Family Center

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Ways to Play

Keep your family active and entertained in a safe environment. Whether you’re at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children or considering attending a camp or event on Lake Martin, Children’s Harbor has lots of fun things to offer.

The Family Center

The Children’s Harbor Family Center, located within the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, offers lots of ways for patients and their families to stay active and have fun during their hospital stay.

Toddler Play Area

Equipped with age-appropriate toys, games and activities — all in a safe environment, the playroom is a great place for young kids to spend time playing and burning off a little extra energy. Parents are welcome to play alongside their kids and help their imaginations blossom.

Make the most of it

Whatever games you play, let the younger kids “lead” for a little while. It helps them build confidence, creative skills and takes the pressure off of parents and older siblings too.

How to get there

The Toddler Play Area is located just inside the Children’s Harbor Family Center. It is available for use from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and 1:00 - 5:00 PM on weekends. There is no cost. Just sign in at the front desk.


Basketball Court

A quick game of basketball can be a great way to take your mind off things. The basketball court is just under half court with a high-ceiling, great natural daylight and a basketball goal ready to bring out your inner athlete.

Make the most of it

A game of “around the world” with family or others in the hospital provides a healthy break and can brighten everyone’s day.

How to get there

The Basketball Court is located inside the Children’s Harbor Family Center. A basketball is available for use. No reservations required. It’s free to use for patients and their families. Check with the front desk. Available for use from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and 1:00 - 5:00 PM on weekends.


Game Room

The Game Room at the Family Center offers fun for many ages with arcade-style games, a foosball table, air hockey and multiple Xbox game consoles and games. Younger kids, and some older ones too, also like to see if they can grab a new stuffed toy from the arcade claw machine.

Make the most of it

The Game Room is just around the corner from the Family and Computer Rooms, so everyone in your family, no matter their age, can find something fun to do.

How to get there

The Game Room is located inside the Children’s Harbor Family Center. It’s free to use for patients and their families, and is available for use from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and 1:00 - 5:00 PM on weekends. Questions? Check with the front desk, contact us at(205) 638-6123.


Computer Desks

Three computers with high-speed Internet connections are available to patients and families. Post updates to social media sites, check email, find local restaurants, research medical information or enjoy some down time playing games online.

Make the most of it

The Game Room, Toddler Play Area and Family Media Room are right around the corner from the Computer Room - so everyone in the family can find something to do nearby.

How to get there

The Game Room is located inside the Children’s Harbor Family Center. It is available for use for patients and their families from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and 1:00 - 5:00 PM on weekends. Questions? Contact (205) 638-6123.


Fitness Center

Take advantage of the fitness center in the Children’s Harbor Family Center. It includes two stationary bicycles, a treadmill, and a multi-station weight machine. For safety, parents are requested to exercise with their children under 14.

Make the most of it

Even light physical activity has been proven to offer a better mental state and helps us all cope with stressful situations.

How to get there

The Fitness Center is located inside the Children’s Harbor Family Center. It is available for use by patients and their families from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and 1:00 - 5:00 PM on weekends. Questions? Contact (205) 638-6123.