Miller Children’s Hospital has six playrooms and activity rooms, with services provided seven days a week. The playrooms cover four major areas within the hospital where patients spend the night and in two areas where patients go for a center or clinic visit. They provide structured and unstructured developmental activity, medical play, diversion and entertainment for patients and their siblings.
Miller Children’s Hospital also has a “resident artist,” who visits regularly to conduct art workshops. Each visit brings a different theme or a variety of art projects, which can be hung in the patient’s rooms or are sometimes put on display in the hospital.
Many of the playrooms are also a good outlet for teens, where computers and video game units, such as Wii® and Xbox360®, are available for fun. Teens also have access to their own special Teen Room and Kacie's Kloset, a closet full of fun stuff just for teenagers.
The Toys “R” Us Playroom introduces play and early stimulation to young patients from infancy to age 6. This playroom is located on the south floor of the general pediatrics unit, where some of our youngest patients stay. Patients in this playroom participate in a variety of educational and therapeutic play activities such as art, games, dramatic play, puppetry and storytime. The playroom has been the generous gift of Toys “R” Us Corporation.
The Starlight Room is an aquatic delight that provides multimedia entertainment with a variety of diversional and therapeutic activity for patients of all ages. With its underwater motif, 60-inch TV, X-Box 360, Nintendo 64, the most up-to-date video games, computers with internet connections, books, board games and arts and crafts, it is a great escape from hospital routine. Development and operation of this playroom has been a generous gift from Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The Hematology/Oncology Playroom is a multimedia entertainment and therapeutic activity room for patients aged 0-21 with cancer and blood disorders. The room features the most up-to-date video games, computers with Internet connections and a weekly Discovery Arts program, provides a complete healing environment, by bringing a craft and entertainment program to patients. The Discovery Arts Program sets the playroom tone with music, dance and art. Each child is also given their own costume that they can dress up in and keep even after their hospital stay.
Our newest playroom in the Outpatient Center provides a soothing place for patients to learn about scheduled procedures and treatments through developmental play. We prepare patients and provide distraction and diversional activities to patients waiting for surgery in our Outpatient Surgery Playroom.
Our Miller West Playroom—one of our largest playrooms on campus—provides structured activity for patients of all ages. An air hockey table, flat screen TV, computers with Internet access, and a Nintendo Wii all contribute to the fun.