I ventured out this morning with Reilly to Airbox Bounce at Cramlington. Reilly has been here before and loves it. This morning was different though because we went as part of the specially arranged sessions with Autism Northumberland.
I’m a softy and a bit of a home bird with Reilly in the holidays but when offered a lift and some company with my nearly cousin and her 2 boys. I decided to take it and give it a go.
I’ve mentioned many times before how difficult it is taking Reilly along to activities for many reasons- the main being understanding of members of the public, some people are incredibly rude and unlucky for them as Reilly grows older and my skin grows thicker I have no problems addressing the tutters and moaners straight on. Tut or learn is always my mantra.
We arrived just before 10 and parked at the rear of the building. This has been well thought out and lets the kids from the group leave without having to negotiate the groups of people arriving for regular sessions. They also countdown to the end of the session which is great for the kids to prepare.
There were plenty of staff there to ensure the kids were safe. Because it was just our kids and their siblings it was perfect. No blasting music to set off any sensory issues. Lots of space to play without the rough and tumble at their own pace.
There is a cafe upstairs that sells everything you could need or want (soya milk is good Airbox for those dairy free folks 😉). The cafe has a great view of the whole trampoline park below.
Downstairs where the majority of parents/carers gathered is a small soft play area which Reilly enjoyed.
He had a great time and has been typing Airbox into the mac this afternoon so safe to say we’ll be back with the Autism Northumberland group check their Facebook for booking info. Being able to have fun with Reilly without the judgements, stares and being able to relax is priceless.
While I was there I picked up a nomination form for Autism Northumberlands Awards Ceremony which is just a lovely idea. These children are special, we all know that but by Christ they have a struggle and this ceremony is to celebrate those achievements no matter how small. Nominations are open to anyone if you know a superstar you would like to put forward. Nomination link.