​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Note: The Magic Castle is reopening October 4, 2022! To pre-register, please call the Magic Castle before each hospital visit to reserve a space for your child. You must be at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre while your child is in the Magic Castle. Registration opens on October 3. You must self-screen your child before using the Magic Castle. Click here for the pre-screening tool.

​​​​​​​​​Magic Castle childcare centre tables and chairs and activity bins

​The Magic Castle is a free child-care service for children up to 12 years old. We take care of your children so that you can go to your appointment or visit family at the Princess Margaret. We also welcome children who are patients themselves.

In the Magic Castle, a registered early childhood educator and hospital volunteers support children's learning with age-appropriate play-based activities. Children are encouraged to express themselves through play and creativity, making the Magic Castle their own safe place.

The staff and volunteers engage children in a number of learning opportunities and areas of fun and development such as:

  • Arts & crafts
  • Drama
  • Games (video, computer and board)
  • Creative and medical play
  • Reading
  • Playing with toys
  • Watching movies/PS4 station/tablets
  • Sensory play
  • Music and movement
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​ ​​ ​​ ​ Magic Castle childcare centre tables and chairs

Magic Castle staff creates and updates many pathfinders and booklets to better support children and their families touched by cancer. Staff also lends books related to cancer and assists families with other resource services information.

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New COVID-19 Precautions:

  1. Once you register your child for Magic Castle you will be asked to complete the COVID-19 self-screening tool​ at home.
  2. Pre-registration is recommended since space is limited. Call the Magic Castle by ​phone to register your child. If you wish to drop-in, and there is space available, the early childhood educator will ask you self-screen your child at the door.
  3. Children over the age of two are required to wear masks.
  4. Is it not required that children going to Magic C​astle are vaccinated but it is recommended.

Location

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre | Map icon  Maps & Directions
Location: Main floor - Room M913​
Getting to Magic Castle: ​Map to Magic Castle

Hours & Contact

Monday to Friday, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm

Phone: 416 946 4501 ext. 5157

The Magic Castle is part of the UHN Cancer Experience Program​.​

Do you have questions about the Magic Castle? Email: Cancer.Experience@uhn.ca​​


How to Register

You need to register your child only once, no matter how many times y​​our child will visit the Magic Castle. You can register in person at the Magic Castle or with a Princess Margaret social worker. You will need to fill out a form with the following information:

  • Your child's name and address
  • Name of a contact in case of an emergency
  • Your child’s allergy information
  • Name of the person who will pick up your child
    • Relationship of child to patient and location of patient in the Cancer Centre
  • Medical release form from your child’s doctor (if your child is a patient)

Call the Magic Castle before each hospital visit to reserve a space for your child. While your child is in the Magic Castle, you must be in Princess Margaret.

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https://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret/Education/Continuing_Education_Programs/Pages/continuing_education_programs.aspx
Last reviewed: 9/5/2022
Last modified: 9/23/2022 12:02 PM