Giving kids a chance to be kids.
Austin’s Playrooms provide a safe, fun, and engaging atmosphere for kids while their families focus on difficult or extended medical challenges.
How it Started
The vision for Austin’s Playrooms was created as a result of Nathalie and Mario Lemieux’s personal experience while caring for their infant son, Austin. Austin was born profoundly premature and spent 71 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While they were caring for Austin, there was nothing to engage his sisters, who were both toddlers at the time.
Who We 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, calming and comfortable.
Families, patients, and visitors helped
Bright colors, engaging artwork and fun toys are just a few of the things that make up an Austin’s Playroom. All of our playrooms have a similar look and feel and are designed with the intention of engaging a young child.
Safe, Soft Seating
The Mario Lemieux Foundation has established a total of 37 Austin’s Playrooms in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia – with more on the way!
By joining forces with the US military, the Mario Lemieux Foundation builds Austin’s Military Playrooms to provide comfort, warmth, and love for these extraordinary military families.
In partnership with the United States Navy, the first Austin’s Military Playroom was donated to the Warrior Transition Unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, in 2011.