The Child Life Services play program operates out of the The Marian Alexander Playroom, also known as the Child Life Playroom. The child life playroom offers a variety of toys and activities to support all ages and interest. Patients and families can participate in individual or small group activities and check out items to use in their rooms when the playroom is closed. The child life playroom is supervised by a member of the child life department so even if a patient does not have a caregiver present with them, patients are still allowed to visit and play under the safe care of our staff. The playroom is also considered a “safe” place within the hospital, where no medical procedures or conversations can happen.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:00pm and 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturdays/Sundays from 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

Virtual Tour: Take a virtual tour of the Child Life Playroom.

What Is There to Do in the Child Life Playroom and the Play Program?

Children can:

  • Play and find outlets for self-expression

  • Participate in individual and small group activities

  • Check out toys, games, books, and crafts for use in their rooms

Who Can Use the Child Life Playroom?

  • All inpatients, from infants through adolescents, can play during supervised play sessions.

  • Inpatients who have immune systems that may be compromised can discuss "off-time" sessions with their child life specialist.

  • If your child is unable to visit the playroom, our staff are happy to provide you with activities for your child and family to use in his or her own room.

Can Siblings or Outpatients Visit the Child Life Playroom?

  • Siblings are welcome to visit the Child Life Playroom when they are with both a patient and a caregiver.

  • Siblings of patients hospitalized in our intensive care units (NICU, PICU, and CICU) who are under 12 can visit with a caregiver present.

  • Siblings and outpatients ages 2 -11 years are welcome to use the Sibling Playroom on the lower level.