Children's Hospital Sun Fun Carnival


Games and treats and dunk tanks, oh my!

Former and current patients of Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System University Medical Center (GHS) celebrated spring 2012 in style, thanks to generous Virtual Toy Drive donors.

The fourth annual Children’s Hospital Sun Fun Carnival transformed the Healing Garden at Greenville Memorial Hospital into a lively party with everything from classic midway-style toss games to resident-manned dunk tanks. Donations made through Virtual Toy Drive's Children's Hospital Sun Fun Carnival fund kept kids and their families entertained and well-fed by providing the dunk tank and popcorn and snow cone machines. Partnership with other donors meant a bevy of prizes for carnival goers.

Child Life Manager Emily Durham called the event “awesome.”

“We tried to think of things [the kids] would normally do at a carnival, but we tried to adapt it to the Children’s Hospital,” she said. “Really, the purpose of doing activities and events in the hospital is to let them do things they would normally do when they’re not in the hospital. We want to create those experiences for them here so they don’t feel like they missed out on those parts of their life.”

Kids often spend days, weeks and even months at a time being treated in the Children’s Hospital. While they’re hospitalized, children may miss out on everyday moments, such as play dates, field trips and birthday parties.

During that time, the Child Life department maintains our child-friendly environment and commitment to psycho-social healing by working with patients using a variety of tools. When Child Life specialists organized the inaugural Children’s Hospital Sun Fun Carnival in 2009, the department continued its enrichment and transformation of the treatment process for our youngest patients.

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Click here to donate funds for the fifth annual Children’s Hospital Sun Fun Carnival to be held in spring 2013. You can also browse available items for the Child Life department or search each department's needs.