Our History

Good. Clean. Fun.®

The Children’s Healing Center started as the dream of our fearless founder, Amanda Barbour. After going through a challenging medical journey that left her isolated from the outside world, Amanda wanted to create a place where sick kids, their siblings and their parents could connect with others, be active and have fun.

Without any prior experience in fundraising, Amanda galvanized the support of the Grand Rapids community and launched the Children’s Healing Center in 2015.

As the nation’s first year-round recreation center where kids with weak immune systems can play in a safe space, the Children’s Healing Center has quickly grown to include a wide range of programs that emphasize research-based play, socialization and learning.

Our goal is for you and your family to feel the love and passion that has gone into the Center each time you walk through our front door. From the program staff and volunteers to the medical team and our board of directors, you will be supported and given countless opportunities to create wonderfully positive memories during your journey. The Children’s Healing Center is more than just a place to play, connect and relax – it’s a place where your entire family will build relationships that will last a lifetime.

Our Mission

Provide social and emotional healing for kids with weak immune systems and their families in a safe, clean environment.

Our Vision

Provide a place for all our families to experience the healing power of play, friendship and belonging.

Filling the Gap

The Children’s Healing Center fills an essential gap in the continuum of healthcare and complements children’s services already available in Grand Rapids. The Center works in conjunction with local businesses, colleges and universities, medical centers and other nonprofits to create holistic services for sick kids.