I want to invite a child with mobility problems to DS2's birthday party. However it is in a Soft Play cafe. There is an area for practising walking and watching DVDs but I'm worried the venue will seem insensitive. How would you feel ? DS1 has no problems with Soft Play but I'm trying to think how I would feel if someone invited him to a chess championship or something !
HI Cyber, i'd say invite him. I have shoved ds2 up many a soft play area stair case & rolled him down the slide. Honestly, unless he has a condition that makes him fragile then i'd say a bit of rough & tumble in soft play is excellent physio
ds has moblity issues alonside his others and he has recently been to a multi sports party with 26 nt 5 year olds ok he could not join in the football but he did soft play mix of crawling and wobbling , he had a ball. to the mum
I'd say always, always invite; parent can refuse for whatever reasons they choose if they want to; my wheelchair dd has always thought she is exactly like everyone else and has been distraught once or twice on being left out. Eventually i could no longer heave her around the soft play places but we still went and took something else to do there instead. eg, Twister where she is the caller.
we were just at a party at the weekend at Adventure Planet, which is like soft play and big chutes, most of the kids were in wheelchairs and the adults were allowed to go in with them, the ones that didnt want to (like ds) were happy to watch the others playing and there was also a wee arcade bit with video games,soft toy grabby things etc. everyone had a great time, wheelchair or not