Several times each year, the Child Life department at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach opens its doors to volunteers who want to bring seasonal joy to the patients. In the winter months, past events have included fall festivals and holiday gatherings; in the summer, it’s Beach Day. Originally a held as a single-day event to celebrate the inpatient children at the Hospital, in partnership with the Long Beach Fire Department and countless volunteers, Beach Day was a two-day event this past year. The first day of the event celebrated the inpatient children, with the fire fighters from Long Beach escorting many of the children through the hospital to the event at Houssel’s Forum. On the following day, former NICU and Cardiac patients reunited with the physicians and staff who took care of them during their time at the Hospital. It’s a happy celebration, and a fun experience to watch.
As Petra’s second time participating at Miller, we made beach-themed frames with the participants. The children and their families could pose for a photo with Ariel from the Little Mermaid and then visit our table to adorn a photo frame with flowers, seashells and glitter. A fun and memorable day was had by all.