Austin's Playroom
Austin's Playrooms

A Place Just for Kids

Austin’s Playrooms provide a safe, fun, and engaging atmosphere for kids while their families focus on health and healing in the face of difficult medical challenges. Millions of families have found comfort in Austin’s Playroom, Military Playrooms, and the Lemieux Sibling Center.

Little Kids and Big Kids, Too

Kids will be kids and Austin’s Playrooms are the perfect place for kids of all ages and with diverse interests to enjoy themselves. There’s always something to see and do.

Austin and Nathalie Lemieux

How It All Started

The vision for Austin’s Playrooms was born as the result of Nathalie and Mario Lemieux’s experience when their premature son, Austin, spent 71 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While the Lemieuxs were focused on Austin, it became clear that there was nothing within the hospital to occupy and engage their other children. Today, Austin is grown and healthy, but his namesake playrooms continue to give kids a home away from home during a stressful time.

Austin's playroom with Nathalie

Who Austin's Playrooms Help

Austin’s Playrooms seek to benefit families and improve the quality of a child’s hospital experience whether as a visitor or patient by establishing cheerful playrooms that are safe, fun, and engaging. To date, more than 1.5 million families have benefitted from them.

1.5 Million+ Families, Patients, and Visitors Helped

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There are currently 43 Austin’s Playrooms throughout the region. Here's where you can find them.

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You can support Austin’s Playrooms by making a donation which will go to purchasing new toys, games, and books for our Playrooms.

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Austin's Military Playrooms

Austin's Military Playrooms

The Mario Lemieux Foundation joined forces with the U.S. military in 2011 and established the first Austin’s Military Playroom at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Through the Walter Reed playroom and other Austin’s Military Playrooms, extraordinary military families are able to concentrate on health and healing during difficult times.

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