Are you struggling to get your autistic child out of the house these school holidays? The long summer break can be the hardest, particularly if you have to work. It can be a juggle finding something for your child to do other than sitting themselves in front of a computer game all day. Here are some ideas that will help get your child out of their comfort zone a bit and experiencing something new that they will enjoy.
Melbourne’s Legoland Discovery Centre
Located within Chadstone Shopping Centre, Legoland is a place to explore Lego, Lego and more Lego! There’s the Lego 4D cinema, Miniland which is a miniature replica of Melbourne’s buildings and landmarks, plus rides, races and so much more.
For more information visit https://melbourne.legolanddiscoverycentre.com.au/whats-inside/.
Visit Your Local Library
Your local library is often a treasure trove of books and activities, and during the school holidays there you can find even more things for you to enjoy. The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne is well worth a visit, just to see the amazing architecture, however check out your local library’s website for school holiday events and activities.
Check out the latest blockbuster
The movies are a great way to stay cool on a hot summers day, and these school holidays there are plenty of new movies hitting our screens such as Aquaman, How to Train Your Dragon, Mary Poppins Returns, Spiderman 3 and Ralph Breaks the Internet. If loud noises are an issue, take some headphones with you, or see if your local cinema offers autism friendly movie sessions.
Dive into the local swimming pool
During the summer holidays your local swimming pool is a great place to go to cool down. Although it may be a little noisy for some people on the spectrum, the pool can often provide hours of endless fun and entertainment with waterslides, and water play activities.
Discover the Melbourne Museum
There’s always something different to do and see at the Melbourne Museum, and the best thing is general entry for children under 12 is free. Currently there are some great exhibitions on including:
- Magic window making
- Above, below and beyond – Metro Tunnels. What will Melbourne look like in the future? And Metro Tunnel Virtual Reality.
- Road to Zero
For more information visit: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/whats-on/school-holiday-activities/
You may also like to check out what’s on at Scienceworks over the school holidays, as they too have plenty of holiday fun to keep the kids entertained. https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/school-holiday-activities/
Interact and Learn at ACMI
This place is very cool, extremely interactive and educational, plus entry is free. Kids and adults of all ages will love ACMI which is open daily at Federation Square. These school holidays you can visit Cleverman: The Exhibition, where you can go behind the scenes of the ground-breaking sci-fi series. There’s also the Games Lab and Screen Worlds exhibition along with a Virtual Reality trip to an alternative comic dimension with Superheroes: Realities Collide.
You’ll want to spend half a day, if not a full day here to experience everything. For more information visit http://www.acmi.net.au/whats-on/
If you have school holiday activity ideas that will help other parents of autistic children, please feel free to share them in the comments section below.