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Child Life Activity Centers

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's has two Child Life Activity Centers. One is located on the fourth and is designed for younger patients. A teen lounge is located on the fifth floor. Both of these locations offer therapeutic environments that are specifically designed to promote the growth and development of our patients. This is considered a part of treatment for patients and families—psychologically safe spaces, free from medical exams, procedures, and interviews.

For patients, the Activity Centers are places to play freely, which allows them to explore their feelings and understanding of their healthcare experience. Activities are provided for all developmental stages in order to promote normal growth and development.

For parents, the Activity Centers are places to watch their children be children.

For siblings, the Activity Centers are places to support their brother/sister during hospitalization. They are also places for siblings to explore their own feelings about the healthcare experience and to feel supported by the healthcare team.

For Child Life specialists, the Activity Centers are places to help patients and their families master their healthcare experience through different types of play.

For our physicians and nurses, the Activity Centers are places to join in play and activities with our patients and families.

There are guidelines for visitation in the Activity Centers by sibling(s), other family members, and friends. Please contact your nurse or Child Life specialist for more information.

Activity rooms are open five days a week and occasionally on weekends.

Activity Center Hours
10 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
2 p.m.–4 p.m.
4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Other programs

In addition, Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Hospital offers a variety of other programs to help your family through your child’s hospitalization:

  • Hospital School Program—Provides patients treated at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s an opportunity to continue their schooling while in the hospital. Baylor Scott & White​ McLane Children’s is the Temple Independent School District hospital school campus. The program not only helps students keep up with their schoolwork but also aids in preserving the normal routines which are critical to recovery..
  • Community/School Education Services—Are provided through presentations on various topics such as child development, child life, camps, and retreats. Child Life also participates in local health fairs and career fairs on topics such as “going to the doctor” and “stress management.”
  • School Reentry Programs—Helps patients and their classmates adjust to a child’s return to school. When a patient returns to school after a new diagnosis of a chronic illness, prolonged hospitalization, or devastating injury, adjustment for the patient and his/her classmates can be difficult. Child life can provide assistance with the reintegration process.
  • Parent and/or Patient Support—Is provided through Parents Night Out and Support Group participation.
  • Parent Education—Is available on issues such as relaxation, play for the child with changed mobility, development, reactions to hospitalization or healthcare, and many other issues surrounding care for a patient.
  • Child Life Students — We currently offer a child life practicum in the fall and spring.