Fun stuff for kids

We know that visiting or staying in hospital can be a daunting for our patients, which is why we make sure there are plenty of fun things for them to do.

The Queensland Children’s Hospital works with our charitable partners to make the hospital a fun place for our patients to be. From the Patient Entertainment System (PES) to the Starlight Express Room, there are a range of activities and resources available that make visiting, or staying at the hospital a more positive experience for children.

Family Resource Centre

The Family Resource Centre on Level 2 (near the main reception desk)  also offers families computer and internet access, printing, free WiFi, phones, faxes, information on local support groups and services, health information resources, and volunteers who are on hand to assist in any way they can. The Centre, managed by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, offers a lounge and a play area for children up to eight years.

A supervised play service is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am-12pm, and 3pm-5pm.

Patient Entertainment System

The touch-screen Patient Entertainment System (or PES) found at each inpatient bedside and in other areas throughout the hospital, gives you access to free-to-air TV, Foxtel, radio channels and games.

Starlight Express Room

Open the doors to fun and laughter in the hospital
The Starlight Express Room is a super fun place and it’s right here in the Queensland Children’s Hospital. It’s where Captain Starlight and a team of amazing volunteers create a world of fun with games, arts, crafts, singing and dancing.

It’s a bright, happy place that looks and feels nothing like a hospital.

A place where everyone’s welcome
Everyone is welcome to visit the Starlight Express Room. Whether you’re in hospital for an appointment, a day, or for a longer stay, you can pop in, spend time together and enjoy all the fun and games. Brothers, sisters and whole families are welcome.

Please note: children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday | 9.30am-4.30pm
Saturday | 11.30am-4pm
Sunday | 10.30am-4pm

What if we can’t get to the Starlight Express Room?
For kids who can’t leave their hospital bed, Captain Starlight visits the hospital wards spreading some much-needed fun and laughter. Starlight TV also broadcasts all the fun of the Starlight Express Room live to kids’ bedsides daily.

Find out more on the Starlight website.


Starlight’s Livewire program is for teens aged between 12 and 20.

Livewire supports teenagers living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability by helping them connect with others, explore their creativity and develop new skills.

Livewire runs a range of creative workshops in the hospital including music, art, photography, film making, creative writing, multi-media and celebrity visits. Livewire also visits the hospital wards Monday to Saturday.

In the evening, the Starlight Express Room becomes a teen-only chill out zone where young people can build friendships, feel independent and connect with others who understand what they’re going through.

All Livewire hospital workshops are run by trained Livewire facilitators and a team of volunteers. Everyone is welcome to pop by!

You can also check the hospital events calendar to find out what’s on at QCH.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday | 6pm-7.30pm

Ronald McDonald Family Room

Located on Level 2 (2b), this room provides a quiet retreat for families to relax and eat. Services include a beverage bay with free tea and coffee, a microwave and sandwich toaster for preparing snacks, and a children’s play area.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday | 8am-4pm
Saturday to Sunday | 10am-2pm

For more information visit the Ronald McDonald Family Room website.

Radio Lollipop

Our in-house Radio Lollipop station gives young patients a voice and a choice during their stay. While they can´t say ‘no’ to taking their medicine or receiving treatment, they can request their favourite songs, win prizes and hear their own voices on the radio.

A live show is broadcast week nights 5.30pm-7.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am-11.30am to all wards in the hospital. Patients can tune in via the bedside Patient Entertainment System.

Read more about Radio Lollipop.

Book bunker

The Children’s Hospital Foundation Scholastic Book Bunker on Level 2 in the Family Resource Centre, has about 9,000 books for patients to choose from. For patients who can’t leave their beds, our hospital volunteers bring the books to you on a mobile trolley.

Juiced TV

The Children’s Hospital Foundation, in partnership with Juiced Enterprises, will broadcast ‘Juiced TV’ a weekly television show just for patients and families of the Queensland Children’s Hospital. Patients, past and present, will not only generate program content, but also be the stars of each show, along with their families, our staff, Pip Russell, and other special guests and performers.

Visit the Juiced TV website.