While there have been some unexpected detours on the wish journeys of about 150 Illinois children scheduled to travel through this spring, our team has been exceptionally creative in finding ways to continue to build hope and resilience.
Wishes are as unique as the children who make them – from a wish to meet a favorite princess
to a desire to interact with wildlife
and just about everything in between.
In addition to phone calls and virtual visits, our wish granting volunteers have been sharing some great resources they use to help keep their wish kids excited about their wishes, whenever they may be scheduled.
Since so many families are in the same situation now, we wanted to share their great ideas with you.
Please note, Make-A-Wish Illinois is not affiliated with any of these sites.
Free Disney Coloring pages
More than half of all wishes involve Disney theme park visits or characters.
Go on Virtual Rides
Among wish kids, there are many thrill seekers!
Daily LEGO Challenge
Meeting a LEGO master or visiting one of the LEGO theme parks is popular among wish kids.
Virtual Museum Tours
There are many wishes related to history and cultures around the world every year.
Ever wanted to swim with a dolphin? Our wish kids sometimes do.
You may have seen the penguins who took a walk through the aquarium this week. You can find that more behind the scenes content via Shedd’s Facebook
Bringing the Zoo to You
From a wish to be a zookeeper or to visit one of the world’s famous zoos, our wish kids love animals.
Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago started a new series that is available on their YouTube
page that features a new animal regularly.