A young person with long red hair wearing a black t-shirt and long tights, jumping on a red air mattress in a Shine Shed Play Centre

Shine Shed All-Abilities Play Centres

by Editorial Team

Great news for families who love a fun-filled day at the Shine Shed Play Centres! In the midst of pandemic craziness, the Shine Shed North West at Vineyard opened on 4 July. It’s perfectly located for families in Windsor, the Hills District and Blacktown areas. The Shine Shed North West is proudly owned by Iain and Samantha Thomson and their family of Brianna, Nate and Zach.

Brianna and Zach both live with a rare genetic disorder called CDG (PIGN) MCAHSS1- Congenital Disorders of Glycolsylation subtype PIGN. After visiting the Shine Shed in Campbelltown and seeing the benefits it offered their children, they were keen to bring the Shine Shed closer to home and to their community in North West Sydney.

Like the original Shine Shed, the North West centre features an accessible zipline, air bag pit, climbing walls, trampoline, therapy swings, sensory room, wheelchair cubby, spinning pods and more. There is a full café so you can grab a hot coffee, lunch or a snack while watching the everyone have fun! It’s also air-conditioned for year-round comfort.

A young man and woman smiling, facing each other, standing in front of a sensory play wall.
The Shine Shed Play Centres are designed to meet the needs of people of all ages and abilities. Credit: Shine Shed Society

All Ages, All Abilities

At the Shine Sheds, we get asked all the time – What age is the Shine Shed suitable for?

The answer is simple – any age!

The Shine Shed Play Centres are designed to meet the sensory, play and social needs of people of all ages. Weight is the main factor with equipment use, and most of our equipment can manage 100kg with ease with many pieces rated to 200kg.

Lets face it, our young children with sensory needs often grow into young adults with an ongoing need for sensory input! Many adults enjoy visiting the centres and its always great to see teens and young adults having a blast alongside everyone else, with no judgement and loads of acceptance!

Both centres are happy to cater to individual adults wanting to come and join the fun, and adult group programs. Adults are welcome to come at anytime, but we suggest that if they have behaviour challenges or are extremely sensitive that you contact us and we can arrange a nice quiet time to come along.

Safety Is The Number One Priority

We have now implemented:

  • Specific sessions throughout the day (Campbelltown: 9am, 10.30am, 1pm, and 3.30pm. Vineyard: 9.30am, 12pm, and 2.30pm)
  • The centre is cleaned and sanitised between sessions.
  • Every person entering the Shine Shed has to complete a temperature check and health declaration, and complete our sign in sheet for contact tracing.
  • Online booking is available and encouraged to reduce contacts.
  • Social distancing , handwashing / sanitising is encouraged at all times.
  • Both centres have airbags rather than foam pits!

These measures are subject to change, in line with updates to government recommendations for health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about the Shine Shed Campbelltown location here, or call (02) 4629 5555.

Find out more about the Shine Shed North West location here, or call (02) 4577 9107.

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