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 29 years, Starlight's Gaming stations have been specially manufactured to meet strict infection safety protocols and roll anywhere in the hospital - and now, they have gotten even more portable with the latest iteration, the Starlight Nintendo Switch handheld.

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.

Want to learn more about the latest addition to Starlight Gaming?

Starlight Gaming Handheld

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 Chris was born with special needs and development delays. 17 years later, Chris needed orthopedic surgery to repair his scoliosis. During his stay at Shriners Hospital for Children - Portland, he loved getting to play on the new Starlight Nintendo Switch handheld and allowed his love for video games to remain a part of his life - even while he was in the hospital.

Read more about Chris's story

Give a gaming station to your local hospital

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

Our Impact

11.6 million

Smiles delivered via Starlight Gaming since 1992

Help us deliver more smiles with gaming

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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