February half term ideas for children with additional needs in West Yorkshire

Do you find half term stressful?

Does the lack of routine cause meltdowns in your house?

Are you looking for activities in February half term that your autistic child will enjoy?

Then read on…

If your child struggles with crowds and sensory issues, autism-friendly sessions can be a lifesaver. When done well, these sessions can be the difference between an awesome day out and a disaster for families of children who need extra support.

Here I’ve compiled a list of fun days out in West Yorkshire for children with additional needs over February half term 2019. Half term for us is 18-22nd February.

Of course there are lots of places without a label that are suitable for children with additional needs. However, this is a list of days out specifically highlighted as autism-friendly on the venues’ websites over half term week.

Check out individual websites and social media for prices and up-to-date information. Note that some require booking in advance.

 

Sunday 17th February

 

10.15am: Autism-friendly screening of How to Train Your Dragon 3 at participating ODEON cinemas including Leeds-Bradford, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Hull and Sheffield. Free entry for carers with a valid CEA Card.

 

2pm: Better Together – “Star Gazers”

A family event, run by Shabang, for families of children and young people with additional needs in Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield.

Join Madame Olga Orbit and her trusty assistant Gordon Flash for a  frolic through the cosmos and meet other families in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere . There will be a 45mins performance, refreshments plus you can also make crafts and play music together. All family members welcome, but please get in touch if you would like to come. 01484 848073

 

6pm: Autism-friendly trampolining session at Oxygen in Leeds run by ZigZag

 

 

Monday 18th February

 

4pm: Autism-friendly soft play session at Kids-Clubhouse in Horsforth run by ZigZag.

 

 

Tuesday 19th February

 

9am: Leeds Gymnastics Club – additional needs session.

These fun and informal sessions take place every Tuesday morning during the Leeds school holidays from 9-10am; when families can use this hour of unstructured play time to introduce their children to gymnastics in our purpose-built facility.

 

 

Thursday 21st February

 

1-5pm: Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource in Ilkley have stay and play sessions for members on 21st and 22nd February. Drop in and have a brew, chat with staff and other parents. Let the children take advantage of the indoor and outdoor space. Games, sports, crafts, cooking, and a giant inflatable slide. Check out their website for details on how to join.

 

6pm: Autism-friendly trampolining session at Jump Arena in Leeds run by ZigZag

 

 

Friday 22nd February

 

10am-3pm: Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource in Ilkley have stay and play sessions for members on 21st and 22nd February. Drop in and have a brew, chat with staff and other parents. Let the children take advantage of the indoor and outdoor space. Games, sports, crafts, cooking, and a giant inflatable slide. Check out their website for details on how to join.

 

 

Saturday 23rd February

 

8.30-10am: Early Birds session at The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. A special event for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, an anxiety disorder, or a Special Educational Need that means they would benefit from a quieter, more relaxed museum opening.

The museum will open early—at 08.30—and will be available exclusively for Early Birds guests until 10am, when it opens its doors to the general public.

Entry and activities are free but booking is required

 
 

Sunday 24th February

 

10.15am: Autism friendly screening of The Lego Movie 2 at participating ODEON cinemas including Leeds-Bradford, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Hull and Sheffield. Free entry for carers with a valid CEA Card.

 

10:15am: Autism-friendly screening of The Grinch at participating Vue cinemas across the UK, including Leeds Kirkstall, Leeds Light, York, Hull, Sheffield and Doncaster Free entry for carers with a valid CEA Card.

 

6pm: Autism-friendly trampolining session at Oxygen in Leeds run by ZigZag

 

 

  • What have I missed? If you know of any other autism-friendly sessions during February half term, pop them in the comments below.

 

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