Halifax Ronald McDonald Family Room

Halifax Family Room


IWK Health Centre
5850/5980 University Avenue, Halifax, NS
(902) 470-6391

Located on the 2nd floor of the IWK in the main gallery (across from Biggs & Littles)

Hours: Open every day from 9:00am-9:00pm

What You Need to Know

Halifax Family RoomRonald McDonald Family Rooms® provide an oasis of calm and support right inside the walls of a hospital, allowing families to be just steps away from their child receiving medical care. Today there are 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in pediatric hospitals across Canada.

In January 2007, we opened the first Ronald McDonald Family Room in Canada. Built on a partnership with the IWK Health Centre, the Halifax Family Room offers a comfortable and supportive space for families to take a break from their daily hospital routine while enjoying some of the familiar comforts of home.

Whether it’s a cup of coffee, a shower, a hot meal or a load of laundry, our Family Room is a place for families to relax, refresh and recharge. At over 2000 sq ft, the Halifax Family Room includes 3 overnight sleeping rooms, kitchen and laundry facilities, a play area, a wellness room, and a comfortable lounge with TV and Internet access.

Conveniently located on the 2nd floor of the IWK in the main gallery across from Biggs and Littles, the Ronald McDonald Family Room is for all families with patients in the IWK Health Centre. We are open every day from 9am-9pm.


  • Full kitchen
  • Hot shower (clean towels, soaps, shampoos provided)
  • Laundry room with washer and dryer
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Homemade meals, bread and baked goods
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • Books, games and puzzles for children and adults
  • Arts and crafts/play area for children
  • Television access
  • Place to meet with family
  • Place to quietly read
  • Chat with volunteers
  • Eat a meal together as a family

Home for Dinner

Thanks to the generosity of community donors, we are able to provide several meals a week to our families through our Home for Dinner program. Check our weekly calendar located in our Family Room for upcoming meals.


The Ronald McDonald Family Room offers weekly activities for families and guests to participate in and enjoy. Our regularly scheduled activities include science experiments, movie night, and arts and crafts. There is also always a celebration for special events and holidays.