Like many families that include a child with autism, we sometimes avoid popular places because of the work involved, keeping up with your child in a busy environment. However, this also means that siblings can often miss out on fun and so with this in mind, we went to Science World for the day.
But for us, the enjoyment started to wane as we reached the entrance. All around the kinetic sculpture, there were people, crowded against it to watch the balls work their way through, making music as they went. Gabe made a bolt straight for it and was trying to look through the Perspex next to a Science World staff member who was holding the Perspex open for a second staff member. The first member shot out his knee and shoved Gabe out of the way with his leg, even though Gabe was not doing anything wrong and was not trying o get past him. That was enough for us to consider going straight home – but the kids were so excited we decided to go in any way.
If you are there before the 10 am opening time there is no control over where people wait & this results in many excited kids and their parents jostling for space in the lobby and waiting for the lines to open – when they do, there is a free for all as everyone pushed to get to the front first and you then end up waiting with a wriggly autistic son.
Once we had finally got in, we enjoyed the many galleries packed full of interactive exhibits. Perhaps you’d like to see how far your body can stretch:
However, from a parental perspective, the staff we encountered did not seem to be very clued in as far as children were concerned and I would not return with either of my autistic children in tow.