While children are staying in the hospital, they need a place to simply be a kid and not worry about their medical care. At Children’s National, we offer playrooms on each inpatient unit to create a space that is fun, relaxing and social for children. Managed by our Child Life Specialists, all of the playrooms are considered “safe” rooms for children – meaning that no medical procedures can be performed in these rooms.
The hospital’s playrooms are designed for children of various ages, from very young children to teens. All of the playrooms are equipped with age-appropriate books, toys, games and arts and crafts.
We also have specific playrooms for adolescents and teens where they can play video games, watch a movie, use a computer or play board games. Children must be supervised by an adult family member at all times while in a playroom.
Hospitalization can be difficult for the whole family – including our patients’ brothers and sisters. We welcome siblings to use the playrooms and participate in planned supervised activities with the permission of the Child Life Specialist or unit staff. Siblings must be supervised by an adult family member and have completed a health screening.
Hours of operation:
- Playrooms are accessible Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- After hours, families can ask their child’s health care provider to unlock a playroom.