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Brett Eldredge Spreads Smiles at Seacrest Studios in Dallas

 

Written by: Paula Cuadrado

 

Eight-year-old Brylie knew she would get to see country superstar Brett Eldredge when he came to Texas on tour, but it went a little different than she planned. See, Brylie and her family had tickets to see Brett and his pals in concert in Dallas but the tour date came when she was hospitalized for a lengthy stay and couldn’t make it out to the concert.

But that’s where the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center Dallas works its magic. Since the children who are hospitalized can’t make it out to the concert, we bring the concert and events to them, right there in the hospital. So instead of being one in a crowd of thousands, Brylie and other patients at Children’s Health got the VIP fan treatment with Brett Eldredge!

Brylie, along with Zoe, Jaci, Sarah and others got to interview Brett and ask him questions about his music career, his favorite color and what he likes to do with his dog, Edgar. Brett posed for pics and selfies with everyone who came down to see him, and even held one of his littlest fans, 3-month old Paisley.

Before the visit wrapped up, Brett pulled out his guitar and serenaded Seacrest Studios and all those watching on TV from their hospital rooms with his country hit, “Wanna Be That Song.”

Check out the video to watch the fun and laughter with Brett!

Thank you, Brett Eldredge, for making time to hang out in Seacrest Studios! You spread so many smiles, which is something you’re good at! We know you want to come back, “Don’t Ya”? But don’t take “The Long Way” to get back here because when we hear the “Beat of the Music” it makes us “Wanna Be That Song” and I may “Lose My Mind” as if I “Haven’t Met You” when really you will always be our “Superhero” and “The Reason” we want to “Bring You Back.” We know there’s “No Stopping You!”

Lizzy Greene Hosts Games For Kids In Seacrest Studios

Nickelodeon’s Lizzy Greene came back to Seacrest Studios in Dallas to see her friends and play some games!

Lizzy is from the Dallas area and loves to visit the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center when she has time off at home. For her recent visit, we put her to work! Lizzy hosted our Bingo game for the day, entertaining the kids in studio and calling numbers for the kids who were watching and playing along from their hospital room.

The kids were excited to talk to Lizzy and get their picture together. Lizzy even delivered some of the Bingo prizes to the winners.

Lizzy also shared about how much fun she’s having on the set of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. Be on the lookout for some fun, new episodes! Thanks Lizzy for coming back to the Seacrest Studios! We’ll see you next time!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Dallas Studio Managers

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special. 

MEET CHANCE AND PAULA!

We are so lucky to have Chance and Paula running Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Their dedication to the patients and studio is inspiring and they make every day so much fun! Learn a little more about Chance and Paula in their own words:

CHANCE

  •  How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: Five years. Wow, that’s gone by fast!
  •  Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: Our spring and fall concert series gives local musicians a chance to perform at the hospital.  There is great live music, prize raffles, bubble machine and popcorn. It’s so much fun!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): It’s hard to choose one, but I have a great memory of Chris Martin’s visit. One of our patients played piano and sang a Coldplay song for him.  Chris was genuinely caught up in the song, and halfway through it, he started to sing along.  It was a great moment, and we were also able to send the patient and his family to the concert that night!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): It’s not really hidden, but in my free time I enjoy training for triathlons and compete in Ironman races.

PAULA

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios:  I’ve worked at Seacrest Studios for three years and I’m loving every minute of it.
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I love the games we play in studio. Hosting Bingo brings out another level of my silly side and delivering prizes to our winners’ hospital rooms is so rewarding. I love to see the kids light up with excitement!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My favorite thing about the Seacrest Studios is seeing the transformation within the kids. They walk in as hospital patients a little shy and next thing you know we’re all dancing the Whip and Nae Nae and laughing. It’s rewarding to see them have a little fun and joy during their hospital stay.
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): Not so hidden and definitely not a talent, but before working here I didn’t know I would dance so much at work. I enjoy doing my crazy dance moves just to make a kid (or their parent) smile!

Thank you Chance and Paula for making every day in Seacrest Studios such an exciting adventure!

