For Patients & Families

Feeling Stressed?

Ways to Unwind

While in the hospital, parents sometimes desire a quiet place to think, pray or simply take their mind off of things – even if just for a few minutes. Whatever your needs, Children’s Harbor strives to provide you and your family with ways to unwind.

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.

Atrium

The atrium is an open area at the entrance of the Children’s Harbor Family Center. It’s often used for events, but look up and you’ll see a beautiful marine-themed piece of revolving art that spans three stories.

Make the most of it

After looking at the art from below, bring your kids up to the fourth floor and let them discover the inner workings of the art from a completely different perspective. From there, you can also enjoy a birds-eye view of the hustle and bustle of the city streets four floors below.

How to get there

Get there by traveling toward the Children’s Harbor Family Center from either building of the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children.


Library

For the curious minds of patients, siblings and their parents, the library in the Family Center offers books and periodicals for children and adults. The books were provided by the Junior League of Birmingham and other generous donors.

Make the most of it

Lounge in the library or check out books and find a comfortable place somewhere else to read and relax.

How to get there

The Library is located just inside Children’s Harbor Family Center at Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children and is open from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and weekends. Questions? Contact (205) 638-6123.


Movie Checkout

Movies can be a great way to entertain patients and their family during hospitalization. Come visit the Family Center and pick out a movie. Select up to two movies and check them out at the front desk.

Make the most of it

Help your stay go by a little faster. Pick up a snack for everyone and take your movies back to your room for "movie night".

How to get there

Movies can be rented in the Family Center from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and weekends. We’ll just need your name, room number and telephone number. (Please come by to see what's available. We can’t list them all by phone.)


Family Room

The family area in the Children’s Harbor Family Center offers relaxed seating near the game and activity areas. It’s equipped with chairs, sofas, a television and tables for children to draw, read, play or do other activities.

Make the most of it

While your children play in the activities area nearby, spend some time reconnecting with others in your family – your spouse or children who might crave your attention.

How to get there

The Family Media Room is located inside the Children’s Harbor Family Center at Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. It is available for use from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and weekends. Questions? Contact (205) 638-6123.


Salon

Stop in and relax at the salon in the Children’s Harbor Family Center. Free haircuts, styles and shampoos are available to patients and family members. If your brave soldier or beautiful princess can’t make it out of their room, allow us the honor of coming to you.

Make the most of it

Looking good is closely aligned to feeling good. Why not take some time to be pampered and relax while getting a haircut?

How to get there

The salon is located just inside Children’s Harbor Family Center at Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. Stylist Cleresea Brown is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am - 1 pm for patients and family members. Questions? Contact (205) 638-6123.


Family Kitchen

Have a family meal in the kitchen at Children’s Harbor Family Center. There is a microwave, refrigerator, tables and food storage areas available to patients and their families.

Make the most of it

You may be surprised at how having a family meal together around a table can lift spirits and give everyone a chance to reconnect.

How to get there

The Family Kitchen is located inside the Children’s Harbor Family Center at Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. It is available for use from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and weekends. Questions? Contact (205) 638-6123.


Lake Martin

For our illness camps, the Children’s Harbor campus on Lake Martin in Alexander City offers many ways for patients and their families to come together and reconnect, often outdoors, in a safe environment for children with health challenges.

Lake Views

Incredible views of Lake Martin are scattered all around the campus. Lake Martin is a favorite destination for water sports and relaxing “on the lake” – complete with unique views of wildlife. Most areas offer seating on the banks, while some also offer small beach shores and docks to explore the water even farther.

Make the most of it

When possible, visit one of the many lakeside views during sunrise or sunset. It’s a nice way to say hello to a new day or stop for a moment and be thankful for the one that’s becoming a new memory.

How to get there

While available to all guests, certain areas may be reserved for camps or private events during certain times. See a map to pick out your favorite bank view. Check with your camp coordinator or Children’s Harbor staff on specific availability.


Miniature Golf

This is not your average miniature golf course. Complete with sand traps, tunnels and rock “cliffs” on the green, everyone in your family will be challenged to score a hole-in-one! The entire course is arranged for complete access to those in wheelchairs.

Make the most of it

While you’re there, stop for a minute and take a family photo in the cedar replica of an old covered bridge.

How to get there

While available to all guests, the miniature golf course may be reserved for camps or private events during certain times. See a map for the best route to get there. Check with your camp coordinator or Children’s Harbor staff on specific availability.


Playground

Nestled in the woods is a wheelchair-accessible playground with soft flooring from end-to-end. Swings, slides, rock walls and bridges offer children of many ages a place to let their imaginations run wild.

Make the most of it

Take a family photo on the oversized tire swing. Part of the fun is the effort to prepare for the shot. It will take some planning to get everyone on the swing – which offers a bright promise of giggles and smiles while everyone gets “on board”.

How to get there

While available to all guests, the playground may be reserved for camps or private events during certain times. See a map for the best route to get there. Check with your camp coordinator or Children’s Harbor staff on specific availability.


Campfire Site

Bring back childhood memories or make news ones around a campfire on a star-filled night near the lake. It’s a great place to relax, get to know other campers, make smores and tell campfire stories.

Make the most of it

Bring a guitar or other instrument with you and offer background music or an impromptu karaoke night for the kids.

How to get there

While available to all guests, the campfire sites are reserved for camps or private events during certain times. Check with your camp coordinator or Children’s Harbor staff on specific availability.