Delivering entertainment, distraction, and happiness


Starlight Gaming delivers happiness to seriously ill children by providing hours of fun and distraction playing Nintendo video games and streaming their favorite movies and TV shows through Netflix and Hulu, by themselves or with a group of other kids.

For more than 28 years, Starlight's Gaming stations have been specially manufactured to meet strict infection safety protocols and roll anywhere in the hospital. Doctors, nurses, clinicians, and child life specialists are able to use Starlight Gaming stations in a variety of settings from the ER, to a playroom or treatment room, and even bedside for a patient in isolation.

Our Impact


Gaming stations in 800+ hospitals and healthcare centers

$15 can provide an hour of game play to 15 seriously ill kids

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Starlight kid story

Starlight kid, Jay, is 8 years old with a larger-than-life personality. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoblastic lymphoma, he’s been undergoing treatment for the past year at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Jay’s life now consists of long hospital visits, chemotherapy, feeling good one day and not the next. One thing that stays constant is his love of video games and the fun he has playing on the gaming stations.

Jay playing with Starlight Gaming
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Provide a Starlight Nintendo Switch gaming station to your local hospital with a $5,000 gift and be recognized as a sponsor

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“The Starlight gaming stations are an incredible and unique tool that helps turn a sick or injured child’s pain, fear and stress into smiles and, we are thrilled and thankful to Starlight Children’s Foundation for this generous gift.”

– Dr. Anthony Scaduto, Orthopedic Institute for Children

The Future

  • Starlight will continuously work with its 29-year gaming partner, Nintendo, to launch the Starlight Nintendo Switch handheld unit.

  • With support from Nintendo, Starlight is partnering with key Certified Child Life Specialists to research the impact of the Starlight Nintendo Switch Gaming station.

  • Starlight continues to explore opportunities to enable all of our gaming experiences to be accessible no matter the patient’s physical limitations.

  • Starlight is looking at ways to expand our gaming content to provide games that are educational and STEM-related.

Our Impact

11.6 million

Smiles delivered via Starlight Gaming since 1992

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I couldn’t do my job without Starlight's gaming stations. They make a huge difference, especially for kids who are having pain management issues.

- Heather, Child Life Specialist

Learn about Starlight's Gaming program with Nintendo

Starlight Gaming delivers happiness through the following ways:

  1. Play

    Highly interactive experiences engage children through mastery and achievement

  2. Entertainment

    Playing popular games provides children a much-needed sense of relief and distraction from stressful situations

  3. Socialization

    Gaming gives pediatric patients an opportunity to connect with their siblings, peers, and clinicians

  4. Normalization

    Playing video games provides structure, familiarity, and security during hospitalization

  5. Emotional Support

    Video games redirect a child’s focus, resulting in reduced anxiety and improved mood

  6. Pain Management

    Engaging with games that require user participation leads to less perception of pain at the central brain level

  7. Physical Therapy

    Unique features of the gaming system allow physical therapists to capitalize on their patients’ functional abilities in a fun way

Read more about how we measure program impact

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Want additional information about this program?

  1. Gaming One-Pager

    Our one-pager provides quick and easy to read infographics about our program

  2. Gaming Report Card

    A multi-page report about program impact, reach, and future goals


Starlight’s Gaming program supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3