Dream Big Studio: Television and Radio Studio for Kids

The Dream Big Studio at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is part of Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy (CEAT). It's an independent TV and radio studio funded wholly by private donations.

Dream Big teaches children through entertainment and peer interaction.

The programs we air are special because our young patients create the content themselves.

Having control over what they make and how they engage gives them a chance to:

  • Enhance their self-esteem.
  • Gain a sense of mastery.
  • Dream big.

This studio doesn't focus on therapy — only interactive fun. Our services are as expansive as our patients can dream.

What Kids Can Do in the Dream Big Studio

Children who come to the studio get hands-on experience by having the chance to be:

  • A DJ of a radio show.
  • On-air talent.
  • Director of their own show.

They can also help with production by learning about TV and radio equipment and running the lights or cameras.

Types of programs you can expect include:

  • Live cooking, science, art, or music shows.
  • Live game shows with open phone lines and prizes delivered by staff.
  • Taped shows featuring sites around Pittsburgh and studio production.
  • A front-row seat to all the major events, even if they can't leave their room.

This closed-circuit, in-house station also allows us to host visitors — including celebrities — who can visit each child at the same time.

Programs for children in isolation

Imagine being in the hospital for a long stay, and you can't leave your room. At home, you're at school and around other kids, but then you're suddenly isolated.

These can be stressful times for kids and can cause them to feel lonely.

When we designed our studio, we had these children in mind.

Dream Big gives those in isolation a way to reach beyond their hospital rooms and connect with other kids.

From their rooms, children can tune in to Channel 1 to see our taped and live shows. They can also play along during our live games, such as bingo, and call in to shout "Bingo!"

We Want Your Child's Ideas

Our station is always looking for new content.

We want to include new and fresh talent, ideas, on-air personalities, and listeners who might call into a show.

If your child has an idea for a show on Channel 1 — Dream Big, ask staff for a consult with our team.

Dream Big Studio Hours

We're open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To start with, you can find our live shows on a public calendar available on Channel 1 and at each HUC station. Afterward, we'll invite kids to come see how we make our shows during our “Backstage Pass” time.

As the calendar grows, we'll include open studio times where kids can:

  • Work on a project.
  • See how we edit in post-production.
  • Try their hand on some of the studio equipment.

Our Staff

In the News

Dream Big Studio: Pitt Football Visit

State-of-the-art studio at Children's Hospital keeps kids connected
WTAE (5/1/2020)

UPMC Children's Turns Patients Into Little Broadcasters
90.5 WESA (2/26/2020)

Children’s Hospital delivers a cure for boredom with new Dream Big Studio
Kidsburgh (2/24/2020)

Television studio opens for Children's Hospital inpatients
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1/19/2020)

Dream Big Studio brings hope and inspirations to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh patients
WPXI-TV (1/16/2020) 

Learn More from the UPMC Children's Hospital Child Life Department


  • Dream Big Studio

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 6
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224