*Hospital Happenings®


Hospital Happenings in NY*NJ*CT


Hospitalization is not generally associated with fun and good times for anyone, but it's especially tough on children and teens. Though doctors, nurses, family, and friends make long stays more bearable, pediatric patients endure a great deal of time feeling lonely, bored, and scared. That's where Starlight comes in!

Hospital Happenings are fun-filled parties and therapeutic workshops on-site at the hospital. These interactive events include laughter-packed visits from musicians, clowns, and entertainers, plus other special activities such as movie nights, game tournaments, and crafting extravaganzas. All pediatric patients are welcome, as are their parents and siblings. And if a child must stay in bed, we can often bring the party to their room!

Hospital personnel recognize Hospital Happenings as highly effective morale boosters that enhance much-needed social interaction. These diverse events promote creative self expression, a sense of humor, and cheerful attitudes. For children, the ability to share a laugh with family, friends, and caregivers can be the very best medicine.

Hospital Happenings are heart-warming experiences for both participants as well as planners. Enthusiastic volunteers, combined with the generosity of individuals and corporations, make it all possible. Frequently, businesses and organizations sponsor events, and their employees volunteer to participate.



Starworks brightens the lives of hospitalized children through creative expression in the literary arts. Graduate writing students teach creative expression to pediatric patients. As a result, these children have composed pictures of their hopes, dreams, and lives in poems, stories and essays. These works are celebrated through anthologies published by Starlight and distributed to the children, their friends and families and through readings at the hospitals.

Music Program

Children benefit from the power of music as a result of sessions with music therapists who not only encourage their creativity and personal expression, but also help them develop coping skills and techniques for pain management.

Yoga Program

Through the practice of yoga, physically disabled or hospitalized children learn breathing exercises that enhance relaxation, gain flexibility and improve coordination, and in general develop 

improved body awareness. It can also help them to channel frustration, defuse anger, and generate a feeling of tranquility that is so important to the healing process.

Clown Program

Children suffering from a wide range of illnesses have come to rely on weekly visits from our clowns for large doses of happiness. For many years medical professionals have recognized that those patients who maintained a positive mental attitude and shared laughter responded better to treatment. Our clowns, therefore, help children in the recovery process. Humor and laughter also foster a positive and hopeful attitude. For children faced with a physical illness, injury or disability, hope is something that is greatly needed.

Send a Smile, Send a Bear

Put a smile on the face of a sick child by sending a warm, cuddly teddy bear and help support Starlight’s Hospital Programs! With the help of friends like you, seriously ill children will receive cuddly teddy bears to love and treasure for a lifetime. The bears provide a welcome distraction from the stress and fear that children experience while in the hospital, and help boost their strength. Your gift will help a child through a very difficult time and help fund innovative programs that empower, educate, entertain and inspire hospitalized children throughout the tri-state area. Bears can also be sent in honor of your clients, friends and family members.

The cost of brightening the life of a seriously ill child is only $25.

Click here to send a Starlight Teddy Bear!


To learn how you or your business can get involved in Hospital Happenings, please contact Michele Hall-Duncan.