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Altitude gift shop

Located in the Take Flight Gallery around the corner from the Up Cafe, Altitude gift shop has everything from unique gift items to things you may need during your stay here. The gift shop is open Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (no Sundays or major holidays). Please call ahead as hours may change.

If you'd like to order something for a patient, please call 937-641-3890 Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Unfortunately, we aren't able to take orders on weekends or major holidays. 

ATM (cash machine)

A cash machine is available across from the purple elevators at the main campus. There is no fee to use the ATM, though your own bank may charge one.

charging stations

We know you want to stay connected when you are here. That's why we offer convenient charging stations for your phone, laptop or tablet free of charge throughout each campus. Ask a staff member where the nearest charging station is located.

play spaces

Dayton Children’s has child life specialists as part of the care team. Child life specialists are pediatric health care professionals who work with children to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness and disability. They provide children with distraction techniques during select procedures, age-appropriate preparation for medical procedures, coping strategies and play activities.

main campus

For patients and their siblings, there are play spaces throughout the main campus for your convenience. Play areas are located on each floor. However, all units throughout the hospital have toys, games and books for children. All children should be supervised by a parent or guardian while in the play areas.

We also offer the SkyDeck on the fourth floor of the patient tower. This outdoor space is open sunrise to sunset spring to fall. One side is open to all visitors and the other side is open to our hematology and oncology patient families. Inpatient children need an order from a provider to visit the SkyDeck.

The Children’s Garden

The Children’s Garden is located across Valley Street from Dayton Children’s main campus. Visitors to the garden are greeted by a giant caterpillar welcoming children and families to this whimsical wonderland to play and learn about the natural world. Additional accessible entrances are along Valley Street.

In the garden, a massive green slide, an intricate orange rope-climbing jungle gym and wooden climbing posts encourage children to challenge themselves. A sundial tells the time and an animal pathway takes through kids a maze of fun. Raised garden beds, an orchard and sensory garden also help children connect with nature using all of their senses. The garden has a variety of activities that appeal to varying levels of ability, ages and comfort with nature.

The garden is accessible to patient families, excluding inpatient children, and our Greater Old North Dayton neighborhood and City of Dayton residents.

To ensure the Children’s Garden remains a safe place for all children to play and explore, please abide by the following rules:

  1. All children should be accompanied by an adult. 
  2. Inpatient children are not permitted while they are admitted.
  3. Weapons and smoking are not permitted.
  4. Skateboards, bikes, rollerblades or scooters are not permitted.
  5. Pets, with the exception of service dogs, are not permitted.
  6. Proper footwear is required.
  7. Playground equipment can get hot. Please check before playing.
  8. Do not pick, collect or eat plants or fruit.
  9. Park closes at sunset.
  10. Use at your own risk.


Ronald McDonald Family Room

The Ronald McDonald Family Room offers parents, guardians, grandparents and siblings a quiet place to have a break, take a nap in a nap pod, shower, or do laundry, all at no cost. The Family Room also has coffee, snacks, and lite meal options. To get there, take the tower elevators to the first floor, then the yellow elevators to the fourth floor.  The Family Room is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, weekends from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Their phone number is 937-641-5875. They welcome up to 4 immediate family members per family per visit. Immediate family members are: parents, guardians, grandparents, or siblings of a hospitalized child. Patients are not allowed in the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

View a tour of the Family Room and see the beautiful space and amenities!

toiletry items for inpatient families

We have a variety of personal care items available at no cost for our inpatient families. Ask your nurse if you need any of the following:

  • Body lotion
  • Body wash
  • Comb
  • Dove(R) deodorant
  • Hair brush
  • Lip balm
  • Loofa
  • Mixed Chicks(R) shampoo and conditioner
  • Pantene(R) 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrush - child or adult


wheelchairs, carts and wagons

Available for loan at our main entrances and welcome center. 

free guest wi-fi

Wi-fi is available throughout our facilities.  To access, please check the wireless setting and click on “Dayton Children’s Guest Wireless.” No passwords are required. 

Beginning March 29, 2023, TikTok will be blocked on our guest wi-fi.

View guest wireless terms and conditions at this link.


main campus map

Below is a map of the main hospital. For a complete list of clinic locations and a  overview of the full main campus, click here.rendering of main campus including parking and elevators


mykidschart contact us

MyKidsChart makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your child’s care team, view your child’s medication information and receive important health reminders by email.

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Have a question about Dayton Children’s? Call our main line at 937-641-4000 or visit our contact us page for more information.