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Past Events in 2018

Little Hiccups Enchanted Christmas Party
Friday 28th December 2018

Websites: Suzy Sparkles:  http://www.susie-sparkles.co.uk/
Royal Armouries:  https://royalarmouries.org/visit-us/leeds
Disabled access info:  https://royalarmouries.org/visit-us/leeds/leeds-access
 

Christmas is fast approaching and Little Hiccups would like to invite you all to the party of the year! Our theme this year is 'Disney' and we will be celebrating in style the Royal Armouries again this year. 

The Disney Store in The White Rose Centre has very kindly being donating out of stock, excess stock, stock with bits missing or slight damages. We will be able to give a lot of this stock as presents this year amongst others gifts (there most likely won't be enough Disney presents for everyone but there will DEFINITELY be a present for every child). ONLY the undamaged stock will be given as presents. The rest we will bring along in a box for everyone to look through and give a donation of your choice.  A lot may just need a battery change or a few stitches or an item is missing in a pack but the rest are in very good condition.  

Santa loved coming to our party so much last year that he wanted to come back again so of course we said yes! Booking is essential please to ensure that the children get an age-appropriate present from Santa.

Held at the Royal Armouries, we will be providing food and entertainment in what is sure to be a genuine Christmas treat. Please let me know any dietary requirements.

You've got a friend in Suzy Sparkles who will be back with Jesse and Woody so be prepared for the possibility of a Line Dancing! We'll be looking into having the facepainter and another form of entertainment also. Watch this space!

Please feel free to come dressed in fancy dress.  Anything Disney or Christmassy would be gorgeous.

Please note: There are a lot of ticket options with this event. This is to enable us to help Santa get the right present for each child. When booking, please use the age range of the toy that you would like rather than the physical age of your child.

Booking Now Closed

 

Christmas Fun at Sundown Adventureland
December 2018

Website:https://sundownadventureland.co.uk/themepark/

I'm now told by the Little Hiccups families that Christmas just isn't allowed to start until we've visited Sundown Adventureland. Every year we visit in early December and every year we come away with happy memories. The Little Hiccups facebook page fills up with raving reviews and pictures of smiling families. It really is one of our most cherished events.

If you haven't been to Sundown before its a theme park aimed at under 10's. The rides are more about sights and sounds than speed and there are plenty of soft play areas, playgrounds, rides, visual display amongst other delights all aimed at stimulating and tiring out those children of yours! But there is also plenty of food outlets to restock them as well for more fun. (More importantly though, there are many coffee outlets for the adults!) And what is more fun than visiting Santa and Mrs Claus at their home after riding a sleigh through a Christmas Wonderland. The Big Man is always friendly and approachable (of course!) and I hear reviews time and time again how this is the only place where a child has loved Santa at first sight. The elves on the door were also aware we were visiting that day and were ready to help out. We really couldn't ask for more!

It certainly helps as well that the weather was unseasonably warm and dry. Visiting an outdoor attraction in December is always hit or miss but we seem to get lucky. Maybe there really is magic in Sundown... The mild weather didn't deter from the Christmas theme however as all the decorations and lights were in full splendour and when the sun went down we saw them in all their glory.

This year was slightly different as it was Sundown Adventureland's 50th Birthday and they celebrated by opening the park to invite only and contacted local Charities to attend. The theme park attendees were limited to allow a relaxed session for the children and everything was free. As it was on a Friday however, a number of families were unable to attend due to work or school commitments. However, many could and as you can see from the feedback below it made for a truly magical and memorable event.

"Thank you so much. Today has been amazing at sundown adventure land. My girls have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. My daughter has found a new love in the bears to the point we had to buy her very own ones from the gift shop. Its been truly magical. "

"Thank you little hiccups. We had an absolutely amazing time"

"Thank you so much Little Hiccups for today. it was magical."

"Huge Thank you !!!!"

