There are a variety of game options to play in hospital waiting rooms. One could play themed games related to the reason that a loved one is in the hospital. Board games, action figures and small puzzles are useful to occupy time. Handheld or kiosk video games are another option.
According to the Joke Archives, a variety of games can be played in hospital waiting rooms that are themed based on the reason for a friend or loved one's hospital visit. For example, one could play Operation while waiting for someone in surgery or play Hearts while waiting for a cardiology patient. Some additional themed games for the hospital waiting room include Concentration for neurology, Chutes and Ladders for gastroenterology, Candyland for diabetes patients or tic-tac-toe for podiatry.
According to the Children's Specialized Hospital, some suggestions to entertain kids in hospital waiting rooms are to bring a favorite handheld video game, a book or magazine to read, such as I-Spy or pop-up books.
As of 2015, vendors such as Toviga are proposing an offer to bring video-game kiosks into hospitals to help entertain kids in waiting rooms. The kiosks support various video game systems such as Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii.