Activities for Patients and Siblings

Activities for Patients and Siblings

Penn State Children’s Hospital has playrooms, teen lounges, a performance stage, and other fun activities for patients and their siblings.

Free WiFi internet access is available, so feel free to bring your personal laptop for your child or for your own use.

Attend a Sibshop

Call

717-531-8366 option 1, or email Child Life for the next available date and time.

Child Life Sibshops

As a child, having a sibling with chronic medical needs can feel isolating. Sibshops are free, three-hour workshops that allow brothers and sisters of patients to meet, talk about their experiences, and have fun.

Sibshops are sponsored by our Child Life Program.

The Child Life Program at Penn State Children’s Hospital helps children and families prepare for and cope with the potential stressors of a hospital or health care setting. Our trained Child Life specialists use therapeutic play and other educational or emotional support techniques to help prepare children for surgery, radiology, or other procedures, and we’re available to answer a wide range of questions from patients and their family members.

Who: Siblings of patients, ages 6 to 13

When: Select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Call 717-531-8366, option 1 or email childlife@pennstatehealth.psu.edu for the next available date and time.

Location: Children's Hospital

Two children hug at a Penn State Children’s Hospital Sibshops workshop
Two children hug at a Penn State Children’s Hospital Sibshops workshop

Performance area

In the performance area, kids can enjoy puppet shows, performances by theatre groups, and other events.

Athletes, including players on the Hershey Bears hockey team and the Harrisburg Senators minor league baseball team, make appearances here and even tour the halls and rooms!

Patients who are unable to leave their rooms can watch performances on their TVs by tuning to channel 01.

When: Check with a Child Life team member about activates and events..

Location: Outside the Tree House Café on the first floor of the Children’s Hospital

In the performance area, kids can enjoy many events
In the performance area, kids can enjoy many events

Contact a Child Life specialist

Our Child Life specialists use therapeutic play to help patients and their siblings deal with the stress of an illness or hospital stay.

Call 717-531-8366 or email childlife@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to speak to a Child Life specialist.

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