"We have had the most amazing day! Massive thank you to Little Hiccups for inviting us to Sundown today. As part of Sundown's 50th birthday celebration the park was closed to the public today and families with disabled children and those with life limiting conditions could enjoy a quieter park, a relaxed atmosphere and over all a spectacular day! Every little detail was thought of to make this day enjoyable and accessible for all !! Smiles all round here."

"We had the best day!!! Smiling from the second we got there... thank you again so much little hiccups."

"We just wanted to say a big Thankyou to you and everyone at Little Hiccups for organising Sundown on Sunday. We'd never been before and our boys absolutely loved it (as did we!)"

"Thank you for a lovely day!"

"Thank you Little hiccups for a fabulous day out. Fun was had by all the family. Thank you so so much everyone. Great day loads of family fun and a magical trip to Santa which Aiden loved. He even said to Santa "Please don't get stuck up the chiminy Santa" lol and gave him a hi 5. Xxx"

"Thank you so so much. My autistic little girl as well as her triplet sisters all had an absolutely fabulous time today. I cannot thank you all enough for organising and giving us a chance to have such a wonderful family day. I cried as this was the first time we didn't have any tears with Santa they all loved it and went to sleep without a peep. Exhausted and happy. Thank you so much again. Awesome day."

"Wow what an amazing place! Thank you little hiccups for encouraging the trip down. We all loved it x"

"Thank you Little Hiccups, another wonderful day out for the children. We've had an amazing day."

"Merry Christmas all. Fantastic annual sundown trip. Thank you"

"Another fabulous outing thanks to Little Hiccups. Cameron had a brilliant day"

"Thank you for an awesome day! Owen is so proud that he passed his driving test in the dark."

 

Showcase Cinema: Smallfoot
11th November 2018

WebsiteShowcase Cinema

We were back at the Showcase Cinema again this year. This time to see Smallfoot which is about Migo who is a friendly Yeti whose world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn't know existed -- a human. He soon faces banishment from his snowy home when the rest of the villagers refuse to believe his fantastic tale. Hoping to prove them wrong, Migo embarks on an epic journey to find the mysterious creature that can put him back in good graces with his simple community. It was certainly exciting and the kids, as always, got involved in the movie. Granted - this may have been them joining in the songs or dancing in the aisles or jumping up and down whilst watching.

What I love about this event is the freedom that it allows. This event has become an annual tradition as the nasty weather starts to join us and its one that will hopefully continue as it is just so important that our families get to join in and do activities that one would normally consider an everyday activity. Its just so often the case that families feel that they are unable to go as they may be considered too disruptive. Well - in our cinema viewings - we encourage it!  We want the children to enjoy the movie however they want to enjoy it! And hopefully parents can relax knowing that every single person in that cinema understands and is in fact in the same situation. 

It does also give the freedom to take younger ones as well so the whole family gets to enjoy it. I, for example, took my toddler and I would NEVER normally do that. Mainly because for the last 40 minutes of the showing we went on a walk around and up and down the stairs. I got a good work out however and hopefully managed to work off some of the popcorn I had just been eating! 

We think next year that we'll need to work on the booking in process. The queue for signing in and collecting the snacks was a little bit too long. I'll be thinking on this and ways to improve the signing in process to make it a little bit more streamlined. 

But as always - a massive thank you to everyone at The Showcase for being so accommodating. See you next November! 

"Thank you for a lovely time at small foot Little Hiccups! Xx"

"Fun had by all at cinema to see Smallfoot. Aiden loved having his own chair and watching Migo fly through the sky! THANKYOU LITTLE HICCUPS for a lovely morning. Xxx"

"Thanks so much little hiccups we had a brilliant morning at the cinema xx"

"Thankyou little hiccups for a wonderful outing to the cinema xxxxxx"

"Thank you for organising, we all really enjoyed it xx"

" it was a fab event, thank you x"

 

Canal Boating with The Safe Anchor Trust
28th October 2018

So for a little while now, one of our Trustees has been trying to get me to book a Little Hiccups trip on canal boats run by The Safe Anchor Trust in Mirfield. He had been to one of their Open Days and was blown away by what he witnessed. This year we finally organised it and are very glad we did! 

