Pre-admission tours

Going on a tour is an easy way to prepare kids for having surgery or staying in the hospital. Children who go on a tour are less likely to feel anxious. Research shows children who are prepared are better able to understand their experiences.

Our child life specialists prepare children for surgery using pictures and medical equipment. During the tour, children get a package with activity sheets, an anesthesia mask and surgical hat.

  • Tours are offered for children ages 3 through 18. Family members are welcome.
  • Tours for 3- to 10-year-olds are held weekly. A hospital video and hands-on play with medical equipment help kids learn about their upcoming surgeries.
  • The Teen Tour is offered the first Thursday of the month for kids age 11 and older. A walking tour and question-and-answer session helps teens learn about surgery.
  • Tours for children younger than 3 may be scheduled upon request.

Sign up for a tour

To sign up for a tour or for more information, complete this form or call (414) 266-3495. Registration is required.

Video tour

While we encourage families to come to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin before a planned hospitalization or surgery, we understand not everyone can make it here. We invite you to watch the following video.