In-Hospital Programs

It’s generally not a lot of fun for anyone to be in a hospital, but it’s especially tough on kids. Sometimes because of long or complicated treatments it just can’t be helped. While doctors and nurses focus on treatments, Starlight is there to bring a much needed distraction from the seriousness of an illness. Starlight’s entertainment activities give children something fun to do while they’re stuck in the hospital.From activity kits and interactive gaming stations to toy-filled playrooms, Starlight offers a comprehensive menu of in-hospital programs that bring fun, joy and laughter where it’s needed most.

Starlight Fun Kits
Starlight Fun Centers
Starlight Tablet Program

Starlight Fun Rooms

Starlight Hospital Parties

Starlight Grant Program


Starlight Fun Kits

Our Fun Kits are designed for toddlers up through teenagers and come packed with a range of entertainment and distraction activities. Many seriously ill children cannot share toys because of infection control and that’s why Starlight Fun Kits are so important in the hospital. The kits give children of all ages something fun to do.

For hospital staff, Starlight Fun Kits provide their young patients a welcome distraction from their treatments. Recognized as highly-effective morale boosters that create necessary social interaction, Starlight Fun Kits help children smile and sometimes that can be the best medicine of all.

Baby & Toddler Fun Kit: Created to bring a smile and provide comfort to children aged 0-3 years – contains a board book, a cuddly toy, and fun activities designed to entertain and distract very young children and make their hospital experience less frightening.

Boredom Buster Kit: Many children encounter significant waiting times for specific treatments. It’s always easier to face a long wait when there are puzzles to solve and games to play!

Teen Swag Kit: Distributed to teen patients to help ease the feelings of loneliness and isolation that come with being confined to a bed or hospital room. Included in the kit are games, puzzles and crafts.

Admit Kit: Often times when a child is unexpectedly rushed to the hospital, parents must quickly leave the home unprepared. The Starlight Admit Kit provides a variety of convenient care products for children and their parents, as well as entertainment activities.


Starlight Fun Centers

The Starlight Fun Center™ is a mobile entertainment unit featuring a Sharp AQUOS flat-screen television, a DVD player, a Nintendo Wii™ gaming system and a wide variety of Wii games. Whether hospitalized children are nervously awaiting surgery, sitting restlessly during a long treatment, or feeling lonely in their hospital room, the Starlight Fun Center helps them cope by providing endless hours of fun and distraction.

To date, more than 500 Starlight Fun Centers have been sponsored by companies, foundations and individuals and are being enjoyed at hospitals across Canada. The need, however, is great and our waitlist long.

Sponsorship Information: Starlight Fun Center sponsorship is currently $7,500 which includes the cost of the unit, shipping and administration, and repair and maintenance for the life of the Starlight Fun Center. Sponsors are identified by a customized adhesive sign permanently affixed to the Starlight Fun Center, showcasing their generosity for years to come. If you would like to sponsor a Starlight Fun Center for a specific hospital in your community, please contact, or call 1-800-880-1004. A Starlight Fun Center is played over 5,000 times in its lifetime – that’s a lot of smiling faces!

If you work at a hospital or healthcare facility and would like to find out how to get a Starlight Fun Center, please contact, or call 1-800-880-1004.


Starlight Tablet Program

Tablets are quickly becoming a popular tool among those working with children in a hospital settings. They can be used in a variety of child life-related tasks, and greatly enhance their work with seriously ill children. Children are increasingly familiar with, and excited by, technology, so their attention is often quickly captured when something is presented on a screen. Child life specialists are using tablets for surgery preparation, distraction during procedures and as a diversion activity.


Starlight Fun Rooms

Starlight Fun Rooms are beautifully designed and inviting hospital playrooms that provide pediatric patients with a haven in which they can relax, play and interact with each other. Here children can go online, play with games, toys, crafts and other children. These environments are created to meet the needs of children coping with the stresses of long hospital stays. Starlight Fun Rooms help ease young patient’s stress by stimulating the senses, providing an antidote to the loneliness and an escape from the isolation of a hospital room. While every Starlight Fun Room is unique, each provides a fun break from the child hospital room. If you are interested in adding a Fun Room to your hospital, please contact us.


Starlight Hospital Parties

Starlight works with hospitals across Canada to bring an afternoon of fun and entertainment to in-patient children and their families. Starlight will plan everything from the decorations and refreshments, to games and prizes for all to enjoy.


Starlight Grant Program

In an effort to respond to the regional needs of hospitals across the country Starlight introduced the Starlight Grant program. Hospitals, hospices and rehabilitation centres are encouraged to submit a grant application for a program that focuses on entertainment and distraction. Our first two years have been very successful with over $500,000 in grants being distributed to over 97 hospitals.


Your support makes our Starlight In-Hospital Programs possible – click here to donate today.

Starlight Programs Matter…

To Our Hospital Partners:

“The children and their families are thrilled and most appreciative, telling us what a positive difference it makes in their child’s recovery.”
-Lois Scott, Child Life Specialist, Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

“The kits really do help ease the wait that is often part of the hospital visit. The children are always surprised when they are told that they can take their gift home with them. Parents become involved with the activities as well and I am sure that this reduces the stress for mom and dad too.”
-Wanda Bowen, Child Life Specialist, The Scarborough Hospital, General Division.

“Words cannot even begin to express how much they have impacted the hospital stay for our little ones.
We as staff are so grateful & the parents are often speechless.”
– Tegan Webber, Child Life Specialist, Regina General Hospital

To Children and Families:

“I would like to say Thank You. Our son was involved in an accident on the weekend and was transferred between 4 hospitals.
In the 2nd hospital we were both given an ‘kit’ provided by Starlight. It contained all the things that he and I needed!
He spent time going through the items (taking his mind away from the circumstances!) and enjoying time with each activity while
I enjoyed the comfort of brushing my teeth!! Thank you for thinking of all the things that are needed at such a traumatic time.”

“My 2 year old son was recently in the hospital for surgery. To our surprise and his pleasure, our nurse delivered a care package from you!
He slept all night with his cuddly new friend and was entertained by his book throughout his stay.
It really helped pass the time and make it more bearable. My husband and I were both touched by your kindness“

We would love to hear from you too – share your Starlight story today!

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