After a lot of emails back and forth, the very patient volunteers at The Safe Anchor Trust managed to answer all my questions (sea monsters werequeried at one point but I was reassured that there were none in the canals). We finalised our trip for Oct 28th and I opened up bookings.

There was a smallish issue on the week of the trip in that one of the boats ended up with a broken part and from two trips with three boats we had to change to three trips with two boats. One of these boats was still able to take wheelchairs so we were good to go!

The boat trip was certainly on a beautiful part of the River Calder and we managed to take many scenic pictures and spotted a variety of wildlife on the river. It was peaceful and relaxing but never boring. The roughly two hour trip managed to hold the attention of adults and children alike and both were also allowed sit indoors or outdoors or to even have a go at steering. My boy in particular was thrilled to be able to steer a boat and even managed to manoeuvre it through a bridge without crashing into the sides. Something I was quite pleased about!

The impressive thing about the canal boats at The Safe Anchor Trust is their accessibility and this is why we were able to join them for the day. They had a lift to allow wheelchairs and pushchairs into the boat and the toilets were fully wheelchair accessible. The lift also gave the children access to steer the boat as well if they wanted to. No child was left behind!

The canal boats also went through a lock which allowed the families to see how one works close up and personal and for the more mobile there was also the opportunity to have a go opening and closing the lock gates too. Again, my children jumped at this possibility and they absolutely loved pushing the large wooden gates open and closed and watching the boat rise to the level of the next bit of canal.

The weather was a bit hit and miss on the day (but considering it was late October we were very lucky still). The little group I was on with during the first trip had a crisp but sunny October morning. The next group I believe had just rain! From the feedback and the pictures however, it didn't seem to dampen any spirits and it seemed to be a trip that was much loved. Sometimes, its just nice to slow down once in a while it seems and enjoy the moment rather than seeking the thrills.

A massive thank you to all the volunteers from Little Hiccups to the Safe Anchor Trust who did this free of charge. Little Hiccups donated all the ticket fees straight to them to help fund their charity and I've plans for a return trip in the summer one year. Picnic by the canal anybody?

"Once again, thanks to Little Hiccups we’ve got Oliver to do something which we wouldn’t have dared attempt on our own. So impressed he actually got on the boat .. thank you""What a fantastic experience today was. Thanks to Little Hiccups for making this possible."

"A great afternoon spent on the canal and River Calder. Thanks to Little Hiccups."

"What a lovely fun afternoon on the canal. Thanks again Little Hiccups for another fab trip!"

"Thank you once again Little Hiccups for such a wonderful trip. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, despite the rain!"

"The rain didn't stop play what a trip thank you"

"Thank you Little Hiccups brilliant day on the boat xxx"

"Thank you so much. We loved our adventure on the canal boats."

"Before we embarked onto the Lady Rhodes, Nathan got quite distressed because he had to wear a life jacket, but on the narrow boat itself, he "loved it", and even had a little go at steering, and mum even had a go, and didn't even crash the boat lol! "So all good!""

 

Bowling logoBowling at Barnsley Bowl
16th September 2018

We'd had a few requests for a bowling event so I thought we'd give it a go. It was never going to be an easy event to organise as bowling is by its very nature, a noisy sport! I approached a few bowling alleys in Leeds but wasn't having much luck. They promised to be very busy and the alleys concerned were hard to contact and wouldn't turn down the music for our session. I put word out to the families to ask their opinion and got a very help suggestion from one...to go speak to Barnsley Bowl. I promptly did so and found a completely different attitude. They were helpful, responsive and willing to make changes to suit our group. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I very quickly booked a date with them and spread the word.

We arrived on the day and I had several staff helping with the changes that occurred as we'd had a couple of last minute swaps. Every family had 2 games and we had the usual Hiccups fun and chaos that comes from a Hiccups event. What was important though was that families were relaxed and enjoying family time. The children coped incredibly well with the noise of the pins and bowling bowls and it was lovely to see so many involved. Wheelchairs, for example weren't a problem either. And for those that struggled to lift the bowling balls there were bowling ramps to help them. Everyone could have a go if they wanted to!

