If your child feels overwhelmed by big crowds or loud noises, don't let it stop you from bringing them to the popular annual Come Fly a Kite event in Te Atatu Peninsula.
The Chill Zone is an area at the event where any child who is feeling a little overwhelmed can come for a little bit of quiet time to regulate themselves. It is a fully enclosed area (with the option of having the door open) filled with sensory toys such as fidget spinners and 'pop it' toys, as well as quiet time activities. They can relax on bean bags and look up at the fairy lights or pop on a set of earmuffs if they need to. This space is open for everyone to share for as little or as long as they need.
“I’m pleased that parents can be supported to bring along children to this much-loved event,” says Henderson Massey Local Board Chairperson Chris Carter.
“This is a positive example of being responsive to what families and people in our communities need to be able to enjoy everything on offer in our local area.”
The annual event is funded by Henderson-Massey Local Board. The Chill Zone was created following a suggestion from local Saskia Corrigan.
Advocating for inclusivity is important to her. Saskia’s daughter’s name is Lola and she’s 4. Lola has autism. She says that a space like this means so much to a parent with a child on the autism spectrum.
“Nothing means more to me than to feel like my child is being included. Social surroundings can be very overwhelming for people living with ASD, so having a calm, quiet, sensory space set up makes both the child and the parent’s day much more enjoyable,” Saskia says.
Come Fly A Kite will be held on Sunday 19 March, 11am-3pm, at Orangihina Harbourview Park
You will be able to find the Chill Zone right next to the information tent.