The Zone

Located on the first floor of Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai, The Zone is a therapeutic and educational play environment for patients and families to play, learn, laugh and relax. The Zone is a state-of the-art environment that offers a range of activities and opportunities that meet the special needs of children coping with illness and hospitalization. Children must receive medical clearance to enter the space. Please check the monthly schedule of activities posted on the units for specific group activity times.

The Zone at the Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai is the fifth facility of its kind to be created and funded by the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and The Troy Aikman Foundation. Under the leadership of country music star, Garth Brooks, and Hall of Fame legend, Troy Aikman, these organizations have made possible a unique therapeutic space in New York City with an enduring legacy. Additional support for The Zone comes from the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and The Mount Sinai Children's Center Foundation, as well as individual donors committed to helping seriously ill children and their families.

Zone Highlights

The Zone Family Resource Center
Children and their families can learn more about their condition and their treatment with the help of The Zone's full-time pediatric medical librarian in this state-of-the-art library. The Center faces Central Park and is also available for other activities such as support groups meetings and school sessions.

The Huddlenet
This open, airy, recreation area is the setting for organized and informal play and art activities. Facilities include The Kids Zone, The Teen Zone, a full kitchen, the Garth Brooks Stage (a performing space for children and celebrity guests), computers, and game tables. A printed schedule of activities is available in The Zone.

The Quiet Room
In this special room, certified practitioners provide healing services such as massage, meditation, and yoga. In addition, the Pediatric Chaplain at Mount Sinai conducts weekly healing circles and open chaplaincy consultation sessions, non-denominational sessions that help address the spiritual needs of patients and families.

Learning at the Zone
To help hospitalized children keep up with their schoolwork, New York State-certified teachers conduct lessons in The Zone every weekday during the academic year. This program receives funding from the New York City Department of Education.

KidZone TV is the first live, interactive broadcast studio in a children's hospital in the world and offers live and pre-recorded programming for viewing within the hospital. Children in The Zone can participate in program production behind and in front of the cameras, learning new skills and sharing them with others. Those who are confined to their room can participate in a range of activities broadcast on KidZone TV, such as games shows and question and answer sessions with musicians, actors, magicians, and sports stars.

The Zone Playbook
This comfortably furnished lounge is a great place to relax with a good book, or share a quiet conversation, away from the medical units.

The Zone Theater
Children and their families come to The Zone Theater for first-run movies and live entertainment. We also conduct other group activities in this space including music therapy, pet-assisted therapy, and parties of all kinds. The Zone Theater also houses fun centers, where patients can play Nintendo games, and the Starlight Starbright computers, where patients can go online to connect with other hospitalized children across the country through a special Starbright World network.

Contact Us

For information or to arrange a tour:
Tel: 212-241-6797

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On KidZone TV, the Culinary Kids learn about food allergies from Scott Sicherer, MD. View part I

On KidZone TV, the Culinary Kids get a crepe-making lesson from Top Chef Sandro Romano. View part II