Play and recreation

Visits to hospital may sometimes be long, but they don’t have to be boring. PCH has a range of play and recreation facilities to make your stay at PCH more enjoyable. 

Play and recreation services

We recognise that babies, children and adolescents have different needs for play depending on their age, developmental needs and clinical
condition. Our play and recreation service is divided into three categories: 

Universal play

Universal play is for all children and is available at the bedside or in Fun on Four (Level 4), the Starlight Express and LiveWire rooms and Radio Lollipop. Children may access resources through the Toy Library, with support from PMH Volunteers and our non-government partners such as Clown Doctors, Captain Starlight and Animal Companions.

Targeted play

Targeted play is available for children who need specific activities or resources to achieve developmental or rehabilitation goals. A referral to the Occupational Therapy Play, Leisure and Engagement team (PLAE team) is required to access this service.

Clinical play

Clinical play is available for children who may be showing signs of distress or having difficulty coping and require additional clinical support during their stay in hospital. Occupational Therapists or Clinical Psychologists deliver this service on a referral basis.

Patient Entertainment System (PES)

The PES is a bedside device that helps patients and their visitors access free-to-air TV, patient and hospital information, radio, games and the Patient Meal Ordering
System (PMOS). To operate the PES, follow the simple steps below:

1. Once you have turned on your TV, you will be taken to the welcome screen.
2. Select your character and colour options from the side menu and click OK.
3. Click OK to view the PES tutorial – it will only take a minute.
4. From the home screen, select from the menu bar what you would like to do.
5. If you need help to navigate either the PES or Patient Meal Ordering System (PMOS), go to the information menu item on the home screen to find the quick reference guides. 

Fun on Four

Fun on Four is the hospital's main recreation area located on Level 4. It has fun spaces for patients, families and visitors to enjoy, away from the clinical environment.

Fun on Four is managed by Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, as part of its ongoing partnership with the Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Staff and volunteers from Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation are on-hand and encourage you to get involved in daily activities in the Fun on Four area.

Fun on Four outdoor recreation areas

Indoor facilities

Outdoor play area

  • ampitheatre seating area
  • therapy garden for allied health use
  • views of Kings Park and Perth City
  • soft-fall flooring.

Nature Play endorsed playground 

Features include:

  • climbing walls
  • sensory garden
  • music garden with musical instruments
  • shaded areas
  • drink fountains
  • wheelchair friendly ramps.

Starlight Children's Foundation 

The Starlight Express Room and Captain Starlight deliver fun-filled and innovative programs at PCH seven days a week. Located in Fun on Four, visitors can play games, watch movies, create art, see performances and watch and participate in Starlight TV. After 4pm, the Starlight room turns into Livewire, where visitors aged 12 years and older can go to take a break from the wards and participate in fun, age appropriate activities and workshops for older kids. For patients who are unable to leave their rooms, Captain Starlight and Livewire can visit you on the wards.

Opening hours

Starlight Express Room

Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Weekends, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Livewire

4pm to 8pm, 7 days a week

Radio Lollipop

Radio Lollipop broadcasts live every day from their studio on Fun on Four where patients can visit to see for themselves how a radio station operates. You can ring
Radio Lollipop on (08) 6456 5629 to request a song, chat, visit, enter some great competitions or even have a go at being a radio DJ.

Radio Lollipop request line hours

Monday to Friday, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Saturday, 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Sunday, 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Clown doctors

Clown doctors conduct ‘clown rounds’ four days a week visiting and delivering moments of magic to children and their families in hospital when they need it most.
They are skilled entertainers in magic, mime, music and puppetry. Clown doctor visit requests can be made by calling 1300HUMOUR (1300 486 687).The phone line 1300HUMOUR is covered 8.00am to 6.00pm (and sometimes longer) every weekday.

Gardens and outdoor recreational space

Our outdoor recreational space at PCH includes a large outdoor play area on Level 4 and the green space outside the northern entrance on Ground Level.
The gardens double as play areas and are planted with native and mature trees, connecting the hospital with nearby Kings Park.