-esteem.
  • The school re-entry program is coordinated with the patient’s school. The child’s classmates learn about diagnosis and treatment and are reassured that cancer is not contagious.

Weekly Activities

  • Animal assisted therapy

Monthly Activities

  • Ceramics
  • Carnival
  • Family movie night
  • Scrapbooking
  • Haircuts

Yearly Activities

  • Sibling support group
  • Transplant reunion day
  • Pediatric neonatal memorial service

Special Parties

  • Birthday parties
  • Mardi Gras
  • Trick-or-treat parade
  • Holiday party

My Journey Beads 

  • My Journey Beads provides children the opportunity to track their medical journey by receiving a bead for each clinic visit, blood draw, test or procedure they go through to help them visualize their healthcare journey.

Jel-Sert and the American Childhood Cancer Organization gave the medical center a child-friendly freezer and an endless supply of Fla-Vor-Ice frozen ice pops to be enjoyed at any time.

Teen Night Out Program

  • Local sponsors support the Teen Night Out Program giving patients a chance to have a night on the town. Past events include trips to the NCAA Men’s College World Series games, Creighton University Blue Jay’s basketball games, University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) Maverick hockey games, a haunted hayrack rides, bowling at Sempeck’s Entertainment Center as well as dinners and a movies.

Sunshine Kids, International

  • Sunshine Kids International is a non-profit organization committed to providing positive group activities to young cancer patients. Recently, three of our teenage patients and a registered nurse visited Washington, DC to meet with other patients their age undergoing cancer treatment. The medical center frequently receives tickets for our patients to attend special events in Omaha such as Sesame Street LIVE, the International Omaha horse competition and the Olympic Swim Trials.