Bounce Bash®


  from every-day, to once-in-a-lifetime, family adventures

Bounce Bash are outings specially designed to include children with complex medical needs, while also embracing healthy siblings and parents.  Multi-family group fosters friendship, the “safety” of not being stared at, and a feeling of “belonging.”  When Bounce handles all planning and logistics, families can attend with minimal stress – and are willing to try things they would never attempt on their own.  Whether a chance to see the latest movie or go bowling – or sit in the dugout at Wrigley Field, the result is adventurous family time that is fresh, exciting, and fun!


Recent Bounce Bash events include:

  • Chicago Bears Training Camp
  • Halloween Hoopla
  • Madagascar Musical at Marriott Lincolnshire Theater
  • Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch
  • Fun in the Sun at Mundelein Water Park

  • Distraction from day-to-day Burdens of Chronic Illness
  • A Chance to “Get Out of the House” for Fun, not Medical Care
  • Friendships at the Individual & Family Level
  • Confidence that Extends to Other Aspects of Life & Builds Resilience

All Bounce families are automatically enrolled in the Bounce Bash program and are invited to every Bounce Bash family adventure. Families are confirmed for attendance based on supply and demand. Nurses/Healthcare Aides are also welcome to accompany their Bounce family as necessary.

Bounce Bash events are usually held on either a Saturday or Sunday, and are typically offered twice a month.  Events are held at various venues across the entire Chicagoland area.

Absolutely nothing!  All Bounce programs and services, including Bounce Bash events, are offered free of charge to member families.

Bounce Bash invitations are emailed approximately one month prior to the event and include a link to the registration page. Member families can also access information about upcoming Bounce Bash events through Bounce Net®.

Membership is available to all families with a child, under the age of 18, who has been diagnosed with a chronic disease and/or permanent injury, regardless of socioeconomic status.   When a child is diagnosed, the entire family is diagnosed, so we welcome – and serve – the entire family.  (NOTE: all family members must live in the same household.)  To join, simply complete our application by clicking here.

There are a number of ways you can support the Bounce Bash program, including:

  • You and/or your company can sponsor a Bounce Bash.
  • You and/or your company can donate a venue to host a Bounce Bash. 
  • You can volunteer at a Bounce Bash event.