Pre-Surgery Tour


A pre-surgery tour will help your child understand the operation

Children's Hospital Colorado pre-surgery tour will help you and your child envision what the day of the operation will be like. Many parents and patients believe the tour was the best way to understand what happens before, during and after the operation, and knowing what to expect helped them feel much calmer and more relaxed the day of the procedure.

Pre-surgerytours are led by our Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Specialists. Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life Specialists have special training to discuss the "whys" as well as the "whats" with your child in a non-threatening and age-appropriate manner. Our specialists are sensitive to your child's needs and make every effort to make the hospital environment feel normal to your child. 

On your tour, which takes about one hour, you will see an operating room, learn your way around the hospital and have a chance to talk about what happens on the day of surgery.

When to Tour the Hospital

Generally, younger kids have a shorter memory and older kids do better with more time to prepare. These age guidelines can help you schedule your tour:

  • 2 years of age: parents are encouraged to view pre-surgery video
  • 5 years of age: one to five days before the operation.
  • 10 years of age: one week to ten days before the operation.
  • 18 years of age: one to two weeks before the operation.

Make a Reservation for a Surgery Preparation Tour

Call (720) 777-3991 or email us and include the information listed below with your request. Please give two tour options that will work for you. We will contact you within a few days to confirm a date and a time. Please note that pre-surgery tours are only available at the hospital on Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

  • Your name
  • Child's name (spell last name)
  • Child's age
  • Child's date of birth
  • Type of operation or procedure
  • Date of operation
  • Date you would like to tour; please give two dates that would work for you
  • The number of people who will attend the tour; please limit to immediate family members only
  • Your name and a phone number where you can be reached Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Important Tour Tips

  • Generally, the second Thursday of each month, the 4 p.m. tour is unavailable.
  • Arrive a few minutes early as we start the tours promptly.
  • Tours last approximately 1 hour
  • Please limit the number of people in your tour to immediate family members only (parents/guardian)
  • During Visitor Restriction periods (flu season) siblings are not allowed on tours or in the hospital.
  • Please note it is important to schedule your tour as soon as possible to ensure the tour date you desire.
  • Tours can be cancelled due to holiday activity and or department scheduling needs.
  • If you need to cancel your tour, please do so as soon as possible via email or by calling (720) 777-3991.
  • If we have to cancel your tour, we will contact you with available options.