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Posted December 12, 2013
Snow in the Forecast Means Fun for Patients at All Children's Hospital

Winterfest 2013
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For the second straight year, the forecast called for snow with a mix of live holiday music at All Children's Hospital - and it came with a flurry of fun for all ages at the All Children's Winterfest. A snow machine sent the flakes swirling under the night sky above the rooftop desk of the hospital, while patients played with a cast of super heroes (from Heroes Alliance), hurled foam "snowballs," made gingerbread houses and heard  the Ocean Road Band playing an array of rocked-up seasonal classics.

The event, created and coordinated by the Child Life Department, featured all manner of holiday decorations on the deck (as well as plenty of Christmas cookies, brownies and cider) and offered children at the hospital a chance to enjoy an evening outside on a warm Florida evening, away from their hospital beds.

"Its' really easy as the hours tick by in the hospital to lose sight of things that once felt important to you, so I feel like this allows you to take a break from the day in the hospital and just remember who you are and celebrate your child and let the children play," said Child Life specialist Holly Ott.

One special note about this year's Winterfest, explained Child Life Director Kristin Maier: the snow machine was made possible by a gift from cancer patient Matthew Baar and his family. The machine now belongs to All Children's, ensuring that it will snow at the hospital each December for years to come.