Play Areas & Family Spaces
From play rooms to toys and video games, kids can be kids at Blank Children's Hospital. We provide play areas for kids to play and we also provide family spaces so families can be a part of their child's healing and recovery process.
Family members are partners in the care of their child and are welcome to stay with their child 24 hours a day. Bedside accommodations for one adult family member are available. It is important for siblings to be included in the health care experience, however, an adult must accompany siblings under the age of 14. If you need help in preparing siblings for what they may experience and promote their ability to cope with the situation, please ask your caregiver. For siblings of babies in the NICU, please check with the Communication Station for sibling guidelines as the guidelines change seasonally.
Overnight family members must be at least 18 years old. Parents are welcome to stay anytime. Appropriate attire must be worn. If family member's clothing becomes soiled, you will be offered a gown to wear while your clothing is being laundered. It is a good idea to bring a change of clothing. Hospital scrubs can not be issued for security reasons.
NOTE: Anyone who has symptoms of a contagious illness such as fever, cough, cold, vomiting, diarrhea, cold sore or rash should not visit patients. Parents who have a contagious illness should consult with their nurse or doctor.
To promote, encourage and enhance family participation, family space is provided within the patient room and available on every floor next to the play area. Quiet spaces are at the end of the hallways on each floor. "The Family Living Space" on Blank 5 includes two respite rooms, a shower and a washer and dryer. Ask your caregiver for more information and for access.
The Blank Children's lobby provides a place where kids can play and families can gather. There are interactive features and child-friendly artwork.
Enjoy a breath of fresh air in the Bubble Garden, located outside to the left of Blank Children's main entrance, or in Lynne Cutler Park, located in the courtyard area. Access the park on level A.
These are available on every floor next to the Family Lounge. An adult must supervise children under 14.
Playroom on Blank 5
This playroom provides a variety of toys, games, arts, crafts, music and daily activities for inpatient children and their families. Supervised by child life specialists, activity assistants and volunteers, the playroom provides a safe and fun environment for patients to play and just be kids. Siblings of a patient using the playroom need to be supervised by an adult.
Toys and Games
A variety of toys and games are available for your child - they can be checked out to use in your child's room. Child life specialists, activity assistants and volunteers will visit your child to provide toys and games. You are encouraged to bring familiar toys from home to help comfort your child during their hospitalization. When finished with hospital provided toys, please leave them in your room to be sure they get cleaned before being returned to the playroom.
A video game system is available on your child's unit for use by patients. These gaming systems are sharing among all patients. If you bring a gaming system from home, it needs to be checked by our Bio Tech department before being plugged into the television. Ask your caregiver for assistance.
Wireless internet is available free of charge during your stay. Wireless coverage is available throughout the hospital. If you are having trouble gaining access, please call 1-877-374-0229 to listen to a recorded help message 24-hours a day.