At Children's Hospital Colorado, we know it is important to accommodate the family's needs as well as the patient's. Often, a sibling may come along for an appointment and need to be entertained or parents may need a place to sit and take a grown-up time out. For that reason, here are a few of the areas we have for kid's to use:
Creative Play Center for Siblings
The Creative Play Center is located on the first floor, just off the west end of the Fresh Market Place. Staffed by a supervisor and trained volunteers, the center offers a free and safe area for patients' brothers and sisters. The center is available on a first-come, first-served basis for children up to eight years old. This is a great place to play while you and your child are meeting with your care team.
Creative Play Center Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.- 12 noon; 1-4 p.m.; 5-8 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 10 a.m.- 12 noon; 1-4 p.m.
Please call the main number at (720) 777-6999 and ask for the Creative Play Center if you have questions.
Child Play Areas
Child play areas are located on each floor. Designed to meet the needs of children from infancy to young adults, play areas provide kids an opportunity to engage in everyday activities. A "safe-zone" free from medical procedures and treatments, play rooms help ease the stress of being in a hospital environment.
Child play rooms are staffed by volunteers who also visit rooms, providing support and a needed distraction for patients restricted to their rooms.
Additional play areas are located throughout the hospital. For example, the play area inside the Ponzio Surgery Center helps kids and their families relax prior to surgery. Similar rooms are also located in Intensive Care areas.
Gardens & Playgrounds
Sometimes kids just need to get outside and move around. There are several areas to grab a breath of fresh air during your stay. There is an outdoor eating area just outside The Fresh Market Place with plenty of room for kids to run free. The Garden of Hope, complete with a walking maze, is located just outside the Chapel on the first floor. There is also a Family Courtyard located outside the Cardiology Waiting Area on the 3rd floor.
There are two playgrounds for kids to enjoy. One is located by the outdoor eating area of the Fresh Market Place. The other is located just south of the Gary Pavilion which houses our psychiatry and behavioral health services and The Kempe Center.
Use our virtual tour to help you locate these areas before you arrive.