Published: 5th August 2016
At Downright Excellent we work with over 70 London families who have children with Down syndrome, enabling them to maximize their potential. So what do our children want from a day out in London? They want to have fun! Just like every other child. Crowds and loud noises can be an issue for some children with Down syndrome, but not all. If any venue caters for all children thoughtfully, focusing on the fun, they’re halfway there.
The children we work with are all just regular kids – some want to run wild and eat ice cream, some want to spend some quiet time at the museum, others want to get muddy and wet, or jump into the middle a crowded ball pit. Like any group of children, there’s no one size fits all. But planning in advance is something most of our families are used to doing, and getting a good recommendation for a place to go with the family is priceless!
“Our dream day out is a low cost event. We love swimming, cinema (child ticket plus CEA Card) or the park. If an expensive activity does a low cost day for children with special needs – eg London Zoo, we’re happy to participate!”
“Participatory theatre or puppet shows are great as the children are expected to be involved, so no one notices if your child is making lots of noise!”
“The ballroom in the South Bank is great during school holidays as there’s always lots going on and you can dip in and out when you want. Although beware if the weather is bad – everyone moves indoors and the crowds can be intimidating.”
“The Science Museum is brilliant – especially the water play in the basement.”
“We don’t want to go anywhere too loud or crowded.”
“It’s important that there’s somewhere close by that we can go to for peace and quiet.”
Travel to great Portland Street or Regent’s Park station and catch the C2.
Colobus Monkeys – a large group of black and white monkeys, including several babies who are always active. Children can get very close to them.
There are a number of kiosks and a large café restaurant. The café has a large number of high chairs and there are some tables in quiet corners. We usually take our own food as there are plenty of picnic tables dotted around. We have also taken food for the children into the café without issue.
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