We'd also ordered a buffet and there was more than enough to feed everyone! There was so much left at the end that several of us took a pack up for our lunches the next day AND we left some to put out on the counter for the other visitors and staff if they wanted it. We'd also asked if they were able to provide a vegan option and they really outdid themselves. The amount and quality of vegan food they supplied was incredibly decision and certainly better than your custom salad! 

A lot of games stopped for the food but what was lovely is that they were able to pick them back up again after if the family wanted. Some, like mine, skipped back and forth between food and bowling. Others rejoined the game as a family after. There was no pressure and no rushing. I certainly think that we'll be back at Barnsley Bowl again. Thank you to everyone that works there that helped us that day.

"Thank you Little Hiccups for bowling Nile loved it. Even though the kids won! High 5 Jack and Nile x"

"Thank you for a brilliant day out yesterday. Yusuf said it’s the best day his ever had. All the kids said it was The best a fantastic day. Buffet was great also. Kids loved the cheese cakes. X"

http://www.barnsleybowl.co.uk/

 

Tea Party ImageChildren's Tea Party at Iveridge Hall
12th August 2018

Last year Little Hiccups envisioned a slightly more sophisticated Family Fun Day for the children as they are unable to attend the Hiccups Event of the Year - our Fundraising Ball (November 24th this year - you can book online here: http://www.littlehiccups.co.uk/charityball/). Our wondering thoughts led us to an Afternoon Tea Party (because who can turn down cake) and when Iveridge Hall offered us their gardens to use for a Hiccups event we jumped at the opportunity to put our plans into action. Last year was a huge success and we had wonderful food in wonderful surroundings. We had many requests to repeat it this year and were happy to oblige.

The owners of Iveridge Hall, Graham and Linda, were generous enough to lend us their gardens and facilities again which were very gratefully received. We also thought the food was so delicious last year that we approached the same caterers. Since last August, they have moved from their Caravan, Rosie, that travelled to events to their very own cafe - Hart Coffee House and Deli in Boston Spa. They were still happy to help us out though and the food and crockery was all thanks to them. The cakes were particularly beautiful with masses of creamy icing on top of delicious, moist sponge. (My mouth is actually watering thinking about them again! If you are ever in Boston Spa, I recommend paying them a visit and sampling one (or two!) of the cakes! There was so much food left over unfortunately that we need to remember to ask people to bring some tupperwear with them next year so that they can take some home with them. This year, our Chairperson Sarah, nipped into the Leeds General Infirmary Children's Ward and St Georges Crypt after the event and made sure that no food went to waste.

As sophisticated as Afternoon Tea is, we decided that the children required entertainment and possibly to burn off all the sugar that we had just supplied them with. With this in mind we hired a bouncy castle and a Soft Play area complete with bouncy unicorns (which my toddler was particularly fond of!) from Bounce and Wobble. Got to say - not sure if it burnt energy off or just gave them boundless more but they certainly seemed to enjoy themselves.

This year it was also through that it would be nice to have a calmer sensory corner for those either less mobile or that wanted to escape the noise and inevitable giddiness that comes with a bouncy castle. After some home crafting and raiding of the Hiccups storage unit, I think the Trustees managed to put together quite a nice and magical little area of the garden to escape into.

And of course, no 'posh' event is complete without horses so of course we had to see if we could hire some. We were lucky enough to be able to hire KL Therapy Ponies last minute and they brought with them two of the most adorable miniature horses that I, and everyone else, fell in love with straight away. They were the most docile creatures and loved sampling the grass at Iveridge Hall. The children enjoyed stroking, brushing, plaiting manes and holding the reins. I think the ponies quite enjoyed all the attention too!

