Although being stuck in a hospital is no treat, the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow has a number of stations in waiting room areas to make the experience more enjoyable for hospitalized children.
In collaboration with the Glasgow Science Centre, the hospital created music-playing tables, graffiti walls, marble mazes, touchscreen coloring books and ceiling that's lined with fiber optic lights. One of the most impressive stations is a screen where kids can see their own image appear in a story as it unfolds. On top of being purely enjoyable, these stations also promote skill-building in kids as well.
Although it's of the utmost importance for hospital rooms to be functional, introducing elements of play into the design of a physical space helps to give relief to tired parents and anxious children as they go through stressful situations.