Pre-surgical Tour

We encourage families to visit the hospital for a Pre-Surgical tour so children and caregivers can familiarize themselves with the hospital and the surgical process by making the environment more comfortable, friendly and fun for them. Tours are conducted every Sunday at 2:00p.m. and include a visit to the Main Atrium, Surgery Waiting/Registration Areas, Pre-Op areas, Recovery rooms, and (for inpatients) an inpatient unit. The tour concludes with refreshments and a question-and-answer period. Pre-registration is required.
  • Tour the Surgery Preparation and Recovery Center 

  • Learn what to expect on the day of surgery

  • Learn simple facts about anesthesia 

Every Sunday of each month at 2:00p.m. Please arrive at 1:45p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: The Pre-Surgical Tour will NOT be held on the following dates: Sunday, April 23; Sunday, May 28; Sunday, July 2; and Sunday, September 3. Please plan to attend a different tour day that works near your scheduled surgical date.

Length of tour: 1.5 hours 

Where: You can park in the underground hospital parking garage and come to the MAIN ATRIUM WELCOME DESK on the first floor. You will see the big hot air balloons right near the Welcome Desk and the Pre-Surgical Tour staff will be set up next to the welcome desk in the main atrium. All visitors must sign in at the Welcome Desk and those over 18 years old must receive a visitor's ID badge. A valid photo ID is required to receive a badge.

Register: Pre-registration is required. To register for an upcoming tour, please call 202-476-3812 or fill out the form here. There is also an online pre-surgical tour video in language that is easy for children to understand. The video can be viewed in English or Spanish. Visit and look under “For Patients and Families.” 

Children’s National Health System 
Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Medicine 
111 Michigan Ave NWWashington, DC 

More information: Call 202-476-3812

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