I'm planning to take the littlies (and maybe Mr Messy if he isn't too busy!) to a Centre Parcs to meet up with a lovely friend and her littlie over the Summer Holidays. Centre Parcs will be a great place for us all to get together, as it has all the facilities on-site including a fabulous looking swimming pool with flumes etc. We talked about the Children's Activities, but I was a bit hesitant about whether or not Little Prince would be able to cope with them or not. Due to his special needs he would be more interested in the activities for the younger age group (3-7 years) than the 8 years + group that he chronologically would be placed in. I've just rung Centre Parcs and their central booking line was disappointingly negative about this citing insurance issues, and saying Little Prince would have to be in his own age group. However, they gave me the number of the village and told me to try them directly. After being passed through a number of different staff, I finally got to speak to someone who runs the Activities and Children's Club. She was wonderful, she said that of course Little Prince could join in with the activities that suited his development rather than his actual age :-) And she said if we think he will need to have a one to one assistant, then as soon as we book to let her know and she will arrange this - FREE of charge!!
Little Prince has missed out on so many similar opportunities due to his special needs, and staff/organisers of events being unsympathetic and unhelpful, and in some cases downright unwelcoming, that the Centre Parc's attitude stands out as being so totally welcoming and helpful. I can't wait to get everything booked and sorted out now :-) And to tell Little Prince that he will be able to join in with the fun activities other children go to and their parent's take for granted :-) Its the little things that impress parent's of children with special needs :-)