Activities for Kids
Our mission at Children’s Health has always been to make life better for children. That is why we offer services and activities to our patients that are not only designed to treat the physical, but also the emotional and psychological aspects of childhood illness.
The art studio is a calming and inspiring place that gives patients a chance to leave their hospital room to color, paint, make arts and crafts and let their imagination run wild; siblings are welcome, too. When patients are not able to leave their rooms, we bring art supplies to them so they can create masterpieces at the bedside.Learn more about our pediatric therapeutic arts room
Teddy Bear Clinic
Child Life specialists at Children’s use a variety of methods to help children cope while they are at the hospital. Teddy Bear clinics are just one of the many ways children are able to feel empowered and in control of their situation.
Patients go through a special kind of healing process as they walk in their parent’s footsteps for a day. Children hand over their stuffed animals at triage, radiology, IV poles, X-ray and surgical areas designed just for the miniature patients. Patients are soon reunited with their healthy teddy bears which helps them new perspective.Learn more about the Teddy Bear clinic
Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center Dallas is proud to share our model train display, featuring the Dallas skyline and, in the winter time, holiday decorations. Patients can walk through the trains on the first floor or view the span of trains from the second floor. Felder Fitzgerald, a.k.a. “the train engineer” is our model train expert who maintains the display.Learn more about our train display
Playrooms provide a fun and safe place for patients and families to get out of their room to enjoy playtime. Click images below to see a larger view of some of our playrooms for various age groups.
During hospitalization, children often experience heightened fear and anxiety or a feeling that they lack any control. Music therapy can help address these and other needs by providing
opportunities for patients to make independent choices and express themselves through the medium of music. Music therapy sessions at Children’s Health are designed to help patients and their families cope with hospitalization and improve their physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing.
Paws for Hope Pet-Assisted Therapy Program
The Paws for Hope Pet-Assisted Therapy Program presented by Petsmart Charities at Children’s Medical Center helps deliver the comfort of home to patients’ hospital rooms, ambulatory clinic and playrooms. The power of an animal to promote positive coping in an unfamiliar or even scary environment during challenging situations is amazing.Lear more about Paws for Hope Pet-Assisted Therapy Program
Seacrest Studios is an interactive space where young patients can explore the creative aspects of radio, television and new media. Besides giving patients the chance to learn, explore and play interactive games, the studio actually broadcasts entertainment programs in the hospital through the Children’s Red Balloon Network.Learn more about Seacrest Studios