‘Gifted’ star Mckenna Grace brings joy to Seacrest Studios

Photos by: Lori Wilson
Recap by Paula Cuadrado

Mckenna Grace, star of the new movie “Gifted,” stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for a fun visit!

Mckenna helped guest host “Good Morning Children’s,” a tv show hosted and broadcast from the Seacrest Studios to all the patient rooms at the hospital’s Dallas and Plano campuses. Six-year-old Kailyn was able to skype in from her hospital room during the show to ask Mckenna a few questions, like what she likes to eat.

We talked about Mckenna’s movie “Gifted” and what it’s like being an actor at a young age. Mckenna wore an adorable headband with cat ears for her visit, so the co-hosts of Good Morning Children’s pulled out matching pairs of cat ears, too!

After the show, Mckenna had fun visiting with Boots the therapy dog and chatting with 13-year-old Loryn who came down from her room to hang out. Mckenna was intrigued by the studio’s prop collection and challenged studio staffer Paula to see how many hats they could each wear at one time!

Mckenna brought special handmade bracelets with thoughtful messages to give out to her new friends, as well as posters from her movie to help the kids decorate their hospital rooms.

Thank you Mckenna for visiting Seacrest Studios! We had so much fun being silly and hanging out with you!

U.S. Women’s National Team Visits Patients at Seacrest Studios

Written By: Paula Cuadrado
Video By: Chance Harris
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Members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team stopped by Seacrest Studios to hang out and inspire some young patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

The team was in town for a match and made time in between training to give back and visit a packed studio of fans.

Natalie, 10, told the team soccer is her favorite sport. When she said she also liked to dance, the team asked if she could show them some moves. Natalie bounced out of her chair, the DJ cued up “Juju On That Beat,” and Natalie showed Team USA how it’s done!

It was an extra special day for Kailyn, who is six, to be able to leave her hospital room for a little while to meet the players and take some pictures with them.

The team shared about training and dealing with injuries as well as how young they were when they started playing soccer and the honor of being part of Team USA.

Thank you Women’s National Team for visiting Seacrest Studios!

 

Sabrina Carpenter Performs ‘On Purpose’ For Patients At Seacrest Studios Dallas

Written by Paula Cuadrado, Media Programs Specialist at Seacrest Studios
Video by Chance Harris, Media Programs Manager at Seacrest Studios
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I love being able to tell our sweet patients that, yes, one of their favorite super stars is coming to see them right here in the hospital! I knew Sabrina Carpenter was interested in visiting to our Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and right before we nailed down the date and time, I was spending time visiting with one of my little friends who has frequent and lengthy hospital stays.

Ariana, who is seven, loves to interact with the Seacrest Studios. When she’s admitted here in the hospital, she usually can’t leave her room which means we bring the fun to her through our tv channel and by stopping by to see her. She loves to play Bingo and is always gracious for the prizes she wins like little ponies and stuffed animals.

The week before Sabrina came, she asked me if any celebrities were coming soon (her last hospital stay she got to talk to Keith Urban!) I asked her who she’d like to meet and told her, “I hear Sabrina Carpenter will be in town next week, should we invite her?” Her eyes widened and her head nodded up and down showing a big YES! I played it cool and told her I’d reach out and see if she could stop by, wink wink.

When we had the date and time confirmed, she was the first one we told! She almost couldn’t believe it! Since she wasn’t able to leave her room and join the crowd in the Seacrest Studios, we set her up to do a live video stream from her room so Sabrina could see her and talk to her, too. Ariana stroked her toy pony’s hair and asked Sabrina what she likes to do when she’s bored.

Several other patients got to sit next to Sabrina in the Seacrest Studios and ask her all their questions about her music and her roles on Girl Meets World and Adventures in Babysitting. It was so cute to hear the kids ask about specific scenes they remembered and ask their new friend about what was going on behind the scenes.

Right before Sabrina arrived we played her music in Seacrest Studios, and Jackee June requested her song “On Purpose.” That’s the song she ended up playing for the kids – a live, rendition of the song Jackee June had just requested! What a memorable moment!

After the interview, Sabrina signed an autograph for every kid who came by, and extras for those who couldn’t. She hugged many of the kids and took plenty of selfies with her fans. When the crowd cleared, she got to talk with Ariana again through the video conference. Ariana loves the app Musical.ly and is an expert at making fun videos set to music. She asked if Sabrina could make a musical.ly video with her and the two lip-synced and danced together to make an awesome clip!

