Smilezone Foundation’s mission is to make tough days a little brighter for kids receiving treatment in hospitals and health care facilities. We do this by creating fun and engaging “Smilezones” that harness the uplifting power of a smile for the kids and their families.
About Smilezone Foundation
We believe that every child deserves to smile, no matter what circumstances they face. Over a single weekend, our team transforms an existing waiting room, treatment room or patient care room into a Smilezone! A Smilezone provides a bright, comforting, and engaging space for children and their families while spending time in a hospital or medical facility.
Our Smilezones are custom designed with features such as fresh paint, engaging murals, comfortable and accessible furniture, custom cabinetry and storage, sensory items, interactive technology including iPads, Televisions, interactive GestureTek gaming and much more! We work closely with the health care centre’s frontline staff to come up with a unique and customized design that is guaranteed to bring a smile to kids’ faces.
What is a Smilezone?
Smilezones are safe spaces physically, mentally and emotionally where kids of any age, ability and diagnosis can go and be themselves without fears of judgement and where they are with other families who share in similar experiences. Children can be themselves, relax, and feel supported in a safe and engaging environment. While nothing can replace the comfort of your own home, a Smilezone helps make the hospital or health care centre a better place to be.
What People Are Saying
"Our Smilezone makeover is nothing short of spectacular! The area is brighter and more inviting than we ever dreamed it could be. The treatment rooms are so colourful, the children and parents just love them! An all around amazing transformation of a previously 'hospital-like' space."
— Nurse Practitioner at Northeast Cancer Centre, Read More
"We visit KidsAbility with my 18-month-old daughter and 6-year-old son. Both children settled in right away in the Smilezone lobby. They spend a lot of time on the magic floor, always amazed at the ever-changing display - kicking up the leaves and causing ripples in the water!"
— Parent of a child at KidsAbility Centre, Read More
"Our work with Smilezone was nothing short of miraculous. They met with our staff to better understand the needs of our patients. This allowed them to create a space that supports exceptional care & state-of-the-art cancer treatment, while reflecting our special patients who spend so much time here."
— Malcolm Maxwell, President & CEO, Grand River Hospital, Read More