The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Play Area Opens at King of Prussia Mall

Feb 15, 2013, 15:55 ET from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

CHOP-Sponsored Play Area Serves Families in Surrounding Community

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today celebrated the opening of a children's play area at King of Prussia Mall with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The 1,200-square-foot CHOP-sponsored play area benefits local families, serving as a place for young children to play and exercise while at King of Prussia Mall.

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The CHOP play area features bright, colorful, soft foam play elements representative of CHOP, including a replica of the Hospital, an ambulance, stethoscope, rescue helicopter and thermometer. The play elements are designed to encourage creative play and exercise by incorporating tunnels, climbing elements and slides.

"CHOP is proud to partner with King of Prussia Mall to provide a fun space that promotes healthy habits and nurtures kids' imaginations," said Madeline Bell, CHOP president and chief operating officer. "We are dedicated to serving families and children in the communities surrounding Philadelphia through our extensive Care Network of primary and specialty care offices."   

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has a well-established history of providing top-notch pediatric care close to home through its CHOP Care Network.  A nearby example is CHOP's Specialty Care Center located on Mall Boulevard, which since its opening in 1997, has expanded clinical services to more than 20 medical specialties, including a robust sports medicine program. The CHOP Specialty Care Center in King of Prussia is one of more than 50 CHOP Care Network centers in Philadelphia, the surrounding counties and South Jersey offering top-ranked primary and specialty care services to families close to home.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to offer this wonderful family amenity to our shoppers," said King of Prussia Mall Manager Bob Hart. "This children's play area is a welcome addition to the center and we hope our shoppers with young children will enjoy it." 

The CHOP play area is located on the upper level of The Plaza near J.C. Penney and H&M. 

About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 516-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network has more than 50 locations in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, offering top-ranked primary and specialty care services in convenient community-based locations. Visit for more information about specific services at each location.

About King of Prussia Mall

The King of Prussia Mall, managed by Simon Property Group, is the East Coast's premier shopping destination featuring seven department stores, more than 400 retailers and 40 restaurants.  Easily accessible off Route 202, I-76, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, King of Prussia is within one mile of Valley Forge National Historic Park and the Valley Forge Convention Center.  For more information about King of Prussia, visit

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SOURCE The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia