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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Sensory friendly activities for kids

The elves in Santa’s North Pole Experience on Wexford Quay this Christmas
The elves in Santa’s North Pole Experience on Wexford Quay this Christmas

Wexford Quay will transform into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas and, as part of this, there will be dedicated sensory friendly sessions during both Wexford on Ice and Santa's North Pole Experience.

During Wexford on Ice, sensory and wheelchair family skate sessions will happen every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Saturday, November 21 to January 5, 2020).

It means that those who wouldn't normally get the opportunity to go skating will have their own special session, as both the music and lighting will be turned down. Wheelchair users can also take their wheels directly onto the ice and all the family can get involved. Parents and guardians will be able to join children without skates.

These sensory friendly sessions will be free, with the organisers just asking for a donation to its charity fund on the day. There is also no need to book in advance.

Then, for Santa's North Pole Experience, children will love exploring the snowy spots in the Enchanted Forest, along with the Elves' Village, the Workshop and Santa's Stables before meeting the man himself.

Capacity will be reduced by 30 per cent to give more time for all of the children to enjoy the experience. As well as this, music will be turned off and lighting will be adjusted.

There will not be any flashing lights or strobe lighting. For children and parents with hearing impediments, signing from Santa will also be available.

These sessions will take place each Saturday between 10 and 11 a.m. Tickets must be booked at the box office by calling 053 9199199 or emailing info@lantern.ie. The cost for adults is €8; children aged 3-12: €16 (includes a gift from Santa); toddlers aged 1-2: €8 (includes a gift from Santa). Children under 12 months are free - they will not receive a gift, however. People have the option of booking a toddler ticket for babies if they wish.

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