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University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital offers a wide range of events for patients and families who are at our hospital or clinics. Below you'll find this week's schedule as well as descriptions of some of our recurring events.

Saturday, 9/22

 Time  Event  Location 
 10:30 a.m.  Bark Avenue Therapy Dogs  Lobby

Monday, 9/24

 Time  Event  Location 
 12 to 4 p.m.  Free Haircuts (by appointment)  Wellness Center

Tuesday, 9/25

 Time  Event  Location 
 8:30 to 11 a.m.  Free Acupoint for Family Members & Staff  Rooms 950 and 952 East Building
 3 to 6 p.m.  Free Energy Therapy (by appointment)  Wellness Center 
 3:30 to 4 p.m.  Free Harmonica Lessons  FRC

Wednesday, 9/26

 Time  Event  Location 
 10 to 11 a.m.  Family Coffee Hour  FRC
 10 to 11 a.m.
 Kid's Story Time
 Theme: Curious George
 FRC
  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Free Drop-In Hand Massage  FRC
 1 to 2 p.m.  Free Acupoint for Family Members & Staff  Wellness Center

Thursday, 9/27

 Time  Event  Location 
 10 a.m.  Hyundai Hope on Wheels Announcement  Lobby
 12 to 3 p.m.  Needlework Circle  FRC
 3 to 6 p.m.  Free Table Massage (by appointment)  Wellness Center

Friday, 9/28

 Time  Event  Location 
 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  United Health Group Blanket Giveaway  Lobby
 12 to 2 p.m.  Free Drop-In Hand Massage
 FRC
 1 to 3 p.m.  Free Popcorn Day  FRC


Join us at Family Coffee! 

Break up your day in the hospital with a stop at Family Coffee Hour each Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. in the Family Resource Center. Coffee, juice, muffins, fruit, and cheese and crackers are served. Sit for a bit and enjoy the conversation. All family members of pediatric patients are welcome!

Wellness Center Services This Week
Monday, Sept. 24: Free haircuts by appointment from 12-4 p.m. Open to pediatric hospital patients and their family members.
Tuesday, Sept. 25: Free energy therapy by appointment from 3-6 p.m. Open to children’s hospital family members age 18+ only.
Wednesday, Sept. 26: Free acupoint for family members and staff from 1-2 p.m. Drop in.
Thursday, Sept. 27: Free table massages by appointment from 3-6 p.m.

Open to children’s hospital family members age 18+ only. Call 612-365-2100 to schedule services. The Wellness Center is located on the 5th floor of the South Building, near the public elevators, and features a 24/7 fitness area for adult family members of pediatric inpatients.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels Announcement
Hyundai Hope on Wheels will announce two new grants to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. Patients and families are invited to come to the Lobby to hear the announcement and participate in a handprint ceremony. Everyone is welcome to use washable finger paints to put handprints on a canvas and on a new Hyundai.

Bark Avenue On Parade!

Bark Avenue has been canceled for this week.

Learn to Knit or Crochet
Tap into your creative side by learning a relaxing, productive new skill! Our needlework volunteer teaches knitting and crocheting in the Family Resource Center Thursdays from 12-3 p.m. Participants receive free knitting needles or crochet hooks, yarn, and a bag in which to keep their supplies.

Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone Hours and Family Resource Center Extend Hours!
Evening hours are back in the Family Resource Center starting the week of Sept. 17. The Resource Center (located in the Lobby) will once again be open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Please spread the word to patients and families who are looking for movies, video games and game systems, books, and fun programs and events! Full hours listed below.

Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone will also add hours starting next week. The End Zone will be open longer hours each evening Monday through Friday and will have extended hours on weekends. See below for complete hours! 

Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone, located on the lobby level, is a therapeutic play space for pediatric patients, siblings, and families to enjoy. Children 16 and under must have a parent or caregiver present to use the space. Reminder: patients and families in isolation cannot be permitted into the End Zone due to infection prevention guidelines.

Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone Hours Sept. 24-30:
M-F: 12-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
Sa, Su: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Family Resource Center Hours, Starting Sept. 17
M, W, F: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tu, Th: 12-8 p.m.

Story Time with a Curious George Theme & Music
While adults enjoy Family Coffee Hour, the kids can attend story time in the Family Resource Center from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesdays. This week’s theme is Curious George stories. Come hear some of your favorites, accompanied by one of our hospital music therapists. Do a fun activity too!

Enjoy the ‘M’ Technique for Hands
Free ‘M’ Technique for Hands (hand massage) will be offered on a drop-in basis Wednesdays from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. and Fridays from 12-2 p.m. in the Family Resource Center in the Lobby. Come enjoy a relaxation technique for hands provided by a hospital volunteer. Treatments last approximately 10 minutes.


Blanket Giveaway
Volunteers from United Health Group will give away blankets to patients and families on Friday, Sept. 28 from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Come to the Lobby to get a free blanket, just in time for the fall cool-down!


Free Popcorn Day!
Celebrate Friday with a bag of freshly-popped popcorn! It’s free! Come to the Family Resource Center in the South Building Lobby from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

Check out the Family Resource Center!
While you are in the hospital, don’t miss out on all the fun distractions available in the Family Resource Center. We have a collection of more than 1500 DVDs, including all the new releases! We also loan out video game systems and games to patients and families. And don’t forget our incredible collection of books for all ages—babies to adults! Stop by to see us in the Children’s Hospital Lobby. We’re open:

M, W, F: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tu, Th: 12-8 p.m.