Why we run Autism Nights at Pirates

Autism Nights

We want all children to feel welcome at Pirate’s with our Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD friendly evenings!



In 2018, a national survey run by the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) found that every 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

So we wanted to do something to help.


For over five years, we’ve been opening our doors to children of all ages and abilities, promoting our monthly Autism Nights in the centre. These specially designed evenings are there to help children with Autism, ADHD and Asperger’s to socialise in a calm, relaxed environment.


We set up the venture as a safe and happy place for every child to get the chance to play. Our soft play centre and popular birthday party venue has been a favourite amongst young children and their parents, both locally and within the wider Nottinghamshire community.


But the idea that some of the children in our community wouldn’t feel safe playing at Pirates didn’t sit well with us.


Katy Kerr, co-founder of Pirate’s Play centre explains why she created these specialised events;

‘We realise how difficult and stressful it can be for families when they have a child with additional needs. Sometimes Play Centres can be very loud, and parents worry that they will be judged by other parents. We know it can be a very lonely place.

We wanted to open the centre up for a session where families with children with additional needs can come and feel safe; knowing that it won’t be busy or too loud, knowing they won’t be judge. We hope that they can socialise and meet other families facing the same issues and make some valuable new friendships’.



Want to come to our next Autism Night?


The Pirate’s Autism Nights run on the first Tuesday of every month, and are open from 5pm – 7pm for a standard £4.50 entry rate per child. So if you’re looking for a safe, friendly and comforting space for your little Pirates to play, why not pop in and see what we can offer.

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