Our family outreach programs, offered all year long, are designed to help kids escape the demands of cancer, if only for an afternoon or an evening. Whether it's a hockey game, yoga class or laser tag, our programs for tots, teens, parents and the whole family will get you out for some fun with other families affected by childhood cancer. Check back regularly for updated information regarding our family outreach programs.


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The Polar Express™

Thursday, November 22, 5 pm to 7 pm - Aspen Crossing in Mossleigh, Alberta
Families

The Polar Express™ ride for Kids Cancer Care families will take place November 22nd. This event is generously donated by Aspen Crossing and is one of our favorite Christmas traditions! 

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to delight in their journey to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers will be entertained by many of the characters from the movie as well as a reading of The Polar Express™ book. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own sleigh bell, just like in the movie, to those who BELIEVE.

The Train ride is approximately one hour long and includes your golden train ticket, hot chocolate in a ceramic Polar Express collector’s mug, a delicious cookie, as well as your first gift of Christmas, a silver bell.

Register here before November 15th.


Cool Yule: A Christmas Carol

Sunday, November 25
Families

Come out for a Kids Cancer Care Family Reunion at Theatre Calgary. Your family is invited to join us for our annual private event at the theatre for a magical evening of the timeless classical story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Expect the unexpected, and let Tiny Tim and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future melt your heart with kindness and rejoice in the magic of the season. 

 

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Reception (visit from Santa, crafts, family photos, light snacks) 
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Performance
9:00 pm Visit with cast and crew


Limited seats available!

RSVP here. For more details email Nikki.

Please note:
  • This production is considered suitable for children in grade two (six years old) and above. Some children may find the special effects startling and loud, and the theme of ghosts frightening. However, our reception is open to all ages.
  • If your child is restless or disruptive, please be prepared to watch the performance from the live feed in the lounge in consideration of the cast and audience.
  • Theatre Calgary has a strict no babies-in-arms policy.
Please discuss theatre etiquette with your children prior to attending the performance.
 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Teen Leadership Program

Ages 14 to 17

The Kids Cancer Care Teen Leadership Program (TLP) is for teens aged 14 to 17 who have been affected by childhood cancer and certain hematological disorders. Patients, survivors, siblings and bereaved siblings enjoy opportunities to develop as leaders through self-reflection, peer support, skill building, volunteerism and a service trip.

Teens meet monthly throughout the school year to develop and practice skills in communication, organization, responsibility and public speaking. The teens engage in volunteer work at Kids Cancer Care programs as well as other local non-profits. TLP culminates in a travel project, where teens in the Gold level raise funds and awareness to undertake meaningful community development work including a build project for a low income community or family.

For more information, email Nikki or call her at 403 984 6209.

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RBC is a proud supporter of the Teen Leadership Program


PEER

NEW physical activity programs for kids on and off treatment

3 sessions every Wednesday evening based on child's age

Please see details below on each session and age group.

Physical activity is a safe and essential part of any child’s healthy development and this is equally true for children affected by cancer. Research shows that physical activity can be safely practiced during acute phases of treatment, even in immune-compromised children and those undergoing difficult treatments. Physical activity is medicine and can improve the quality of life for children with cancer by reducing the negative side effects associated with cancer and its treatments. 

The right prescription for physical activity can help your child develop strength, endurance, energy, coordination and flexibility, helping them to be more social, happy and improve academic achievement. Our PEER program (Pediatric Oncology Patients Engaging in Exercise for Recovery) was designed with this in mind. 

PEER is a research-based exercise program designed by pediatric cancer specialists from the University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital to help parents and health care professionals to use exercise to help ease the long-term impact of cancer and its treatments on children. Specialized exercise programs are designed for each age group. 

PEER is free and open to children with cancer (both on- and off-treatment), survivors and siblings! Please attend cold- and flu-free.


PEER for Preschool Kids

Wednesdays 5:00 to 5:50 PM
Ages 2 to 5

We are excited to offer this physical activity program for our youngest kids between the ages of two and five. The sooner we are able to engage children in physical activity after diagnosis, the sooner they will begin their recovery.

PEER activities for pre-school children are designed to get little ones moving to help them regain their confidence, rebuild their gross motor development and their physical literacy. Your little ones will be singing and playing games while gaining confidence and improving basics movement skills such as running, jumping, kicking, skipping, throwing, catching, stretching and balancing. All kids affected by cancer (both on or off treatment), and siblings are welcome. Inclusion is our motto.

For more information or to register call Carolina Chamorro Vina at 403 984 6211 or 

CLICK HERE 


PEER for School Kids

Wednesdays 6:00 to 6:50 PM
Ages 6 to 10 or 11

Our PEER curriculum for kids in school was inspired from the Health and Physical Education Ontario Curriculum and the Long Term Athletic Developmental Model. At PEER for School Kids, participants develop fundamental movement skills in a fun and safe environments for play. The focus is on providing, inclusive, multi-sport and developmentally appropriate sport and physical activity for kids affected by cancer on and off treatment. Participants will develop skills in a wide range of movement, while building the confidence and desire they need to participate in activities outside PEER.  

For more information or to register call Carolina Chamorro Vina at 403 984 6211 or

CLICK HERE


PEER for Teens

Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Ages 11 to 18

PEER for teens is a weekly exercise program designed to help teens rebuild fundamental physical skills, while restoring immune system, energy levels and confidence, by engaging in fun activities with fellow teens. From rock climbing and sports to knowing your way around a gym, these classes are designed to give teens affected by cancer the confidence they need to be active regardless of their abilities or limitations.

For more information or to register call Carolina Chamorro Vina at 403 984 6211 or

CLICK HERE  


Pizza Night

Wednesday Evenings at Alberta Children's Hospital
For families staying at the hospital

Every Wednesday night on Unit 1 at the Alberta Children's Hospital, you'll find a group of dedicated Kids Cancer Care volunteers hosting a Pizza Night. This special night allows families to eat together, to talk and connect.

For more information, please email Kelly Raymond or call her at 403 984 1220.

'Pizza night is so great! Not only is the pizza delicious, chatting with the amazing volunteers and other families on the unit is truly therapeutic. Thank you Kids Cancer Care!!'

Parent