Diamond Children’s Play Zone

Help bring the Play Zone to life for
Diamond Children’s young patients.

Help Build the Play Zone at Diamond Children’s Medical Center

Dedicated space will give hospitalized kids a place for recreation, play, therapy, learning, and healing

Imagine your 5-year-old son has been admitted to Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center for the fourth time this month. Last month, he was admitted three times. Each time, you’re limited to the confines of his hospital room as you await tests and treatment while also entertaining his energetic siblings.

Now imagine a very different scenario in a space created just for children—a place where your kids can play, relax, or read a book away from medical professionals, machines, and sounds of the hospital room. This place is near your son’s hospital room—yet in many ways, it’s miles away. You’re at ease there as you await a visit from your son’s health care team.


Rendering of the Arts & Science Zone

The bright, non-medical Play Zone will provide a supportive environment that allows kids to ask questions and explore their emotions. Child Life specialists will work with them to build coping skills, decrease anxiety, address their psychosocial well-being, reduce trauma, and prepare for procedures and treatments. The Play Zone will also foster recreation and therapeutic play, reducing trauma and recovery time and lifting the spirits of young patients.

With philanthropic support, plans for the Play Zone include:

  • Art studio
  • Medical play area
  • Media room
  • Sensory room for special needs
  • Area just for toddlers and preschoolers
  • Virtual reality and video gaming area
  • Basketball arcade
  • Hospital school program
  • STEM activities and a 3D printer

Rendering of the Teen Zone

The Banner Health Foundation and the Diamond Children’s Play Zone Campaign Committee, led by Jeremy Sharpe, are working to raise $3 million to bring the Play Zone to life for hospitalized kids in Tucson. Your gift will help make this vision a reality! Gifts of cash, stock and other non-cash assets, and multi-year pledges are welcome. Please give.