Young Patients Play in LEGO Waiting Room

At the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady's Children's Hospital, the staff is learning the building blocks of happiness sometimes start in the waiting room.

The center, down the street from Rady's main campus, unveiled a new LEGO-themed waiting room Friday, complete with an under the sea motif.

"You have the ocean waves kind of flowing through in the sea life themed area in the tunnel," Charles Wilson the director of the Chadwick Center said. "I arrived at that door the other day and there's a little girl laying on the other side of it and she was 'swimming'."

The fifth floor waiting room is for children dealing with traumatic situations such as abuse. Decorated with more than 20 LEGO models, including a geyser periscope built from 17,000 LEGO bricks the room also features interactive displays.

Merlin's Magic Wand Foundation, a charity tied to LEGOLAND, paid for the renovation.

It’s the first of its kind in San Diego, but executives promise it won’t be the last.

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