The Child Life Zone

The Child Life Zone, also called The Zone, is a therapeutic and educational play environment for pediatric patients and their families at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital.

The Zone offers a place to play, learn, laugh, and relax for your child and your family. The Child Life Zone is a state-of-the-art environment that meets the special needs of children and adolescents coping with illness and hospitalization. Open seven days a week, The Child Life Zone is available to medically cleared patients who receive care within the Department of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital.

The Child Life Zone is staffed by professionally credentialed child life specialists, creative arts therapists, and child life assistants. In The Zone, graduate interns, volunteers and community partners share their talents in art, music, and more.

Inside the Zone

At The Child Life Zone, we have several programs designed to appeal to young patients.

KidZone TV is a state-of-the-art interactive production and broadcast studio offering live and pre-recorded programming for viewing within the hospital. Children and adolescents in The Child Life Zone can participate in program production behind and in front of the cameras, learning new skills and sharing them with others. Children who are confined to their rooms or in other areas of the hospital can participate in a range of activities broadcast on KidZone TV, such as game shows and question and answer sessions with musicians, actors, magicians, and sports stars.

The Huddlenet is an open, airy, recreation area designed for organized and informal play and art activities. It has a full kitchen, a performance stage, video game consoles, and game tables. 

The Teen Lounge is an area of the Zone dedicated to our adolescent patient population.  Programming in this area which includes art, technology based activities, and gaming, helps patients experience fun, explore their creativity, and socialize with hospital peers. 

The Theater offers first-run movies and live entertainment. Patient and family support groups, special events, and educational experiences all take place in this dynamic environment.

The Family Corner is an inviting space for family members of pediatric patients.  The  space features a computer with internet access for online information, complimentary coffee and tea, a phone charging station, and other amenities to ease the hospital stay.

The Quiet Room is a comfortably furnished room with beautiful year-round views of Central Park. A great place to relax or talk quietly, away from the medical units. In addition, we offer healing services such as meditation, in this special room.

The Story Behind The Child Life Zone

The Child Life Zone was created and funded by the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, under the leadership of country music star, Garth Brooks. Additional support for The Child Life Zone comes from the enCourage Kids Foundation, The Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation, and individual donors committed to helping seriously ill children and their families.

How You Can Help

Volunteers help make The Child Life Zone programs and activities available to as many patients and families as possible. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Department of Volunteer Services at VolunteerDept@
, or 212-241-0478. For information on making a financial contribution to The Child Life and Creative Arts Department, please contact: Morgan Stojanowski, Director, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, at or 212-241-2939