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Food & Personal Services

Dietitians work with you and your health care team
to develop a meal plan to meet your child’s medical needs and eating habits. The Clinical Nutrition Department and the Clinical Dietitians will try to honor special food preferences within the limits of your child’s diet prescription including cultural or ethnic foods, food allergies, chewing or swallowing problems and vegetarianism.

If your child has special food needs, please ask to speak to the dietitian or Patient Care Food Services at extension 36004, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


The hospitality aide will help patients select their meals from printed menus one to two meals prior to service. He or she will knock on the patient’s door, wait for a response and enter the room. The aide will verbally offer meal choices from the menu and record what he or she selects. If the patient is unavailable, the aide will check back later the same day. If he or she is able to talk to the patient in person, the aide will call the room. If the aide is still unable to contact the patient, a meal will be preselected for him or her. Efforts will be made to limit the number of meals that are preselected for patients.

Breakfast is served ala cart. The dietary aide will bring a cart to your child’s room where you or your child can select what he or she would like to eat. For lunch and dinner, children who eat solid food will have a tray brought to their rooms at mealtimes.

To provide a family-centered feeding option, patients may eat in the cafeteria or select food from the cafeteria at no charge between 7 pm and 6 am. The patient must be on a regular or high calorie-high protein diet. Once the beside nurse has granted permission, he or she will issue a “Cafeteria Pass Grape Jellyfish Café Patient Food Pass.” It is for patient use only, no snack food is permitted and food is limited to one entrée, two side dishes, milk, a fountain drink or fountain juice, and one dessert (frozen yogurt, pie, cake, Jell-O or pudding).

Patient Meals
Breakfast ala Cart:  7:30 am
Lunch:   11:30 am
Dinner:   4:30 pm
Snack Cart:   6:30 pm

Bottle and Breastfeeding

We supply all bottles and formula. If you are a breastfeeding mom, lactation services are available by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. If you have breastfeeding questions or would like assistance, please call extension 35427, or (559) 353-5427 from outside the hospital.

Your nurse will want to keep track of the amount your child eats and drinks. If you are a breastfeeding mom please let your nurse know how often and how long your baby feeds. Check with your nurse before bringing in food.

Grape Jellyfish Café

The Grape Jellyfish Café is a special dining area, created especially for our kids, parents, visitors and staff. It features delicious meal, snack and beverage choices. The Grape Jellyfish Café is centrally located on the garden level of the hospital.

Hours of Service:
Monday – Friday: 24 Hours
Weekends:  6 am – 2 am

Breakfast:  7:30 am – 10 am
Lunch: 1:15 am – 1:45 pm
Dinner: 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Vending machines and microwaves are located in the Grape Jellyfish Café for your convenience


Starbucks is located on the garden level of the hospital near the Grape Jellyfish Café. A variety of coffees, teas, pastries and snacks are available at the following times:

Monday – Friday: 6:30 am – 11 pm
Weekends:  6:30am – 3 pm
Closed Holidays


While in the hospital we will supply all diapers. When you change your baby, please do not throw the diaper in the trash. Your baby’s nurse needs to weigh it to monitor your baby’s urine and stool output. It is important to know not only what you child takes in, but their output, as well.

Child Life Services

Child Life Specialists collaborate with Hospital staff to help meet the emotional, social, developmental and educational needs of hospitalized children.

Child Life Services include:
Illness and hospital education
Surgery and procedure preparation
Medical play
Age-appropriate play
Bedside activities

Child Life Playroom

In the Child Life Playroom children do what they do best…play! Patients can enjoy arts, crafts, music games, reading, movies and video games. The Playroom also hosts holiday events, music programs and special guest visits. Bedside activities and movies are available to children unable to come to the Playroom. The Playroom is located on the garden level.

Playroom Hours
Monday – Friday:
9:30 am – 12 pm – Infant, Toddler & Preschool Time
1 pm – 2 pm – Teen Time
2 pm – 5 pm – All Ages
6 pm – 8 pm – All Ages
6 – 8 pm Friday Night Movie

Saturday – Sunday:
10 am – 12 pm – All Ages
2 pm – 5 pm – All Ages

Child Life Services
(559) 353-5444
E-mail Child Life

Educational Learning Center

A child’s education does not have to stop because they are hospitalized. The Educational Learning Center, housed in the Child Life Classroom, has educational activities, computers and games to help kids continue to learn while in the Hospital. For children who are scheduled to be here for more than 10 days, a Golden Valley Unified School District teacher can be assigned to provide grade appropriate instruction. The teacher will communicate with the student's home school districts and send reports to those districts when appropriate.

The Child Life Classroom is located on the garden level.

Child Life Classroom Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 12 noon

Educational Learning Center
(559) 353-5445

Child Life Services
(559) 353-5444


The Chapel is a quiet place for prayer or meditation. It is open 24-hours, seven days a week. The Chapel is located at the East end of the first level of the hospital.

Patient & Family Education

A variety of classes are offered to assist parents and families with learning how to meet their children’s needs. You can ask your nurse or call Clinical Education and Informatics for more information.

Clinical Education and Informatics
(559) 353-5902

Wireless Internet Access

Patients, family members and friends can access the Internet for free while at Children’s Hospital using their personal laptop computer. To begin your Internet session, open an Internet browser, read and agree to the Acceptable Use Policy and then your Internet session will begin.

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center is a health information center for parents and families. The Center is a place where families can build knowledge and confidence in the care of their child. Computer access is available.

Parents looking for more information about their child's condition or illness can call extension 36170 or (559) 353-6170 from outside the Hospital. The Resource Center is located in the Medical Library on the Garden Level at the east end of the Hospital.

Parent Partners

Parent Partners is a service offering parents of critically or chronically ill children an opportunity to communicate with parents who have gone through similar situations with their children. Children's Hospital Parent Partner services are coordinated by Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU).

Volunteers work with the Family Resource Center and link families with peer support organizations and services in their local community. If you would like more information about this service or would like a parent to contact you please call EPU at (559) 229-2000.

Ethics Committee

Sometimes when your child is ill, you and the medical team may be faced with difficult choices regarding appropriate care. When this occurs, the family or anyone on the medical team can ask for a confidential consultation with the Ethics committee. This Committee helps everyone think about the next step in a child’s care. You can contact the Ethics committee by calling extension 35669, or (559) 353-5669 from outside the hospital. Be sure to leave a telephone number where you can be reached and the Chairman of the Ethics Committee will contact you within 24 hours.

Ethics Committee
(559) 353-5669