Creative Care for Kids | Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Creative Care for Kids

Creative care for kids
At Children’s National Medical Center, we know our patients need more than the best medical care – they also need the best support services. To help our patients on their journey, we offer:

Girl smelling a purple flower in our Healing Garden.

The Bunny Mellon Healing Garden

Patients and families can enjoy fresh air, the outdoors and inspiring views of the nation’s capital. Located on the roof outside the 3rd floor of the main hospital, the Healing Garden is open year-round, weather permitting, from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. It gives families dealing with health challenges a peaceful space to connect with nature and renew their spirits.

Hospital clowns laugh with a child.

Clown Care

Hospitals can seem like a scary place to children, whether they are a patient or a sibling. To help alleviate a family’s fears and anxiety, our Clown Care team provides artistic, humorous entertainment for our patients and families visiting or staying in the hospital.


Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services

Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services helps children transcend the hospital experience by bringing the cultural arts, arts education and animal visitation to patients at bedside and in the atrium.

Seacrest Studio

Seacrest Studios

At Seacrest Studios, patients explore radio, television and social media, share their on-air talents and participate in entertaining programs that are broadcast directly to patient rooms. Celebrity guests have included Ryan Seacrest, Olympian Katie Ledecky, fashion photographer Nigel Barker, singers Daya and Robin Thicke, actress Lucy Hale and more.

Children's books on a shelf.

Library Services

The Family Library, open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., offers a range of support services for families and staff. It is a quiet, comfortable place to read, send an email to family and friends or learn more about your child’s healthcare needs. Join us for Storybook Magic from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, when our family librarian reads stories and encourages patients and siblings to use their imagination. Patients age three and older may participate, but must be accompanied by an adult or child life specialist.