Shine all-abilities play space to open doors

Attending birthday parties and activities at loud, high-activity play spaces can be difficult for kids with conditions like autism.

But luckily, a new all abilities play centre is about to open in Campbelltown which will make birthday parties enjoyable for everyone.

Lisa Fruhstuck, director of Shine Shed, said there was a great need for places like the play centre.

She opened a smaller version of the play space in 2015 and said the popularity of the centre – which is as much about therapy as it is fun – necessitated the expansion.

“We’re really meeting society’s needs,” Ms Fruhstuck said.

“There is a massive need in the community – parents are champing at the bit to take their kids somewhere like the Shine Shed.”

Ms Fruhstuck said the facility was “one-of-a-kind” in Macarthur.

The 500sqm space features a wide range of equipment including a zipline, foam pit, trapeze, trampoline, climbing walls, slide and even a sensory room. Ms Fruhstuck said the space was state-of-the-art and featured all Australian-designed equipment.

She said the play space allowed children and young adults with autism to expend their energy safely, which in turn enabled them to bring more focus to other tasks like learning.

“Older kids and young adults with autism needs have play needs as well as the young kids, so the Shine Shed meets those needs,” Ms Fruhstuck said.

The Shine Shed’s grand opening will be held on Saturday, October 27. Details: 4629 5555.