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Activities for children with SEN during half-term and June in London

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Some parents and carers who have children with SEN and additional needs (including ASD (autism), ADHD, sensory processing disorder, auditory processing disorder, behaviour or communication difficulties) find it challenging to find SEN-friendly things to do to engage and stimulate their children. Here are a number of SEN-friendly activities happening in London during half-term and June 2019…

The Bank of England Museum; Early Bird SEN-friendly session

Date: Wednesday 29th May, 8.30am

Attend the museum before it is open to the general public. Children will be able to explore the Museum and engage with our interactive exhibits. They can also complete one of our Banknote Detective trails and participate in our drawing activity.

Price: Free

Location:  The Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH

Suitable for: all children including those with SEN (special needs) including ASD (autism), ADHD, sensory processing disorder, auditory processing disorder, behaviour or communication difficulties

For more information:

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum/plan-your-visit

To book: Education@bankofengland.co.uk or 020 3461 5545

Multi-sensory activities, group singing and music based workshops at Opera Holland Park Theatre

Date: Wednesday 29th May, 12.30pm

Price: £5 (adults and children)

The website mentions that, “it is well-known that families with young children face barriers to visiting the theatre for fear of disturbing the show with crying, fidgeting and agitation from your little ones. We have devised a family workshop where you are welcome to bring your children to experience aspects of our productions in an intimate, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Workshops will include multi-sensory activities, group singing and music based around Opera Holland Park productions. We will provide a safe and nurturing space at the theatre in which parents can explore opera together with their children and enjoy a creative and musical day out.”

Location: The Dutch Garden Lounge,Opera Holland Park Theatre, Ilchester Pl, Kensington, London W8 6LU

Suitable for: all children including those with SEN (special needs) including ASD (autism), ADHD, sensory processing disorder, auditory processing disorder, behaviour or communication difficulties

For more information:

https://operahollandpark.com/events/operaunity-29-may-sen/

To book: https://operahollandpark.com/book-online/13403

SEN Evening Explorers at the London Transport Museum

Date: Saturday 1st June, 6.15pm

The website mentions that,  “For families with Special Educational Needs (SEN), including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), we open outside our regular hours on certain special days. Enjoy the Museum at a quieter time, free from the general public, and with many of the gallery sounds turned off. Explore our All Aboard family spaces in peace, have a go at our holiday activities, get hands-on with genuine parts of transport history, or make use of our sensory bags to support exploring the collection.”

Location:  London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BB

Price: Children and young people under 18 go free; adults charged  general admission rate

Suitable for: all children including those with SEN (special needs) including ASD (autism), ADHD, sensory processing disorder, auditory processing disorder, behaviour or communication difficulties

For more information and to book:

https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/learning/families

Creative Den Building for children with social communication difficulties

Date: Tuesday 28th May, 10am-11am

Organised by City Parent Carers, “come and build a den, and make new friends!”

Price: Free

Location: Golden Lane Community Centre, Fann Street, London, EC1Y 0RN

Suitable for: children ages 4-11. Creative taster sessions for children with social communication difficulties

To book: info@cityparentscarers.org

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Dawnosaurs at the Natural History Museum; urban wildlife

Date: 22nd June 8-10am

Details: Dawnosaurs is a free event for children on the autism spectrum to enjoy the Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. Visitors have access to a wide-ranging programme of activities, including a chance to see, meet and even touch live animals. All activities are supported by experienced, autism-aware facilitators. A dedicated Sensory Room will also be available for those children needing a quieter and calmer space.

Price: Free

Location: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London. SW7 5BD

Suitable for: all children aged 5-15  including those with SEN (special needs) including ASD (autism), ADHD, sensory processing disorder, auditory processing disorder, behaviour or communication difficulties

For more information and to book:

 https://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/dawnosaurs.html

The Museum of Childhood is putting on a number of paid and free activities throughout May half-term and June. They have ‘Making SENse’ packs available to support children with SEN. The packs include maps, toys to touch, activity suggestions and ear defenders. PECS symbols and a photo booklet are included to help with communication. For adults and children with visual impairments, they also provide an ‘Exploring Teddy Bears resource pack’ containing a large print, Braille translation, raised images, Penfriend audio guide and toys to touch.

Dates 27th – 2nd June 2019

Location: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA

Play the Museum Game!

Love playing games? Ever wanted to design one yourself? Here’s your chance! Come and join our V&A game designer-in-residence Matteo Menapace in a challenge to create games inspired by the Museum of Childhood’s architecture. A playful mixture of games around the museum and creating your own games – open to all families!

Time: 11:00am

Price: £5 per child

Suitable for: Children ages 7+

Build Me Up!

£10 per child, Ages 4+
Take the places you know and transform them into a fantastical wearable cityscape. Be part of our moving cityscape and transform yourself into a playful building.

Time: 11:00am

Price: £10 per child

Suitable for: Children ages 4+

Place of Play

£10 per child, Ages 7+
What makes a place fun to be in? Experiment with different building bits and build your own playful place to take home. A mixture of design and model making activities.

Time: 14:00pm

Price: £10 per child

Suitable for: Children ages 7+

PLUS the following free drop-in activities:

Storytelling for Under 5s
10.30 (30 mins)
Join in and sing along in our interactive storytelling for little ones.
18 months – 5 years

Play at the Museum
11.30-12.45
Come and explore some of the toys you can find on display at these themed sessions highlighting areas of the Collection.

Telling Tales
14.00 (30 mins)
Our popular storytelling session for all ages, related to themes from the museum’s displays.

Arts and Crafts: Box Buildings
14.40
Choose materials, get creative and design a building from a small box with the help of museum staff.

Mischief in the Museum
27 – 31 May, 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00
Ever sung a song with Robbie the Robot, skipped along the Dolls’ Houses gallery, or laid down by the Sandpit to look at the ceiling? Look out for ‘mischief bubbles’ around the museum that our visitors have left, take part and be mischievous, and contribute new ideas for fun things to do in the museum yourself.

Cardboard Cities
1 – 2 June 2019, 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00
Parks, town squares or libraries…what makes our city a great community? Come and join us for a weekend of designing and building an ever-changing cardboard cityscape on the museum’s central hall, with artist Rosemary Cronin.
Part of London Festival of Architecture 2019

For more information and to book:

https://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/may-half-term-family-activities/

We hope that you have a SENsational half-term and June!

At SENsational Tutors Ltd, we aim to inspire a love of learning through fun and exciting activities. We offer tailor-made support packages in London during the school holidays and on regular, weekly basis. Sessions can be combined with additional behaviour or communication support, if necessary.

For ideas about how to boost your child’s love of reading, read our blog on How to inspire your child with SEN’s love of reading; tips for parents

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