Family Fun Sessions

At AP Cymru, we understand just how difficult it can be to go out as a family. The stigma which attaches itself to autism spectrum conditions can feel overwhelming, and most play centres are a minefield of sensory overload for the autistic person.

We have teamed up with a number of family fun centres across Cardiff and Caerphilly to provide an understanding, safe, and (where possible) exclusive access environment for our families to have fun, and children to play in a stage not age manner.

These sessions also give our parent/carers the opportunity to talk to each other, and provide support to one another based on their own experiences and lives with autism.

AP Cymru provides autism awareness training for all staff at each of the family fun centres we use to ensure our families can access their facilities safe in the knowledge that their needs will be understood and met.

Parc play is a centre in which children can play in the fresh air all year round, whatever the weather. With outdoor, indoor, and undercover play areas including climbing equipment, swings, slides, and a giant sandpit, the children can have great fun whilst parent/carers have a well earned sit down in the cafe area.

Parc play is completely secure, with a manned entrance, electromagnetic locks on all entrances and exits, and a high perimeter fence, there is complete peace of mind.

SuperJump is a great place to burn off some energy. From your typical trampolines, to a parkour course, the children (and adults) who bounce are thoroughly exhausted by the end of the hour session. Everyone can enjoy a well earned cake and coffee in the bright cafe which overlooks the bouncing area, which also provides the perfect place for parent/carers to watch their children have fun. 

Tenpin Nantgarw is a great hit with everyone, no matter their age or stage. Whether you score 1 or a perfect 300, you are always going to have fun. After your game has finished, you can chow down on some typical American food in the cafe, or try your luck on the games in the arcade area. The best part is, no smelly bowling shoes! You’re free to keep your own, as long as they’re not stiletto heels.

At Mountain View Ranch there are no boring walks or complaints of ‘are we there yet’ or ‘can we go home’, instead there is a something new to discover around every corner, whether it be an amazing tree house, a magical fairy forest, a campfire with marshmallow toasting or a hobbit house, you will find something to engage all ages! It’s good, old fashioned, nostalgic play at its best! 

Stop Motion Animation Session – 22nd January 2018

The children had a brilliant time at their stop motion animation session with Codez Academy. As this was the first week, the children could choose whether they wanted to work in groups or individually for the duration of the course, and started to think about what their end video could be.

The session began with a video showing the children what can be achieved using stop motion animation. Following the clip, the children created storyboards, and created draft figures out of Plasticine to get an idea of how their ideas can be brought to life. There was some fantastic team work, and amazing creativity from all of the children. We can’t wait until next week when they will start building their sets using recycled materials.

Slimebuster Workshop – 13th March 2018

The children had a fantastic time at our Slimebuster workshop on Tuesday 13th March 2018, and learned all about the science of making slime – perfect for National Science Week. They loved choosing colours and glitters to make their creations as unique as they are, and were thrilled that they could take their creations home.

Many of the children (and adults) who participated have sensory integration difficulties, particularly regarding smell, touch and texture. We are extremely proud of all who attended the session as although (as with all of our workshops) attendees can participate as much or as little as they like, all who attended handled the slime with their bare hands completely of their own volition; a huge step for many who came and a testament to their comfort at AP Cymru sessions.

Alongside sensory integration, the children demonstrated brilliant sharing and turn taking skills, and had a lot of fun socialising with their friends. It is extremely important to these children and their families that they are able to participate in fun activities in a small group setting, and AP Cymru strive to provide a wide range of activities such as this workshop to cater for every stage and age. The children come to have fun, and leave with increased confidence and self-esteem.

In order for AP Cymru to continue to facilitate workshops and fun activities for autistic people and their families, we rely heavily on public support as we receive no government funding. If you wish to make a donation, please click here. You will be making a huge difference to autistic people and their families.