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The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center was designed by families and professionals to support patients and families during their time at Children's Hospital, both inpatient and outpatient. It is located adjacent to the main hospital cafeteria and close to the gift shop and chapel, which allows families to quickly access all major public areas of the building.
In honor of their multi-year commitment to the work being done at Nationwide Children's Hospital the Center was named The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center. The space was designed to replicate the colors and overall atmosphere of Nationwide Arena, home to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Family Resource Center is staffed Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. When it is not staffed, security can assist families with access to the Center.
If you need to contact the Family Resource Center, please call (614) 722.2252.
Great Clips is now providing free haircuts for family members of inpatients in the Family Resource Center! Two stylists will be available on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12 - 4 p.m. No Appointments Necessary - availability offered on a first come-first served basis.
Licensed Massage Therapists are available to provide free, 15-minute chair massages every Monday through Thursday. Monday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Parents and primary caregivers sign up in the Family Resource Center.
Laptop and iPad Lending Program
Parents of patients, and adult patients (+18) can borrow a laptop computer or iPad. A driver’s license or state issued identification card is required. Devices are available to be borrowed during staffed hours, and can be kept until 10 a.m. the following day.
Meet with our Certified Infant Massage Educator to learn infant massage techniques that are the most appropriate for your baby. Classes are taught on Wednesdays.
Big Lots, Books and Bagels
All patients and families are invited to join us the first and third Wednesday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m. for a fun afternoon of free books, bagels and healthy snacks courtesy of Big Lots!
Lunch & Learn
An information series for parents of patients coordinated by staff of the Family Resource Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital. Past topics include hand hygiene, music therapy, family fitness, Enteral Nutrition, Medical Info on the web and more. Free lunch is provided and registration is limited. Visit the Family Resource Center for dates and times.
Toy Lending Library Satellite
Families may access a variety of developmental, adapted toys and switches through toy lending services of the Nisonger Center’s Toy and Technology Library by selecting items through the Library’s toy catalogs located in the Family Resource Center.
The Ohio Benefit Bank
A web-based computer program that helps connect low and moderate-income Ohioans to support programs and public benefits. There are trained counselors staffing the Blue Jackets Family Resource Center who will help you in your application process for assistance at no cost. Find out if you are eligible for one or more of the following: Child Care Assistance, Food Stamps, Cash Assistance, Free or Reduced School Lunch Program, Federal Student Financial Aid, and more. You can also become a registered voter through this service.
Cell Phone Charging Station
If you need to charge your phone, bring it down to the Family Resource Center! Our charging station can charge up to 8 devices at the same time, is 30% faster than a traditional charger, and fits on 99% of all devices.
Family Resource Center Recommended Links
Meet Our Family Resource Center Leadership
View Our Monthly Activity Calendar