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 activities
  • Individual and group sessions with child life professionals, music therapists, and healing arts coordinator
  • Star Studio performance space that broadcasts live interactive television shows
  • Photo booth center
  • Air hockey and bubble hockey tables
  • Mini athletic court
  • Imaginative play materials
  • Media wall with gaming systems
  • Smart Table
  • 3D printer utilized with child life staff
  • Authentic display lockers
  • Children’s Minnesota libraries
  • Zone Speedway remote control racetrack
  • Kitchen/serving area
  • Sibling Play check-in (mornings Monday – Friday; age 2 and older)
  • Visits from special guests such as sports and entertainment personalities, zoo animals, artists, Master Gardeners, superheroes, therapy dogs, etc.
  • Special events hosted by child life, community outreach organizations and corporate groups such as themed celebrations, craft workshops, holiday parties, ice-cream socials, etc.

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

Location and hours

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

Monday: 10:00-12:30, 2:00-6:00
Tuesday: 10:00-12:30, 2:00-8:00
Wednesday: 10:00-12:30, 2:00-8:00
Thursday: 10:00-12:30, 2:00-8:00
Friday: 10:00-12:30, 2:00-6:00
Saturday: 10:00-4:00
Sunday: 12:00-4:00

Contact us

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