Autism Friendly Days Out In West Yorkshire

The ultimate guide to autism-friendly day out in West Yorkshire for May half term 2019

It’s that time of year again when the usual school routine is thrown out of the window and we’re tearing our hair out wondering how on earth to entertain the kids for an entire week. But fear not. If you’re looking for autism-friendly days out in West Yorkshire during May half term that your children will enjoy, I’ve got it covered.

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 autism-friendly days out in West Yorkshire for children with additional needs over May half term 2019. One or two are slightly further afield in the region but most of them are in and around Leeds.

Of course there are lots of places without the SEN label that are suitable for children with additional needs. However, this is a list of sessions specifically highlighted as autism or SEN-friendly.

Do check out individual websites and social media for prices and up-to-date information before you go to make sure you have the correct information. Note that some require booking in advance.

 

Autism-friendly days out in West Yorkshire for May half term

 

SUNDAY 26TH MAY

 

10-11am: SEN session at Insane Air trampoline park in Bradford

10.15am: Autism-friendly screening of Pokémon Detective Pikachu at participating Odeon cinemas

10.15am: Autism-friendly screening of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) at participating Vue cinemas

6pm: Autism-friendly trampolining session at Oxygen in Leeds run by ZigZag. £5 to jump if with Zigzag. £2 socks which only need to be bought once. Parent’s and carers jump free

 

TUESDAY 28TH MAY

 

9-10am: Leeds Gymnastics Club – additional needs session. These drop-in sessions take place every Tuesday morning during the Leeds school holidays. Families can use this hour of unstructured play time to introduce their children to gymnastics. 4-11 year olds. £5.50 per child/£4.50 per sibling

12pm: Autism Angels Family PicnicAutism Angels has moved farms to Summerbridge and is hosting a picnic and walk through the woods to showcase the new location. There will be plenty of opportunities for children to play and feel comfortable in their new surroundings. Free event but booking required and bring your own picnic. RSVP to info@autismangels.co.uk

10am-3pm ASAS (Aireborough Supported Activity Schemes) Lineham Farm Activity Day for children age 8-18 years old who live in Leeds. Aimed at children who prefer a less structured and busy environment; activities include animal care, climbing wall, adapted bikes, Sensory Caravan and walks in the countryside. Lineham Farm Children’s Centre, Swan Lane, in Leeds. Cost is £15 per child

 

WEDNESDAY 29TH MAY

 

10.30am-3.30pm: ASAS (Aireborough Supported Activity Schemes) Community Activity Day for children age 8-18 years old who live in Leeds. Aimed at children who can cope with an organised programme of activities and cope better with busy and noisy environments. Typical activities include bowling, lunch in a restaurant and cinema to see a film. These activities take place in Kirkstall at the Leisure complex. Cost is £15 per child

 

THURSDAY 30TH MAY

 

10am-3pm: Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource (AWARE) stay and play session at Addingham Youth Centre. Just turn up. Bring a packed lunch if you’re staying all day. £6 per family per day. £3 half day. Supported places available for children age 8+ and also family supported places (all ages) both at a price of £15. for the day. Book supported places through rachel.aware@outlook.com. Check out AWARE’s website for details on how to join.

6pm: Autism-friendly trampolining session at Jump Arena in Leeds run by ZigZag. £4 jump. Parents and carers jump for free.

 

SUNDAY 2ND JUNE

 

11am: Autism-friendly screening of The Secret Life of Pets 2 at participating Cineworld cinemas

10am – 3pm: Donkey Sanctuary Leeds Fun Dog Show

10-11am: SEN session at Insane Air trampoline park in Bradford

 

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

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      It’s quite useful to have it all laid out in a list for the week

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      Ha, you’ll have to come up! Some of the sessions – like the cinema – are national, though.

  1. Hi,
    Every Sunday morning 10-11 although very relaxed if you stay on, Airobounce in Bradford, trampolining, inflatable slides and climbing area. New driving track on electric go karts £5.00 per child, £2.00 socks.

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