All in all, it was a lovely day, with lovely company and great food and entertainment. Even the weather behaved and it was certainly hit and miss leading up to the event. I'd been watching the forecast all week and it was a complete tease with showers changing to rain changing to storms, back to clear then showers, etc. In the end it behaved itself. We had a very light drizzle but then it was cloudy and just warm enough. Which in my mind is the perfect summer day but then I am ginger and hide from any sun so some may disagree with me on this!

Thank you to everyone that came and helped make it such a special day.

"Thank you once again Little Hiccups for such a lovely afternoon tea, with great food, great company and a great place to visit! It was also lovely to meet some new faces as well, already looking forward to the next outing xxx"

"Thanks for the lovely tea party, Jacob loved the sensory garden as you can see x"

"Thank you for another fabulous afternoon tea xx"

Links

Iveridge Hall
Harts Coffee House and Deli (Facebook link)

Bounce and Wobble
KL Pony Therapy

 


 

Kidzone LogoLittle Hiccups 9th Birthday Celebrations!
Creepy Crawlie Party at Royal Armouries
1st July 2018

It's Little Hiccups 9th Birthday this year and we invited the families to help us celebrate! We like a good party so had a lot planned.

Meet a Creature paid us a visit and brought with them a variety of animals. We had a very friendly rabbit called Flora that a number of the children fell in love with. She was a particular lovely rabbit that enjoyed hopping around the room on her lead and getting lots of cuddles from her visitors. Then there were the less cuddly animals but not less delightful. There were snakes, a bearded dragon, a tortoise, a tarantula (which enjoyed sitting on heads) among others. We had the animals on a stand in a slightly separate room so that the animals were not bothered by the noise of the party and also so the children were in a quieter room when meeting the animals.

We also invited back our regular Susie Sparkles to entertain the children as she just does it SO well! Susie has been our regular entertainment at our parties for the last few years and she knows our kids well. Her outfit for this event certainly blew us all away as she came in a gorgeous dress with enormous wings like a butterfly. It was certainly a sight to behold. Susie did her usual fantastic job entertaining all the children with games and songs and there were a lot of very tired but happy children at the end of the party - always a good result!

As if that wasn't enough, Nicola from Face Painting by Cheeky Faces was available to paint faces and arms to requests. I saw unicorns, flowers, sunsets, action heroes, bandits. Our children do have a wonderful range of imaginations! And Nicola managed to beautifully fulfill them all! 

As always, we were in the glamorous Royal Armories setting. And the staff and the way the team gels there never ceases to impress me. It honestly is like clockwork. I love events there as its just so organised! I have very little to do to prepare for the event. Just how I like it! The food went down very well. Especially the cake! 

Alison from Celebration Balloons of Rothwell was also on hand to decorate the room with the finishing touches. The children loved the animal themed balloons with caterpillar, bee and butterfly balloons on top of balloon towers.

I think the parties are getting harder to top though bring on our 10th Anniversary Party next year. I have a few ideas...

"Happy Birthday Little Hiccups, thanks for a great party x"

"It was really nice to see Emily interact with the animals. Especially the rabbit!"

"Thanks for the great party!!"

"Enjoyed meeting the animals - Emily thought the rabbit was a teddy bear and was very reluctant to let go!"

"Thank you again Little Hiccups for a lovely morning! Took us a bit to get through the door when we got there due to "feeling too shy" but once in he had a fab time!!"

"He had so much fun xx"

"Happy 9th birthday little hiccups thankyou for todays party xxx"

"Happy birthday. We had a blast. Thank you xx"

"Thanks for a lovely party!!! Harvey had a ball. Touched a tarantula!! And played on stage . I was so proud of him. Lovely to see everyone. Can't wait for the next event xx"

Websites:
https://royalarmouries.org/venue/royal-armouries-museum/
http://www.meetacreature.co.uk
http://www.susie-sparkles.co.uk
http://www.nicolasfacepaint.co.uk/
https://www.rothwellballoons.co.uk/

 

Kidzone LogoSoft Play at Kid Zone Play Centre
Sunday 10th June 2018

Website: http://www.kidzoneplaycentre.co.uk/.

