These holidays, Grand Central Toowoomba is creating a Christmas event suitable for children with sensory disorders.

As part of the centre’s sensory events, Sensory Santa sessions will take place outside of trading hours, from 7:30am to 9:30am, where 10 minute appointments can be booked to avoid queues.

Sensory Souls Director Chanelle Avison started the project, aiming to alleviate some of the stress similar events can cause parents with special needs children.

“Sensory Santa gives families with special needs children individual time with Santa, to have a photo in an environment that caters for the child’s sensory disorder,” said Ms Avison.

“A forever memory and a photo that says a thousand words and fills gaps in a family’s album that others might take for granted.”

In addition to the Sensory Santa sessions, BCC Cinemas Grand Central will be showing a sensory friendly movie on Sunday 3 December at 10:30am.

BCC Cinemas Assistant General Manager Courtney Watts said the cinema was proud to offer monthly sensory-friendly films for families who fear disturbing other patrons in public sessions.

“These sessions offer an escape to the movies in a relaxed environment and enable guests to enjoy quality family time and be themselves,” Ms Watts said.

You can find further information about Grand Central’s sensory experiences here.

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