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A night at the zoo!

Friday 13th October 2017

Zoo1This summer over 100 of our families joined Contact staff and volunteers at Edinburgh zoo for a unique free magical evening of fun and entertainment. 

Music, face painting, police, fire and ambulance sessions, dancing, games and animal visits were just some of the attractions available. There was even an opportunity to perform an ultrasound on a giant snail! The evening also provided a space for families to chat with others and make new friends. 

Working with Edinburgh Zoo on this event helped families access a world-renowned visitor attraction in a supported environment, providing an opportunity to meet other families and for parent support groups to have a group outing.

Having free places meant families could try a visit to the zoo with the reassurance that if they had to leave quickly (because their child felt uncomfortable) then they would not lose out financially.  It was also a relaxed chance to enjoy a family outing with siblings and to alleviate some of the isolation felt by families.

As one parent said: "It was an opportunity to meet other families with complexities and be reminded that we are not alone..."

Another parent said: "we wouldn't have done if it was not for Contact because the zoo would have been too expensive for us and my daughter who has Adhd can get really stressed at the unknown which sometimes puts us off doing some things."

Looking for family events this half term?

Half term is coming up, and we know many of you will be looking out for activities to entertain the kids.

You can get in touch with one of our local offices, and our team will help you find out what's going on where you live.

Many parents find it a great support to meet other families with disabled children, to share advice and talk to people with similar experiences. If you think you'd like to meet other parents, find out about joining a parent support group.