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Play area renovations

The Beach play area is a vital part of a child’s and family’s journey at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. We’re building a bigger, better play area so that Stollery kids can be kids.

stollery hospital the beach play area

The benefits of play

Play is crucial to a child’s development and when offered in a specialized health setting like the Stollery, the benefits to that child’s care, recovery and long-term physical and mental health are undeniable.

  • Play has a special therapeutic value for children who are sick or injured by contributing to their overall physical and emotional well-being
  • Play, when used in the context of treatment, can significantly help to improve a child’s motor functions, reduce stress, alter their mood and provide a sense of normalcy within the hospital setting

“When I go to The Beach I can meet new people and play. And I get to play bingo — I love bingo!”

– Stollery kid Cameron

the beach play area space with toys and tables with chairs

Our goal

We are raising $5 million over the next three years to fully renovate and expand The Beach.

Our vision

This necessary upgrade will include construction of an attached, state-of-the-art, outdoor play area that will more than double the existing 1,500 square foot play space, last renovated in 2007. The expansion will also make the play space and daily programming more accessible to both young children and youth.

stollery pet therapy dog wearing red bandana with child smiling

Allowing kids to be kids

The Beach is not just an area for play — it is a vital part of a Stollery family’s journey. This area is:

  • A medical-free zone for pediatric patients and their families to adapt to the often overwhelming hospital experience
  • A fun place within the Stollery that allows kids to be kids in between their many medical appointments, tests and surgeries
  • A space for specialized, life-changing therapeutic programs for kids and families, such as art and music

The Enchanted Forest - an extension of The Beach

The renovation also includes plans to construct a secure, multi-use outdoor space for kids and youth to play and participate in family-centred care programs.

The outdoor space will be used for physical activities and therapy programs, as well as a comfortable place for kids and families to gather and connect outside of their Hospital rooms and units.

Help us make a bigger, better Beach a reality:

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