What's on in July

Spread a Smile is a registered charity that supports the wellbeing of seriously ill and hospitalised children during extended hospital stays and treatment.  Our services are available, free of charge, to all children up to the age of 18 under the care of our NHS hospital partners.  We offer a host of activities and entertainment that support your children, their siblings and you while your child is in hospital or shielding at home.  Please see a list of current services below, each with details on how to apply/participate.  To receive our monthly family newsletter detailing all our latest services and offers please click on the button below.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on events@spreadasmile.org or speak to a member of your hospital’s play team.  We look forward to meeting you.

Please scroll down to find out about all our activities available this month.

Entertainer Visits

Our professional entertainers including magicians, fairies, poets, artists, singers and musicians are available for bedside visits to all children in hospital or isolating at home.  We make every effort to ensure every visit is personalised for your child, is fully interactive and meets their individual interests.

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Choose from a wide range of activities such as a magic show, singing, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, poetry, science & nature and even princesses or superheroes.  Please discuss with our Visit Manager at time of booking.  All visits are virtual (via video conferencing) at this time.

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Summer Camp

We will be running a weekly virtual summer camp over four weeks between the 4th – 30th of August.  It will be one day per week each week and every day packed with loads of fun activity sessions. These include; Wednesday 4th August – musical theatre, songs dances and TikToks from Mama Mia;  Thursday 12th August – Wild Science and Japanese art.; Tuesday 17th August – fairies, wizard school, Spiderman and Elsa from Frozen and 

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Wednesday 25th August – virtual escape rooms with puzzles, problem-solving and challenges along the way.  Book your places by clicking on the image to register. To meet Elsa or Spiderman click on this link. And to join in the Back to School Virtual visit click this link.

Art Camp

The Summer Art Club runs every Tuesday at 3pm through August.  There will be a variety of fun and creative arts and craft activities for your child and their siblings to enjoy. Click on image to signup.

Smile Parties

We love birthdays and would be delighted to help you celebrate your child’s birthday. If would like to arrange a Smile Party with one of our entertainers for your child and up to six of their friends, please get in touch and we’ll do the rest.  The choice of entertainer and activity is entirely yours. 

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 Please discuss the options  available at time of booking with our Visit Manager.  All Smile Parties are virtual (via video conferencing) at this time.

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Fledge Tuition

Spread a Smile is now working with Fledge Tuition, Fledge provides online tuition in a 1:2:1 or small group setting with qualified teachers. Tuition is available for students in school year 1 through to school year 11 and topics available are English, Maths and Science. If you would like to know more please get in touch.

Mr Maker

On Thursday 2nd September renowned entertainer and arts & craft’s expert, Mr Maker, will be sharing some giggles with children by creating bugs and creatures. To join this exclusive session just for Spread a Smile and receive a bug set for your child please click on the photo to register.

Switch on Smile TV

Smile TV is our entertainment channel full of pre-recorded videos from our entertainers and special celebrity guests.  Watch magic shows, sing-a-long to your favourite nursery rhymes, popular music and musicals, join in with art and craft tutorials, enjoy nail art sessions, yoga classes and much more. 

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In addition, Smile TV features exclusive interviews with and messages from stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment.  Let us know what you would like to see more of by emailing   smile@spreadasmile.org

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Music Lessons

Spread a Smile is now offering piano and singing lessons. These virtual lessons are booked on a one-to-one basis and are led by our talented, trained musicians. Click on the picture above to sign up and find out more.

Free Magazine Subscription

Our friends at Readly – the digital subscription service that offers unlimited, “all-you-can-read” access to thousands of magazines in one app – have given us 300 x 3-month free subscriptions to give to our families.  Each subscription can have up to five individuals attached.