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Starlight Children's Foundation

Starlight Express Room

  • The Starlight Express Room

    Open the doors to fun and laughter in hospital

    The Starlight Express Room is a super fun place and it’s right here at The Royal Children's Hospital. It's where Captain Starlight and a team of amazing volunteers create a world of fun with games, arts, crafts, singing and dancing.

    It's a bright happy place that looks and feels nothing like hospital! It’s where kids and families can take a break from all things medical.

    What can kids do there?

    The Starlight Express Room is all about fun and giving kids the chance to explore their imagination and forget about their illness and treatment.

    There are board games, card games and all the latest video games. Kids and teens can sing, dance, watch a movie, have their face painted, enjoy arts and crafts and more. You may even spot a famous face making a surprise visit!

    The Starlight Express Room is where kids get to be kids. Captain Starlight and the Starlight Express Room programs increase wellbeing, reduce stress and anxiety and help kids forget about being sick. The Starlight Express Room helps make kids WANT to come to hospital!

    A place where everyone’s welcome

    Everyone is welcome to visit the Starlight Express Room. Whether you're in hospital for an appointment, a day, or for a longer stay, you can pop in, spend time together and enjoy all the fun and games.

    Brothers, sisters and whole families are welcome. All children must be signed into the Starlight Express Room. Please note that kids under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    Where is the Starlight Express Room and when is it open?

    Starlight Express Room

    Ground Floor, next to Hoyts

    7 days, 10am-4pm

    What if we can’t get to the Starlight Express Room?

    For kids who can’t leave their hospital bed, Captain Starlight visits the hospital wards spreading some much-needed fun and laughter.  And Starlight TV broadcasts all the fun of the Starlight Express Room live to kids’ bedsides daily too. So if you can’t come to the Starlight Express Room the fun can come to you!

    Starlight TV broadcasts weekdays at 10.15am and 3.15pm; Weekends at 11:30am. Call Starlight TV on extension 57150.

    Find out more about Starlight:

    What about for older kids?

    Starlight's Livewire program is for teens aged between 12 and 20 years and runs 7 days a week on wards.

    Livewire supports teenagers living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability helping them connect with others, explore their creativity and develop new skills.

    Each year, Livewire runs a range of creative workshops in hospital including music, art, photography, film making, creative writing, multi-media and celebrity visits. 

    All Livewire hospital workshops are run by trained Livewire facilitators and a team of volunteers and all teens are welcome to pop by!

    Contact Livewire on 0473 024 655 or

    Young people can access Starlight’s Livewire program online through, our safe and supportive online community for young people aged 10 – 21 living with a serious or chronic illness or disability.

    Livewire zine

    Grab a copy of the awesome Livewire zine distributed around the hospital, created by Livewire Facilitators and young people.