ZSL London Zoo’s Special Children’s Day is back for another year, giving children with special educational needs and disabilities an opportunity to experience the wonders of the animal world
On the 16 and 17 May, ZSL London Zoo will once again run its popular inclusive event which caters specifically for children with additional needs, along with their families and friends.
Highlights include the popular Animal LIVE! talks accompanied by British Sign Language interpreters; Sensory Storytelling sessions; and performances by Singing Hands, who use Makaton to engage all ages in their stories and songs.
Sponsoring the event for the fifth year running, Barclays will provide a team of dedicated volunteers to help ensure families have the best possible day out at the event. Barclays Digital Eagles will also be on site for the first time this year, running a Code Playground event to introduce children and their families to coding, with sessions tailored to meet a range of needs and abilities, including children with visual impairments.
New for 2015, visitors on Special Children’s Day can walk with the wildlife in the Zoo’s brand new In with the Lemurs exhibit. Home to the Zoo’s ring-tail and black and white ruffed lemurs, visitors will have the incredible opportunity to get closer than ever before to the evolutionarily-unique primates, with no barriers between them.
Hannah Pritchard, coordinating Special Children’s Day, said: “It’s really encouraging to know that children love coming along to this event and taking part in the activities.
“We’ve received great feedback from families who attended last year’s event, many of whom really appreciated spending quality time with their family in the Zoo’s accessible and inclusive environment.”
With increased dedicated facilities and number of staff, as well as special interactive events, a charity hub, and discounted entry, Special Children’s Day is an exciting and exceptional event not to be missed.
Adult tickets cost £12.75, children aged three-18 get in for £8.50, and kids under three years go free. One carer per child with special educational needs and disabilities is entitled to free admission too. There’s free all day parking for blue badge holders in the main ZSL car park.
ZSL London Zoo opens at 10am; for tickets and further information, visit: www.zsl.org