Individual Playtime and Tutoring

Patients who can't be around other children, due to immunosuppression or seizure monitoring equipment, may schedule one-hour individual sessions in the hospital's activity rooms and School Room. This ensures that every hospitalized child or teen has the opportunity to engage in activities that are therapeutic and supportive of development.

School Room

Certified teachers provide one-to-one tutoring services to school-age patients from kindergarten to the 12th grade. If a school teacher isn't available, schoolroom volunteers engage patients in educational activities or parents can provide supervision.

Time Slots
9 – 10 a.m.
1 – 3 p.m.

Activity Rooms


In the Playroom, parents and children have access to open shelves and unlocked cabinets stocked with toys, board games, puzzles, books and craft materials for all ages. Toys that are not labeled "Playroom Only" may be checked out and brought back to the child's room. When your child is through with the toy, please place it one of the bins marked "Dirty Toy Bin." A dirty toy bin is always located in front of the playroom door. For more information about the playroom, please contact the playroom coordinator.

Time Slots
Noon – 1 p.m.
1 – 2 p.m.
4 – 5 p.m.
5 – 6 p.m.

Teen Lounge

The Teen Room gives patients 13 years of age and older access to a foosball and pool table, a computer, a PS3, Wii, board games, books, magazines and arts and crafts projects. Teens are welcome to listen to music in the Teen Lounge. Board games, books and magazines may be checked out and brought to the patient's room.

Time Slots
4 – 5 p.m.
5 – 6 p.m.

All Stars Technology Room

The All Stars room has computers with high speed Internet, so patients can email, play games on kid-friendly Web sites, print pictures and instant message on AOL or Yahoo messenger. The room also offers a variety of video games systems — including Wii, Xbox and PS3 — which can be played and projected onto a large screen. A full stereo with a radio, tape CD, and DVD player is also available.

Rules and Supervision

Please accompany your child to individual sessions. If a Child Life volunteer is available, he or she may help escort your child to and from the room and assist during the session. However, we encourage parents to stay with children even if a volunteer is present.

At the end of a session, please put away any materials that were used. If an infant or toddler has put a toy in his or her mouth, that toy should be placed in the dirty toy bin. We appreciate sessions beginning and ending on time, so we can accommodate all our patients and families.

How to Sign Up

To sign up for individual playtime in the Playroom, All Stars Technology Room, or Teen Lounge, please call the Playroom between 10 a.m. and noon at extension 3-1221, or (415) 353-1221 from outside the hospital. The playroom coordinator or child life specialist will receive the request and ensure that a time is available.

To sign up for individual time in the School Room, please call between 10 a.m. and noon at extension 3-1310, or (415) 353-1310 from outside the hospital, Monday to Friday. A school teacher will receive the request and ensure that a time and staff member is available.

If a parent is unable to escort and supervise a child or teen, please inform us when you call so we can try to schedule a volunteer.

For all rooms, patients can sign up for one-hour blocks of individual time.

Read more about Child Life Services and what we offer young patients and their families.

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For more information, contact Child Life at (415) 353-1203.

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