In June, Little Hiccups visited Kidzone. a soft play area in Garforth which provides kids the chance to play, learn, explore and party in a safe and stimulating environment.

Kidzone has recently swapped hands and the new owners Carl & Claire Barron are incredibly welcoming. They really couldn't do enough for Little Hiccups and paid extra attention to the food requirements. We had gluten free and lactose/egg/nut free options amongst others and anything that could been deemed as an allergic risk was clearly highlighted. The food was particularly enjoyed by children and adults. Children were treated to party food of sandwiches, pizza, crisps, fruit, buns and ice cream. Parents were treated to panini and chips. There was certainly plenty to go around.

Earlier that week, Carl and Claire had managed to open their brand new Sensory Room and this was particularly enjoyed by several of the children. There was different textures, sequin cushions (which I took a fondness to!) bubble tubes and fibre optics. The room was calming and captivating with a space theme and star light adding to the atmosphere.

We did unfortunately book our event on the same days as the AJ Bell World Triathalon which caused several families to be unable to attend due to road closures. I'm lamenting the fact that there is no one website that has planned road closures on. Leeds City Council - take note! I do think that Little Hiccups will become regulars here however so next time we won't book it on the same day as a major event (hopefully!) 

Kid Zone do also offer an dedicated session for children with additional needs once a month. It is an event where families can relax and play without prejudice. We will be closed to the general public for this event. There will be no music playing during this session.  Admission is £2 for all children (including siblings) and 10% off all meals. 

"1st time in forever we went to a soft play and it didn't end in disaster my boys had an awesome time xx thank you"

"Our first visit to a little hiccups Robbie enjoyed himself and really likes the sensory room here. Looking forward to coming to another afternoon out x"

"Thanks for todays session ive never been to a relaxed and fun play gym experience before always ended in tears but he had a great time and was very proud of himself telling me he made a friend too"

"Thanks for a lovely afternoon. Harvey had a brilliant time. Very relaxed and meant a relaxed mummy as well ! Hope to see u soon. Xx"

"Thankyou little hiccups for a really relaxed soft play session loved the sensory room n food was lovely xxx"

"Thank you" Little Hiccups for such a great event. :) And for the lovely array of food, you never seem to disappoint! ?? Kid Zone, "thank you" very much for having us all, and putting the spread on. I think that children as well as adults had a good time! xx"

"Thank you so much for the soft play session this afternoon and the fab food and drinks! We had a lovely time xx"

 

Ponderosa LogoPonderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre 20th May 2018
May 2018

Date: Sunday 20th May 2018
Opening Time: 10am - 5pm
Address: Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre, Ponderosa Park, Off Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike WF16 0PN.
Price: £3 per person. Under 2's Free.
Website: http://ponderosa-centre.co.uk/

Booking closes Sunday 13th May 2018

We last visited Ponderosa YEARS ago when we first started our Family Fun Days. It'll be nice to visit it again.

The Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre was established by a group of people who wanted to help bridge the gap between disabled and able bodied people.

Ponderosa has a wide range of different animals from all over the world, ranging from the Tropical Jungles of Brazil to the Sandy Plains of Australia. There are also zip wires, play areas, a reptile room, a bunny barn and lots more to visit!

Little Hiccups have hired out the Lakeside Restaurant for the day for the Little Hiccups families so that you can take a picnic and eat in comfort and relax a little bit more! The Restaurant can hold 50 people at a time.

Little Hiccups has organised entry only. There are some extra costs on the day should you wish to partake such as entry into the Soft Play, the Pony Rides, etc. Please have a look at the website for the costs.

Accessibility

Ponderosa is fully wheelchair accessible so everyone can come and enjoy what we have to offer and have a fantastic day out.

*In winter our paths can get quite wet so wellies are recommended! 

Construction of a visitor centre began in January 1997. This now provides facilities such as toilets for the disabled and a refreshment area. There is NO Changing Place. I will check the availability of a First Aid Room and if we are able to use if required. 

