Fun and entertainment

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 more enjoyable.

Our entertainment and recreation hub

Arts and craft area on Fun on Four

© Philip Gostelow

Level 4 houses PCH's main entertainment and recreation hub. It has lots of fun spaces, games and activities for patients, families, carers and visitors to enjoy, away from the wards and clinics. 

Located on Level 4 is:

Perth Children's Hospital Foundation's Fun on Four

Image of the toddler play area on Fun on Four at PCH

© Philip Gostelow
Run by Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation as part of its ongoing partnership with the Child and Adolescent Health Service, kids of all ages can: 
  • play video games
  • create arts and crafts
  • have their face painted
  • watch the latest movie releases in the bean bag cinema
  • play outside in our playground
  • read a book in the Book bunker.
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. For the full week’s schedule, look under ‘What’s on’ in the Patient Entertainment System (PES).

Opening hours

Patients and their families can visit Fun on Four between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 10am and 5pm on weekends. Fun on Four is closed on public holidays.

Kids under 14 years must have an adult with them when they visit. Read the Visiting Fun on Four guide for more information.

Starlight Children's Foundation

Starlight Children's Foundation captains

Co-located on Level 4 in Fun on Four is the Starlight Express Room. Join Captain Starlight and:
  • play video games
  • enjoy arts and crafts
  • get your face painted
  • watch and be a part of Starlight TV
  • watch a movie.
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

9.00am – 3.30pm, every day

Livewire

4pm to - 8pm, every day

Radio Lollipop

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 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

Telethon Kids Discovery Centre

Dad and kids inside at Telethon Kids Discovery Centre

Budding young scientists can now gain an insight into the world of research thanks to Telethon Kids Institute’s Discovery Centre.

Located on the Ground Level of PCH, the Centre brings together science and health research in a fun and educational way. Through games, children will be able to explore the human body and learn what researchers are doing in the Institute’s laboratories.

The centre features six digital interactives offering more than 25 different games, as well as a range of tactile exhibits.

One of the games encourages children to imitate immunotherapy, working together to help white blood cells defeat cancer cells. Another allows children to find out more about health by viewing the human body using medical scanning techniques, such as X-ray, ultrasound or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 

The Discovery Centre provides a unique engaging experience for children aged 7 and up and you never know – the parents might learn something too!

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm.

Groups are welcome, please email discoverycentre@telethonkids.org.au to make a booking. 

Find out more

discoverycentre.telethonkids.org.au  

Clown doctors

Clown Doctors are trained performers who take on the attributes of a doctor…but with fun thrown in

Imagine being sick in hospital, in need of a friend to play, laugh and smile with - that’s the magic of Clown Doctors! Clown Doctors are highly trained, professional performers who spread fun and laughter throughout the hospital, working to uplift sick children and assist in the emotional healing and empowerment of patients and ease the stress of their families and hospital staff.

By parodying the hospital routine with jokes, songs, magic and play, clown doctors engage children at their bedside, helping them to adapt to hospital life. Clown doctors work in partnership with medical professionals to divert children during painful procedures, calm and distract in emergency, encourage and assist during occupational therapy and physiotherapy, using humour to lighten the hospital environment and help parents, family members, hospital staff and most importantly -patients.

The Clown Doctors conduct rounds at PCH on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 3pm. For more information on how to get support from the Clown Doctors, visit the Humour Foundation’s website, or call 1300 HUMOUR (1300 486 687) between 8am and 6pm every weekday.

Gardens and outdoor play space

Outdoor recreation area

Our outdoor recreational space at PCH includes the Family outdoor play area on Level 4 and the green space outside the northern entrance on Ground Level.
Kids can play outside in the Family outdoor area, which includes:

  • a therapy garden
  • climbing walls
  • music garden with musical instruments to play
  • amphitheatre 
  • play equipment
  • a sensory garden
  • wheelchair friendly ramps.

The gardens of the northern greenspace, located between the hospital’s northern entrance and the QEII Medical Centre multi-deck carpark, feature native plants and trees, as well as areas to sit and relax.

In room entertainment

Each bed at PCH has a Patient Entertainment System (PES) that allows patients and families to access free-to-air and Foxtel television, patient and hospital information (like what's happening this week on Fun on Four).

Find out more

Find our more about the Patient Entertainment System and how to use it here.

Artist in Residence program

The CAHS Artist in Residence Program provides a range of creative and interactive activities and initiatives to patients, including:

Find out more

Read more about the Artist in Residence program.

Kids under 14 years must have an adult with them when they visit. Read the Visiting Fun on Four guide for more on visiting Fun on Four.
Kids under 14 years must have an adult with them when they visit. Read the Visiting Fun on Four guide for more on visiting Fun on Four.

Find out more

Patient Entertainment System

The hospital's bedside entertainment system.

Arts Program

Arts programs and initiatives for patients and families at PCH.