A couple of weeks ago we went to Center Parcs with my parents and we had been so excited for months only to be stuck in the villa banned from swimming and activities as Luke came out in chicken pox! (Of all the blooming weekends it could have happened!)
Today we went back just for the day to allow Luke to experience all the things he missed and it was amazing!
We got there close to 10:30 and the first
thing we did after parking up was head up to the Pancake House for a
brunch meal. Upon arrival I told the waitress about bees additional
needs and she happily sat us in a quiet corner away from others (mostly
for their benefit! ;-) ) and of course he screeched and played up a bit
(he sees balloons and has to have them) but he downed his shake and ate
about quarter of his cheesy ranger pancake. Luke had a chocolate
milkshake and a cheesy ranger too (ham and cheese).
We then left with happy full tummies and made our way to the Sports Plaza so I could ask about the kids club and if it was possible
to let Bee into a session WITH me so he wasn't stuck in his buggy all
day.. The baby sensory session was just about to start and one baby had
been booked on but the staff were fabulous and asked the family that
booked if they minded Bee coming in and they didn't mind , we just
waited for about 10 minutes so the baby girl could have the quiet chill
and song part of the session first.
Inside the room was set up beautifully, the sensory equipment
was brilliant, from the fibre optics to the slow chilled disco
lights. Bee was a little apprehensive at first as the room was darker but
soon was playing with the balls, glitter tube, tractors and fibre
optics - he didn't want to leave and we were sad that it had to end so
quick but very thankful to have been allowed in!
After seeing how well he enjoyed himself , I booked him into
the afternoon crèche session - this was a difficult decision for me but a
gamble that paid off as he LOVED it! He settled immediately and I kept
going back to ask how he was and they had fallen in love with him and he
had them wrapped round his little finger, especially manager Nick!
We seriously couldn't praise all the staff any more for their
care and consideration - the kids club is perfect for children with
additional needs (it's best to call ahead and let them know you would
like to come then they can assign a 1-2-1 if needed) we will definitely
not hesitate to let Bee play there next year!
The big boys had gone off swimming to gets some GoPro footage
and burn some energy off! Whilst mum, dad and I sat quietly for a bit
and got drinks.
When Aaron and Luke came out of swimming we took Luke for an ice cream and then to the park - it was so hot outside!!
By 4pm we had done all we wanted to and
we're all pretty shattered so started to make our way back to the car
(guest services arranged mobility transport van for mum, dad and I as we
couldn't walk that far back) and both kids fell asleep pretty
immediately in the car!
So Thankyou Center Parcs for an awesome experience - I rate
them exceptional for disability awareness and care and always look
forward to going back!