Kids Out Day
KidsOut is the only UK charity dedicated to bringing fun and happiness into the lives of disadvantaged kids by positive activities and experiences that contribute to their development, well-being and outlook for a happier more inclusive future.
Kids Out Day is an event carried out by a large number of the Rotary Clubs throughout UK and Ireland on the same day – taking kids with learning or physical difficulties to some fun place for the day. From a small beginning in 1990 when Kingston Rotary Club organised a day out at Thorpe Park for 200 disabled and disadvantaged children, this enterprise has now grown into a nationwide Rotary activity which in 2012 saw 25,000 children attending venues all over the UK.
We have been participating in this day out for 7 years and have taken the pupils of Mitchell House School out for the day to the Portaferry Aquarium, Castle Espie, the Zoo and Streamvale Open Farm, Dundonald and the Ulster Museum.
Kids Out Day 2017
For this year's 'Kids Out Day' the Club again organised for 25 Mitchell House Special School children to visit the W5 Science and Discovery Centre at the Odyssey complex on Friday 09 June. Kids Out Day is an event carried out by a large number of the Rotary Clubs throughout UK and Ireland on the same day – taking kids with learning or physical difficulties to some fun place for the day.
W5 is Ireland's award winning Science and Discovery Centre with over 250 interactive exhibits based on the themes of Discovery, Go, See and Do. In the Discovery area the children can learn about themselves in the hands on interactive exhibition and the world about them by painting on a digital canvas in the Art Studio, playing animal sounds in the farmyard, going shopping in a mock-up shop, using the crane to build in the construction area and, in the Donnelly Group garage, building a soft play Formula 1 car or climbing into a brand new Fiat 500 which has all the sounds and switches of a real car. W5 was a great hit with the children (and the adults!). A couple of hours flew by and all set out to Pizza Hut for a well deserved lunch of pizzas, chicken nuggets and drinks.
The Club thanks all those members who accompanied the kids to W5 or otherwise helped to make it the success it was.
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