Weekend & Holiday Ideas

We know that weekends and holidays can feel like a long time at home without the routine of school, so we've gathered together a list of places that we think would be great fun for you and your family.

There is a fantastic website called Day Out with the Kids which allows you to search for things to do and places to go in your local area; always a good place to start!

 

Farms

  • Willows Farm (St Albans) - a wonderful family day out with a fun packed programme whatever the weather!
  • Hounslow Urban Farm - interactive farm where visitors can enjoy a variety of colourful and unusual farm animals close-up

 

Zoos

  • Whipsnade Zoo - daily animal shows from giant giraffes and beautiful butterflies
  • London Zoo - always lots to see and do so plan your day.  This Easter there is a Dear Zoo experience at London Zoo.  It will run from Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April 2017 and is a great value day out, as it's included in the Zoo entry price.  Don't forget to buy your tickets online and save 10%!

 

Parks

  • Aldenham Country Park - 160 acres of parkland, farmland and lakeside walks including Winnie-the-Pooh's 100 Aker Wood, Pony Zone, Woodland Adventures, Outdoor Play areas, Little Farmers Play Barn and our working interactive Farm and Small Animal Petting Area
  • Thames Valley Adventure Playground - a chance for children & adults with all types of special need to enjoy the fun, freedom and friendship afforded by the opportunity to play and share experiences in a safe and stimulating environment
  • King George Park (Bushey) - a park with cycle paths, adventure playground, sandpit and water splash (for when the weather's warmer) and a brand new cafe
  • Cassiobury Park (Watford) - acres of space for a kick-about or kite-flying there are also playgrounds, a miniature railway, bungee trampolines and a cafe
  • Canons Park Playground - a lovely space that is also fully accessible, now that the country-style pathway through the Spinney woodland has finally been completed, enabling wheelchair users and families with pushchairs to explore this wonderful quarter-mile long walk through woods

 

Activities

  • Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre (HOAC) - there's a wide range of Junior courses at HOAC which run during Easter, Spring half-term, the Summer holidays and October half-term for 5-8 years (Nemo's Watersports Adventures only), 8-10 years and 11-18 years.  For more information call 01895 824171 or email admin@hoacnet
  • Look Out Discovery Centre (Bracknell) - over  90 hands-on activities suitable for children of all ages
  • Colne Valley Special Sailors (Rickmansworth) - sailing adventures for people with disabilities
  • Bekonscot Model Village & Railway (Beaconsfield) - the world’s oldest and original model village
  • Compass Theatre (Hillingdon) - local arts centre
  • Thomley Hall (Worminghall, Bucks) - friendly and experienced staff run fun and educational activities which cater for all ages and abilities, with an excellent range of fully-accessible facilties
  • ​Rickmansworth Aquadrome - a nature reserve in 41 hectares, open 365 days of the year and is free to visit
  • Rural Activity Garden Centre (Hillingdon) - rural tea room is a log cabin set in the tranquil setting of the prestigious Rural Activity Garden Centre.  It is managed by HACS who deliver a ‘Stepping Stones to Life skills and Employment’ project for young people affected by autism spectrum and learning disabilities
  • Airport Bowl (Heathrow) - a 36-lane bowling centre
  • Companion Cycling (Bushy Park, nr Hampton Court) - a community resource to help everyone enjoy the fun of cycling, by offering unique access to specialised cycles in a beautiful park
  • Harrow Arts Centre - a local arts centre, with lots of things to do and see, and ramps and lifts to all areas

 

Short Breaks

  • Harrow Short Breaks - Harrow Council's directory of services providing children and young people with disabilities with a huge variety of activities and short breaks

 

And even more ideas for during the week:

Theatre

  • Harrow Shed - an inclusive theatre group, taking inspiration from Chicken Shed theatre company.  It involves young people aged from 7-16 coming to Hatch End High School on a Wednesday night to partake in acting, singing, movement and just general fun!

 

Music

  • Beat Building (Northwood) - run vibrant and energising music classes for SEN children using African drums and funky percussion.  Contact Debra on 07721 623171 or info@beatbuilding.co.uk

 

Yoga

Yoga Paradise offers a range of yoga workshops for children:

  • 3-day Yoga Workshops for Children
  • Parent and Child Yoga Workshop
  • Breathe Out Stress Yoga Workshops
  • Saturday Family Yoga Classes

For more information contact Priya on 07961 593621 or priya@yogaparadise.co.uk

 

Art

  • Blank Canvas Art Club - imaginative kids art classes in Ruislip and Eastcote for ages 2-18.  Inspire, involve, explore!  Call 07773 819603 or email blankcanvasartclub@gmail.com to book a place
  • Little Willows - activities include pottery painting, drawing, furniture painting, watercolour painting, knitting and crochet, arts for children, make-a-bear, boogie babies - email for more information at info@little-willows.co.uk