Shine Shed North West is the second Shine Shed to open in Sydney. Based in Vineyard, it’s a fully accessible, all-abilities play centre that services the Hawkesbury and Hills regions and beyond, with visitors from all parts of Sydney, Blue Mountains and the Central Coast joining the Shine Shed North West family.
Designed with the assistance of Lisa from The Shine Shed Campbelltown, visitors will find everything they need for a great day out. There is something for everyone to play on, with active equipment including a zip line (with 3 different seats), wheelchair and therapy swings, trampolines, an air bag and a climbing wall, or for those who want to relax a little there’s a sensory cubby with a giant bean bag, bubble column and sensory wall.
A fully accessible bathroom includes an electric-lift change table, and the portable hoist can be used to transfer from wheelchair to equipment anywhere in the centre.
Owners Sam and Iain are passionate about having a space where everyone can play, and get a real buzz from seeing families get out and play together.
“We have 3 children, two with a rare genetic condition called CDG-PIGN, which manifests itself in global developmental delay. We know the frustration of our children not being able to play together, whether in a park, playground or other play centre, and have experienced the uncomfortable stares from both children and other parents in these locations. Until we visited Shine Shed Campbelltown, so Shine Shed North West became a passion project to make truly inclusive play in a safe, non-judgemental environment a reality” said Iain.
The on-site Zach’s Café has a selection of light meals and snacks, and a full range of hot and cold drinks, and with the play area visible from the seating in the café space, parents and carers can relax while the children have fun.
Shine Shed North West also has a dedicated party room, and offers a variety of packages from small self-catered parties to fully catered private hires, making it a great place to have a memorable celebration or function.
The centre also has also hosted disability and school groups, with the various elements of the play space suitable for inclusion in a modified curriculum, community access visits, or just for fun!
Why not come and check out Shine Shed North West for yourself! It’s truly a place where everyone can play.
Find out more at shineshednorthwest.com.au
This feature first appeared in Travel Without Limits magazine. You can subscribe here.