Programs and Services
Programs and Services

The Play Park

The Play Park is a project of the Women's Auxiliary in partnership with the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families. It is a safe and happy play place for brothers and sisters of our patients. Parents are welcome to leave children at the Play Park while they visit a child in hospital, talk to their child's doctor, or take a break between clinic appointments.

Who can use the Play Park?

The Play Park is for brothers and sisters of patients who are staying in the hospital or visiting clinics. Children over the age of 2 ½ are welcome in the Play Park. Children under age 2 ½ may visit the Play Park if a parent or authorized adult stays with them. To make sure every child is well cared for, we may need to limit the number of children in the Play Park. The maximum number of children allowed in the Play Park at the same time is 25. Hospital patients cannot use the Play Park. Children staying in the hospital can use the playrooms on each unit. The Play Park does not provide a day care service for hospital staff.

What happens in the Play Park?

Your child will have lots of fun in the Play Park, which looks like a little village! In the Art Gallery your child can work on many creative crafts, such as painting, drawing, and colouring. The School House has computers loaded with lots of games to entertain children of all ages. In the Theatre your child can watch a movie, play interactive games, or simply read a book. In the Toy Store your child will find many games and puzzles to encourage independent play. The Tree House offers children an opportunity to play house in a safe and fun environment. And to save as much time for play as possible, there's a bathroom in the Play Park too!


When is the Play Park open?

Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Does it cost anything to use the Play Park?

The Play Park is a free service offered to families by the Women's Auxiliary.

How do I sign in my child at the Play Park?

It's quick and easy to sign in your child at the Play Park! You do not need to book a space in advance. Just bring your child to the Play Park and tell us the following information:

  1. your child's name and age
  2. where you will be in the hospital and the telephone number where we can reach you
  3. the name of the brother or sister who is a patient at Sick Kids
  4. if it is okay to take your child to Storytime in the Reading Room
  5. how long you will be leaving your child in the Play Park
  6. who will pick up your child from the Play Park

We will also ask you to check on your child every 2 hours. You can do this in person or by calling the Play Park at 416-813-8884.

Before you can leave your child at the Play Park we will ask you if he or she has any signs of illness, such as a runny nose, fever, or cough. We will also ask if your child has recently been near someone who is sick. To protect the other children in the Play Park, we may not allow you to check in a sick child.


Who will look after my child in the Play Park?

The Play Park is staffed by Women's Auxiliary volunteers and Registered Early Childhood Educators who have been trained to educate, supervise, and play with children.

Will my child be given anything to eat or drink in the Play Park?

Due to the risk of food allergies, we do not give children in the Play Park anything to eat or drink. Also, we do not permit your child to bring in his or her own food or drinks. If you are going to be at the hospital for several hours, we ask that you take your child out of the Play Park for lunch.

There is no food or drink in the Play Park.

For more information, please contact:

Play Park
The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University
Atrium Main Floor, next to parking elevators
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-8884