Monday 11th April – Friday 22nd of April

Pop Up activity centre for children and young people with disabilities.

SGS Pegasus School, Patchway, Bristol, BS32 4AJ

The Pop Up is split into sessions based on your child’s needs, from quieter to more active lively sessions, so your child can experience the benefits of movement  and play in an environment that’s right for them.

Gympanzees sessions are for children and young people (0-25 years) with sensory, physical, learning difficulties, SEN and any mild to profound disability. Explore our different session types below and scroll to find our Easter Pop Up Timetable.

Session Types

We run four different sessions which meet the needs of children  and young people with all different abilities and disabilities – ensuring we are truly inclusive: 

  1. Jungle sessions: For any child with any disability and their siblings and friends. 
  2. Butterfly sessions: For more fragile and non-mobile children.  Make sure to select a session ‘No Siblings session’ if you would like a quieter butterfly session.
  3. Leopard sessions: Quieter sessions for those with sensory needs 
  4. Gorilla Sessions: Suitable for loud, physical individuals, who prefer their own space. Individuals who may can find the environment and others around them challenging. 

Watch our Pop Up Fly Through

Please see our fly through video so visitors can get an idea of what to expect before they arrive.

Different rooms

There will be a music room, calm sensory room, trampoline room, soft playroom, indoor playground, active sensory room, outdoor playground and gym. There will also be a sociable café to meet and chat with others after your session.

Hangout space for pre-teens, teens and young adults!

We are also introducing a new hangout space for our older sessions this year! Anyone visiting for our 10-16, 11-25 and 15-25 years sessions will be able to visit the hangout.

There will be table tennis, table football, board and cards games, giant games (Jenga, bowls, boccia, connect four) and lots of space to chill out with comfy beanbags and cushions. As well as a TV and gaming corner! 

Innowalks

We are delighted to confirm the Innowalks will be back at the Pop Up this year! With specific time slots for visitors to book.

These brilliant pieces of kit offer whole-body exercise with weight-bearing, allowing our young visitors to sit, stand and move more comfortably.

Innowalk sessions are 1 hour long and will need to be booked in advance. The Innowalks will be at the Pop Up on the 11th, 12th, 14th, 19th and 20th April.

Innowalk sessions are separate to regular Gympanzees sessions and are for specific use of the Innowalk during that time.

Two young children using specialist assisted walkers at the Gympanzees Pop Up

Explore the different sessions

How to find us....

Thank you to Sunrise Foundation CIO and John James Bristol Foundation for supporting our Pop Ups

FAQ's

All sessions must be pre-booked to allow us to plan for our visitors. Choose the session that best matches your family’s needs. There are sessions for different abilities. Please read the descriptions and get in contact if you need more help to plan your visit. 

Yes, siblings are welcome in almost all of our sessions. You will need to book separate spaces for each child.

You can book a ‘No Sibling Butterfly’ session for our visitors who would prefer a bit more space and  are non-mobile, fragile and spend more time on the floor.

No. Parents, carers and older siblings who will not be using the centre do not need to purchase a ticket. 

£8 per child/young person – including siblings

£4 concessions, per child/young person – including siblings

Concessions

We want Gympanzees to be accessible for all children/young people to enjoy. If you receive any of the following means-tested benefits you are eligible for our concession price;

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income support
  • NHS Tax Credit Exemption certificate
  • Universal Credit – not if this is purely for disability benefit

Please note this is only for low income families and you will need bring to the event your proof of support.

If transport or cost of sessions are stopping you or someone you know from booking a space at The Gympanzees Pop Up, thanks to the kind support of Mothers Union, we can cover the cost of travel to the Pop Up and can provide a fee wavier. Please contact info@gympanzees.org to let us know. 

Although this may change depending on Government guidance currently our plans include:

  • A limit to the number of people who can attend each session.

  • All staff will have had a minimum of two Covid vaccinations. 

  • All staff will be taking lateral flow tests before sessions.

  • All parents will need to take lateral flow tests before attending.

  • Visitors must use track and trace when entering the building.

  • Masks must be worn, unless exempt or when eating/drinking.

  • Hand gel will be readily available in all areas.

  • Frequent touchpoints will be regularly wiped down during and between sessions.  

We will still be running  Butterflies, Gorilla, Leopard and Jungle sessions for children. To find out which session best suites your child, watch our explainer videos here.  

ButterflyGorilla,  LeopardJungle.

The sessions are 90 minutes apart from Butterfly sessions which are 2 hours (to allow for the extra time needed for hoisting and toileting). 

Whilst we will be happy to lend a hand, make some adaptations to the space and show you how equipment works, we cannot get involved with the moving and handling or supervision of your group. We need to keep an eye on the whole space and so can’t spend too much time with one family. We would be grateful if you can bring enough people to make your visit work for you all, especially if you are bringing siblings. 

Yes, we will have a cafe with refreshments and snacks which you are welcome to use at the end of your session.

Yes there is parking on site.

“There is a difference between your children being tolerated and celebrated, but here it is so clear they are celebrated.”
- Parent from Bristol.