When a celebrity such as Sabrina comes to visit Seacrest Studios, the impact goes far beyond the hour or so they are there. The anticipation leading up to the event is a positive distraction from the hospital world and the memories they make during the visit are the details they share with friends and family about their time away from home. And every now and then there’s the once-in-a-lifetime musical.ly to replay over and over again!

Thank you Sabrina for loving on our friends here in Dallas! We’ll see you next time!

 

Judah and the Lion Jam For Kids in Seacrest Studios Dallas

Judah and the Lion performed a mini concert inside Seacrest Studios during their visit to Children’s Medical Center Dallas. The band spent time performing in patients’ rooms before coming to the Seacrest Studios to play for kids there, as well as children watching the broadcast from their hospital rooms.

Before their performance, patients got to interview the band and asked about their instruments, the band name and what they like to do for fun. Patients clapped along and danced while Judah and the Lion performed several songs, including “Take it All Back.” Thanks, Judah and the Lion, for bringing your music to the kids! We loved jamming to your music and getting to know you!​

Chloe x Halle Brightens The Day At Seacrest Studios Dallas

Sisters Chloe x Halle brought smiles, hugs and lots of joy to patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas during their visit to Seacrest Studios.

The sister duet giggled at cute questions the kids asked and even danced along when 13-year-old Jesus asked if they knew “Juju on that Beat.”

Chloe x Halle wowed the studio crowd when they performed several songs for us – from Christmas carols to their song “Drop.”

Jireh, 16, brought his guitar and performed a Christmas song for the sisters, who effortlessly chimed in to harmonize with their new friend.

After the interview, Chloe x Halle posed for pictures and obliged to all the requests for silly Snapchat selfies. Thank you Chloe x Halle for stopping by to see our friends in Seacrest Studios! They’re still talking about how much fun it was!

Keith Urban Makes New Friends In Seacrest Studios Dallas

Video by Chance Harris

Recap by Paula Cuadrado

Photos by Lori Wilson

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Before country super star Keith Urban took the stage for his concert in Dallas, he stopped by the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center to meet some new friends.

Word of Keith’s visit quickly spread across the hospital, and young fans packed the Seacrest Studios and watched from their tv’s on the Red Balloon Network. The kids got to ask Keith questions and hang out with the country star.

Six-year-old Ariana asked Keith about his favorite food. She likes chicken nuggets, Keith picked chocolate cake. She also drew Keith a picture as a thank you gift for coming.

Prescott, who is 10, watched the live broadcast from his hospital room and called in to talk to Keith. He asked Keith when he started playing guitar, and Keith said he got his first guitar when he was six. And Evan, who is 9, asked what Keith’s other talents are besides music. Check out his funny answer in the video!

After many of the kids asked questions, Keith treated us all to a live performance of his song, “Wasted Time.” It was such a special private concert for our kids in Seacrest Studios and patients watching all across the hospital!

Keith also spent time taking pictures with the kids and their families and signed autographs. It was such a fun afternoon; everyone is still talking about it!

Thank you Keith Urban for coming to Seacrest Studios! We loved meeting you and hearing you sing!!

 

Olympian Madison Kocian Meets Fans at Seacrest Studios in Dallas

Video by: Chance Harris 
Photos by: Lori Wilson

Recap by: Paula Cuadrado 

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Team USA’s Madison Kocian stopped by to visit Seacrest Studios in her hometown of Dallas after the Rio Olympics. Patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas were so excited to greet the Olympian in studio!

Madison chatted with many patients during her visit, talking about what she loves about gymnastics, her favorite skill on bars and even what her favorite food is – ice cream!

We asked her what her favorite moment has been since winning two Olympic medals and Madison shared about being honored to throw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers, which is her favorite team!

Madison brought her gold and silver medals and let the kids hold them and take pictures with them. She signed autographs and encouraged kids to keep pursuing their dreams.

Thanks, Madison, for stopping by the Seacrest Studios! We wish you luck at UCLA!