Family Spaces and Services
Family Spaces and Services
We understand that a hospital stay can sometimes be difficult and overwhelming. Penn State Children’s Hospital’s offers a variety of amenities aimed at families to make your stay more convenient and comfortable.
Find a family space
If you have questions about family spaces or services, contact Patient Experience
Ronald McDonald Family Room
Sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of central PA, this room offers:
- Kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave
- Free snacks and coffee
- Private rooms for consultations and parent education
- Washer and dryer (detergent available)
- Self-care and shower items
- TV for family use
- Movies, video games, and music
At night, this room provides sleeping accommodations for a limited number of guests. Learn how you can sleep in the Ronald McDonald Room or find other family accommodations in the hospital.
Location: Seventh floor of the main hospital, across the hall from the south elevators
Our family lounges give you a place to relax, take a break, and get a snack. Our lounges provide:
- A kitchen with a sink, microwave, and refrigerator
- Free coffee and snacks
- Board games and crafts
- Books and other reading materials
A washer and dryer with free detergent is located down the hall.
Location: Third and fourth floors of the Children’s Hospital, in between the patient units
Tree House Café
Smaller than the Rotunda Café, the Tree House Café offers food including brick-oven pizza and made-to-order deli sandwiches.
First floor of the Children’s Hospital
- Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Families of patients at the Children’s Hospital can enjoy free access to the state-of-the-art Fitness Center. The gym offers:
- Walk-in classes, including yoga, cycling, and Zumba
- Racquetball and squash courts
- Personal training (fee-based)
- Monday through Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Summer hours, from Memorial Day to Labor Day
- Monday through Thursday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
- Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
600 University Drive, HS 97
Hershey, PA 17033
We offer a number of services to help make your time at the Children’s Hospital more pleasant. These include:
- Free parking: Parking is free and available to patients and visitors at the Medical Center’s main entrance. Download a campus map (PDF).
- Free meal tray: Parents get one free meal tray per hospital stay from the cafeteria. Learn about other in-house dining options.
- Splash Paks: Every patient room is stocked with free shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, courtesy of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA.
- Laundry: Washers and dryers with free detergent and dryer sheets are located on the third and fourth floors of the Children’s Hospital.