 

Indoor Skydiving at iFly
22nd April 2018

Websitewww.airkix.com/plan/manchester.aspx

Little Hiccups has been back to iFly in Manchester to once again take to the skies. iFly is where those dreams of flight become a reality. Our families were suspended in a column of air which totally reproduces the feeling of freefall. It was super safe, super fun, super cool and anyone over the age of 4 was able to have a go if they wanted.

It isn't for everyone. Indoor Skydiving is an incredible sensory experience but for some it may be too much. Consequently on the day we had some children back out which is absolutely fine. We're just proud of them for giving it a go! And who knows - next time might be better and they might get a little bit further. We like to think that this is partly what Little Hiccups is about. #NoLimits sometimes means going out of your comfort zone but its absolutely fine if you want to go straight back into it! Our job is to provide the opportunities. We think every child deserves the right to have that at least.

The instructors on the day were fantastic. They were patient, understanding and incredibly helpful. We'd asked parents and carers beforehand if they thought that their child might have required a little bit extra support in the air tunnel and if two instructors were needed. Whenever this was the case they were always pleasant and willing to help out. Flyers were taught hand signals to better help them fly but the all important one was thumbs down. If the instructor saw you do this one they took you straight out with no hesitation. I know of one child with sensory issues who was very nervous about flying who used this his first time in the tunnel and that was a big step in earning his trust so that he felt able to give it another go. Super proud of his willingness to keep going! And I've got to admit - I also used this hand signal the first time I was in. I found the wind in my face a bit overpowering and struggled to catch my breath. I did the thumbs down and was out in seconds. Couldn't fault them at all! And just in case you are wondering - I also went back in and loved it the second time now I knew what to expect. I even successfully achieved the High-Fly where you go to the top of the wind tunnel. I've not looked at the photo of me in the tunnel though - not sure I'm brave enough for that! And for those of you that are like me and not a fan of wind in your face, I did notice that they can provide a full face helmet instead of just goggles for a small extra cost. I think I'll be going down that route next time!

We'd also like to thank the on site Italian cafe for providing all the food on the day. It was, I think, definitely the cherry on the cake for a fantastic day. Till next time!

"What a day."

"We had the best time. Thank you so much, still on a high now."

"Feeling very proud of my little man for doing it. Exhausted though."

"Had a brilliant time!!"

"We are all on an adrenaline come down"

"Omg it was awesome xx"

"Still buzzingxxx"

"Thanks for arranging a lovely event, sadly Harvey hated it lol. Too much going on and although we managed to wear the suit the goggles were a step too far. Luckily I brought the ipad so he was ok then. Ryan loved it though ! And I enjoyed the eating haha roll on next trip xx"

"Thank you so much for a fabulous day, we had an awesome time Skydiving, Max and Christabel have not stopped talking about it, you made my Max fly like a super hero and he loved it, thanks again for an incredible day out xx"

"Thank you Little Hiccups for a fabulous day what fun we all had.

"Thanks so much for today!"

"Brilliant day!! Thank you again!! Xx"

 

Dean Sanderson's LogoRelaxed Family Photoshoot
4th and 24th March 2018

Websitewww.deansanderson.co.uk

We've used Dean the last couple of years for our Family Photoshoot as he is just so welcoming and experienced with all the families. Dean has a lot of experience with children with additional needs and is prepared to spend that extra time putting them at their ease to get the perfect shot. His shots also always capture the true nature of the child and I've seen shot after shot of the child laughing and enjoying the photoshoot!

Included in the package was a 30 minute photoshoot and then all images were available to download and either print off elsewhere or via Dean.

This year we split it over 2 weekends and were cursed slightly with horrendous weather (not once but twice!) for one of the groups causing us to cancel and rearrange. I'd just like to take this opportunity to say thank you to that group and to Dean for their patience and understanding.

