Days out and activities for SEND children and young people
Before you visit
- AccessAble allows you to find accessible restaurants, shops, cinemas, hospitals, hotels, education facilities and more. Download their app to your phone (Apple devices or Google store) or visit their website for more information.
- Euan's Guide is a review site where disabled people, their family, friends and carers can find and share reviews on the accessibility of venues. Read reviews of attractions in Kent.
- Wheelmap lets you search for wheelchair accessible parking places.
Don't forget your hidden disabilities sunflower lanyard. It lets people know that you or your child may need additional support, or a little more time.
These are available to any family of a disabled child or young person who is in receipt of disability benefit, or who has an EHC plan.
Activities, days out and support in Kent
Bowling alleys provide a fun, exciting and inclusive experience for all. Families can play, dine and gather together to make memories. Children and young people with SEND often find experiences such as bowling to be overwhelming, your local bowling alley may offer:
- discounted concession tickets for you and your family
- wheelchair access
- quieter hours.
Contact your local bowling alley to find out how they can support you and your family. To find your nearest search "local bowling alley near me" or "find bowling alley near me" on Google, Bing or Safari.
A children's centre is a place, where families with young children or prospective parents can go to receive parenting support.
- early education
- training or finding a new job
- antenatal classes
- baby clinics
- support with breastfeeding
- support with parenting and speech and language
- drop-in sessions for parents and children
- services for children with special needs and disabilities
- opportunities for families to get involved with volunteering and designing services
Many cinemas offer accessible friendly showings of films. Support can include:
- audio description
- autism friendly screenings
- wheelchair access.
Children or young people who have special educational needs and disabilities can apply for a Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) Card. The card allows a family member or a friend to attend the cinema for free with them.
Visit your local cinema:
Kent has many beautiful historical attractions, offering educational, fun, and family friendly days out.
There's plenty of options in Kent, whether your child or young person is interested in one of our famous:
- grand houses and gardens
Many historical attractions provide accessible friendly support, including:
- accessible toilets
- audio tours
- disabled parking
- mobility transport
- wheelchair access.
- visit the Kent Sport website which offers opportunities for them to take part in disability sport in Kent
- find your nearest by searching "local leisure centres near me" or "find local disabled friendly sports near me" on Google, Bing or Safari
- search on our community directory.
Or why not visit:
In Kent there are a number of voluntary organisations, support groups and advice charities active that can help you, often for free.
To find local groups you can:
- search on our community directory
- join in with our learning disability day activities
- visit a MASH centre.
Local charities also provide some great activities. To find out more visit:
A museum is a great day out to explore your town's history and to learn about where we come from.
Museums are adapting their buildings and exhibitions to support SEND children and young people. This can include:
- access ramps
- audio descriptions
- relaxed visits
- resource backpacks
- tactile maps
- visual stories.
Visit your nearest museum:
Our libraries have a range of resources available to make our services accessible for everyone. This includes; induction loops, large printed books, accessibility software on our computers, easy access books and e-books.
Your child can develop their interpersonal skills through:
Parks and playgrounds are a place designed to provide an outdoor play environment. Find your nearest by visiting your local borough or district council's website:
- Ashford Borough Council
- Canterbury City Council
- Dartford Borough Council
- Dover District Council
- Folkestone and Hythe Borough Council
- Gravesham Borough Council
- Maidstone Borough Council
- Sevenoaks District Council
- Swale Borough Council
- Thanet District Council
- Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
- Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.
Did you know that a number of our country parks are SEND friendly?
- have fun
- catch up on missed learning
- engage in sports and activities
- take part in trips and experiences
- receive mental health support
- regain their confidence
- gain access to career development opportunities.
Soft play centres are often located indoors and allow children to play in a specially designed area with soft surfaces and equipment. There's plenty to keep the kids busy including soft play and arts and crafts.
The following are based across Kent, however you can also find your nearest by searching "local soft play near me" on Google, Bing or Safari:
Many supermarkets offer a dedicated quiet hour for shoppers who are disabled or have disabled children.
Your local supermarket may:
- dim the lights
- turn off the music
- avoid making tannoy announcements
- turn off or lower the sounds at the checkouts at these times.
- provide priority queuing
- allow assistant dogs to join.
Contact your local supermarket to find out their quiet hours.
Don't forget to take with you, your hidden disabilities sunflower lanyard. It lets people in public know that you or your child may need additional support, or a little more time.
- a hearing support system
- BSL performances
- audio description
- relaxed and off-peak quieter performances.
The following theatres are based across Kent, however you can also find your nearest by searching "local theatre near me" on Google, Bing or Safari:
- Ashford Theatre
- Canterbury (Marlowe Theatre)
- Dartford (Orchard Theatre)
- Folkestone (The Leas Cliff Hall)
- Gravesend (Woodville Theatre)
- Maidstone (Hazlitt Theatre)
- Margate (Theatre Royal Margate)
- Medway (The Central Theatre)
- Sevenoaks (The Stag Theatre)
- Tonbridge (EM Foster Theatre)
- Tunbridge Wells (Assembly Hall Theatre)
- Accessible London Theatres.
Theatre classes for children and young people with SEND
A theme park or an amusement park is a place made up of rides, such as roller coasters and water rides.
They usually contain a selection of different types of rides, along with shops, restaurants and other entertainment outlets. They're great fun days out for all of the family or to hang with friends.
The following theme parks and amusement parks are based across Kent, however you can also find theme parks outside of Kent by searching on Google, Bing or Safari:
In Kent there are a variety of zoos and wildlife parks that are accessible for your child or young person. Most can provide support through:
- wheelchair friendly routes
- installed ramps
- quieter hours
- larger printed signs
- disabled friendly play parks.
We do suggest that you visit their websites to find out how they can make your visit even better: