Visiting & Staying

Notice to Visitors

Our people mover entrance from P1 to the Main Atrium is temporarily open. The people movers will be used as walking ramps, not moving walkways. Due to this change, the pick-up and drop-off location for the Brookland Metro, Columbia Heights, Union Station, or Massachusetts Avenue shuttles will be the P1 parking garage entrance for the next several months. Shuttles will continue to run as usual, please note you will now be dropped up and picked up at our P1 entrance.

We appreciate your patience as we enhance our facilities.

Announcing a new option for patients at mealtime: Dining On Call. Patients can order what they want, when they want! View our Patient Dining Menu. 

At Children’s National, we strive to make you and your child’s visit or extended stay both safe and comfortable. Whether you’re visiting our Main Hospital in Washington, DC, or one of our outpatient centers throughout the region, it can be stressful and you may have questions before your visit or even during your child’s appointment or extended stay.

Special Travel Advisory for Visitors: If you have visited West Africa within 21 days, please notify a Children’s National team member when you check in. 

Helpful Links and Resources

(en español)

  • Visiting an outpatient center or primary care practice? Search by location for directions, hours of operation, contact information, amenities, and services
  • Watch the videos featured in our “Visiting” playlist to better understand how we serve our patients and families
  • Learn more about our unique Healing Garden, a relaxing outdoor space for children and their families to connect with nature

Visiting Guidelines & Hours

Parents, guardians, and family friends are encouraged to visit children who are staying in the hospital. Children’s National has guidelines for visitors that help us maintain a safe and calm environment for high-quality care.

Transportation & Parking

Children's National Health System's Main Campus is easily accessible if you are driving or taking public transportation. Our Main Campus also has onsite parking for families.

physicians talking in hospital

Emergency Department

Children’s National has two Emergency Departments to meet the needs of our patients. For your convenience, Children’s National offers real-time information on the wait times at our Emergency Departments.

Staying Overnight

At Children’s National Health System, our approach to caring for patients involves the entire family. As our partner in care, we work closely with you to ensure the best outcomes and a positive experience while your child is a patient with us.

Patient Family Rights

Patient Family Rights

Learn about our privacy commitment, patient rights, and who to contact if you have concerns.

Snacks, Children's pediatric Food Allergy program diagnoses children with food allergies to peanuts, milk, wheat gluten.

Food and Drink Amenities

Learn about our retail food operations, dining cards, coffee bars, vending machines, and kosher pantry at Children's National. 

Bunny Mellon Healing Garden

Kids being treated at Children's National have a way to enjoy fresh air, the outdoors and inspiring views of the nation's capital at our Healing Garden.

My Dining Patient Menu

My Dining Patient Menu

Order your meals when you are ready to eat!

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MyBearGuide Mobile App

MyBearGuide gives visitors essential information on navigating through the hospital along with ER wait times.

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