"Photoshoot was brilliant both my kids loved it and posed so well for Dean. It was more them having fun rather than having a photoshoot. They both were free to do what they wanted rather than told to pose a certain way. Dean has a way with kids and made them laugh so much. He let my son on his computer to show us all the pics and even take a few of his sister. Really grateful for the extra mile he went for us to make the kids feel at ease. Pictures came out brilliant and natural. Can’t wait for the next one!!"

"Dean was absolutely brilliant. Laughing and joking putting the kids at ease. Nothing is to much trouble for him and he makes you feel so at ease that you forget your sat in front of a camera. So yes we've captured some special family magic to go on canvas for all to share that enter our home. Many thanks to Dean Sanderson Photography. And to little hiccups for providing families for the chance to capture our special families xxxx"

"Dean always makes us feel at ease. My boy truly gets into model mode once he's with Dean. So many gorgeous shots."

 

 

The Deep logoVisit to The Deep in Hull
25th February 2018

The Deep was named Runner Up in the Visit England Inclusive Tourism Award 2017. It has also been awarded Gold in the National Enjoy England Awards - Access for All category 2011, and Silver in the Enjoy England Award in the Access for All Category, 2009. And you can see why. They have truly done their best to make the visit accessible to all. Its often just the simple things that have the most impact. Like the way that The Deep has a separate entrance for accessibility and groups and the queue tends to be shorter here - always a good thing for our children.

Our trip unfortunately missed the grand opening of the new Changing Place which was a shame and would have been very useful but we were welcome to use the First Aid room on the day. We've since seen the photos of the Changing Place and with its wall of a coral reef image its got to be oneof the prettiest! It contains an adjustable bed, hoist, adjustable basin and mirror, a centrally placed toilet and a portable privacy screen. The Changing Places facilities is also open to any who need it - not just visitors at The Deep.

I've not even mentioned the exhibits at The Deep yet. It takes about 2-3 hours to get around and in this time you pass large glass tanks full of fish, jellyfish, sharks, giant serene looking turtles (my favourite) dangerous looking Swordfish (my son's favourite) and of course, the penguins - who were all in doze mode when we passed them. Can't say I blame them though. Looked peaceful! You pass through the history of giant marine animals of times past and onto our present. You get a glimpse into the Midnight Zone and the animals that reside in the darkness. The learn of the dangers that humankind are presenting to this world and ways in which we can help (Spoiler - reduce plastic use!) and near the end you are shown a variety of non-marine animals such as the Leafcutter Ants that snaked their way from leaf source to their ant nest on ropes above our heads. All in all, it was a very educational and fun day. It is definitely worth a visit if you have never been.

Some of the feedback that we received on the day was that it was too busy which some of the children didn't cope too well with. Unfortunately in this instance it couldn't be helped. We decided to visit The Deep in the winter months as it was cosy and warm indoors and it seems that a lot of other people also had the same idea! However, when I spoke to The Deep after the event to thank them I mentioned the feedback. I was informed that they are now doing Tranquil Tuesday after 3pm where the lights will be brighter and the audio turned down, creating a tranquil environment for visitors. This event is perfect for those who prefer to visit during a quieter and more peaceful environment. I was also informed that there will be a 'Quiet Day' on September 12th - keep an eye on their website for more information on this!

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"Thanks for today Little Hiccups was a lovely day."

"Thank you for organizing such a lovely trip to the Deep"

"Great afternoon - Billy didn't just tolerate the crowds (best result ever in a public place)- he had a brilliant time interacting with all the lights and displays and ice wall! Thanks guys x"

"Thank you little hiccups had a cracking day out was great to see kids interacting but best was watching Ben focusing and following the fish xxx"

"Fab day out xxx"

"Thanks for a fab day"

"Thank you Little Hiccups fab day as always. What would we do without you. Didn't take photos but we had a great day xxx"

"Thank you for a lovely day at The Deep"

"Thank you so much for today. The boys had a fab time"

"Thanks little hiccups. Great morning at the Deep."

"Thank you little hiccups for a great trip to the deep."

"Thank you joe loves his deep family day out."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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