Programs | Kids, Teens, and Family programs

for family members of all ages

Mia

I was so excited when I saw my paintings that I made at Noogie Days hanging on the wall in the kitchen.

— Mia

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Kids ages 4-12

Enhancing Connections Parenting Group

  • Group Sessions
  • Parents with children ages 5-17 are eligible

The Enhancing Connections Group assists parents in learning helpful skills when talking to their kids about their cancer diagnosis. The focus of the group is to build upon the relationship between the parent and child to decrease feelings of stress for both of them. Some members of the group may be eligible to participate in an adjoining study funded by the National Cancer Institute. Contact Rachel Kennedy, LCPC by email or call 312-464-9900 x130.

Family Arts & Crafts

This is a fun-filled Saturday afternoon of arts and crafts. This is offered in partnership with the Junior League’s Connecting Kids to the Arts program. This program is offered throughout the school year and is typically offered on Saturday mornings.

Frankly Speaking to Kids about Cancer

Cancer affects a family in many ways. This presentation includes age-appropriate ways to talk with children about cancer, some common behaviors you may see and ways to support your family through the experience. This presentation is offered several times throughout the year.

GCC @ School

A school-based cancer education and support program for children and adolescents with cancer or cancer in their families.

Holiday Party for Kids

Our annual multicultural holiday party for children and their families includes activities, crafts and food.

Kid Support

Kid Support is a 10 week series of peer support groups for children ages 5-12 who are living with cancer or have a family member or friend living with cancer. The group provides a safe space for kids to talk about their experiences while they develop coping skills in the areas of communication, relaxation and understanding difficult feelings. A one-time Parent Orientation is required.

For more information or to enroll your child(ren), please call 312-464-9900.

Kid’s Bereavement

Kid’s Bereavement is a 10 week series of peer support groups for children ages 4-12 who have experienced the cancer-related death of a family member or friend.  The group focuses on coping and expressing difficult feelings. A one-time Parent Orientation is required.

For more information or to enroll your child(ren), please call 312-464-9900.

Kids Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer day camp! This camp has previously been offered in person. During the COVID-19 shutdown,  this camp is offered virtually. Past activities have included martial arts, trampoline parks, improv, art, games, visits to the Children Museum and other famous Chicago sites, and more! Registration typically opens in the spring.

Kids Connecting

This acts as a monthly drop-in group for kids living with cancer themselves or who have a family member or friend living with cancer. This is held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Noogiefest

Our annual Halloween party for children, teens and their families includes Halloween-themed activities, crafts and food. Come in costume!

Parenting Through Cancer Networking Group

This support group is open to parents of children under 18 and is designed to help parents who have cancer themselves, have a partner or child living with cancer, or are parenting through the death of a loved one.  This networking group is held in conjunction with Kid Support and Kid’s Bereavement.

For more information and to RSVP, please call 312-464-9900.

Teens ages 13-18

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Enhancing Connections Parenting Group

  • Group Sessions
  • Parents with children ages 5-17 are eligible

The Enhancing Connections Group assists parents in learning helpful skills when talking to their kids about their cancer diagnosis. The focus of the group is to build upon the relationship between the parent and child to decrease feelings of stress for both of them. Some members of the group may be eligible to participate in an adjoining study funded by the National Cancer Institute. Contact Rachel Kennedy, LCPC by email or call 312-464-9900 x130.

GCC @ School

A school-based cancer education and support program for children and adolescents with cancer or cancer in their families.

Holiday Party for Kids

Our annual multicultural holiday party for children and their families includes activities, crafts and food.

Noogiefest

Our annual Halloween party for children, teens and their families includes Halloween-themed activities, crafts and food. Come in costume!

Red Door Squad

This is a teen group for those ages 13-19.

Through a variety of activities and special events, teens serve as members of our “RD Squad”. This program provides students with fun activities as well as support, leadership and community service opportunities.

Special Outings & Workshops

Designed for teens who have cancer themselves or who have a loved one or friend living with cancer or have lost a loved one to cancer. The ability to network and share cancer-related experiences with each other is encouraged through participation in age-appropriate activities based on teen interests.

Teen Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer day camp! This camp has previously been offered in person. During the COVID-19 shutdown, this camp is offered virtually! Past activities have included: yoga, hip-hop, art, cooking demos, Second City, Chicago360 observatory and Lasertron at Whirlyball. Registration typically opens in the spring.

Teen Multimedia Contest

A multimedia contest for high school students to share their experiences about living with cancer themselves, a family member or friend living with cancer or those who have lost a loved one to cancer. This program is temporarily being put on hold due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

Volunteer

If you are looking to earn community service hours for school, consider becoming a volunteer! We have a number of ways you can help, including assisting with special Noogieland program events.

For more information, please call 312-464-9900 or APPLY NOW!

Reservations

To help us plan ahead, please make a reservation for any program at least 24 hours in advance by calling 312-464-9900 or submitting a reservation on our online calendar.

Supervised Play for Kids

We’re happy to entertain kids during our programs, but we need to know you’re coming. Please call 312-464-9900 at least 72 hours in advance with your children’s names and ages so we can have a Noogieland volunteer available for Supervised Play.