The Child Life Zone

The Zone: A therapeutic and educational play environment for pediatric patients and their families at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai.

Pediatric patients at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai and their families can have a place of their own to play, learn, laugh and relax. 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 all patients (ages three and older) that receive care within the Department of Pediatrics at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. Medical clearance is required. The Child Life Zone is staffed by professionally credentialed Child Life Specialists, Child Life Assistants, Creative Arts Therapists, and graduate interns. Numerous consultants and volunteers share their talents in art, music, cooking, and more.

The Story Behind The Child Life Zone:
The Child Life 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. Under the leadership of country music star, Garth Brooks, and Hall of Fame legend, Troy Aikman, this organization has made possible a unique therapeutic space in New York City with an enduring legacy. Additional support for The Zone comes from the enCourage Kids Foundation and The Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation, as well as individual donors committed to helping seriously ill children and their families.

What Will I Find at The Child Life Zone?

KIDZONE TV: 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. Those who are confined to their room 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 THEATER: Pediatric patients and their families come to The Child Life Zone Theater for 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 RESOURCE CENTER: Pediatric patients and their families can learn more about their condition and their treatment with the help of the child life staff in this state-of-the-art library. This quiet space offers computer access for online information as well as printed reference materials. The Family Resource Center is also available for refreshments and other activities such as caregiver coffee hours.

THE HUDDLENET: This open, airy, recreation area is the setting for organized and informal play and art activities. Facilities include a full kitchen, the Garth Brooks Stage (a performing space for children and celebrity guests), computers, Starlight fun centers, and game tables. A printed schedule of activities is posted outside of The Child Life Zone.

THE QUIET ROOM: This comfortably furnished room with beautiful year round views of Central Park is a great place to relax or share a quiet conversation away from the medical units. In addition, certified practitioners provide healing services such as meditation and adaptive yoga in this special room.

LEARNING AT THE CHILD LIFE ZONE: To help hospitalized children and adolescents keep up with their schoolwork, New York State-certified teachers conduct lessons in The Child Life Zone every weekday during the academic year. All school-aged students may participate. This program is supported by the New York City Department of Education. 

: The pediatric surgical waiting area inside The Child Life Zone contains toys and activities for patients of all ages, as well as comfortable seating for family members. In this space, children and adolescents who are coming to the hospital for surgery can engage in organized and informal play activities in an inviting atmosphere.

How You Can Help:
Volunteers help make The Child Life Zone programs and activities available to as many patients and families as possible. You do not need to have a special skill or talent to be a valuable member of the team. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the
Department of Volunteer Services at: 212-241-0478

For information on making a financial contribution to The Child Life Zone, please contact:
Diane Rode
Director, Child Life and
Creative Arts Therapy Department
212-241-8024 or

The Child Life Zone at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai
Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1153
New York, NY 10029

For more information about The Child Life Zone, please call 212-241-0565.