The Child Life Zone

Kids come first at The Child Life Zone. Located on our Children’s Minnesota St. Paul campus, The Zone is a unique space where patients and their families play, learn, laugh and relax. Built through support from Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, this state-of-the-art environment provides children and teens a place to connect with others and explore healing therapies while doing what they love.

Staffed by child life specialists, The Child Life Zone features a variety of experiences for all ages:

  • Expressive arts & crafts center
  • Microsoft media wall with a multitude of gaming options
  • Star Studio performance space with a music recording studio
  • Classic games like air hockey, pinball, and a photo booth
  • 3D printer and interactive robots
  • Imaginative play materials
  • Visits from special guests – sports and entertainment personalities, artists, Master Gardeners, PAWH dog visits, MN Zoo, and more!

Who can use The Child Life Zone?

  • Inpatients who are on Standard Precautions (Approval from nurse and Zone sticker required)
  • All other visitors who pass a health screening at the Welcome Desk:
    • Outpatients who are on campus for appointments
    • Special guests
  • Sibling Drop Off – Siblings 2 years and older may be signed in for 90 minutes with our Child Life staff for short-term supervised care. All siblings must pass a wellness screening at the Welcome Desk and be free of any ill symptoms. This service is available Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to noon

Location and hours

Children’s Minnesota Hospital – St. Paul
River Tower – 3rd Floor (next to the Family Resource Center)

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – noon, 2-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed until further notice.
Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Contact us

Phone: 651-220-9663 (Monday-Saturday during regular hours)