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The Shine Shed is Sydney’s only all-abilities play centre catering for kids, teens and young adults of all abilities. The Shine Shed welcomes everyone, with a wheelchair swing, adaptive zipline seat and sensory room, specialised therapy swings, trampoline and foam pit. Accessible parking and a bathroom equipped with an electric-lift change table and hoist means families have all they need for an accessible day out. 

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Kids and teens of all abilities can join in the Shine Shed fun. Credit: Supplied


For many children with a disability, birthday parties can be a real challenge, whether they are a guest or the birthday person themselves. Parties can be overwhelmingly loud and unpredictable, and many venues can’t meet the needs of kids for whom this is a problem.  The Shine Shed provides a sensory-friendly birthday party for all ages and have a range of options for any budget, from a self-catered kiosk party to whole-centre hire.

Smiles all round at this sensory-friendly birthday party. Credit: Supplied

Since opening, it’s hosted many successful first-time parties for children who have been unable to enjoy a party in the past. It’s wonderful to see the smiles and joy on the faces of the children, but also the happiness of the parents as they watch on. 


“Today we held my non-verbal son’s 7th birthday party at The Shine Shed. We booked the centre out and Lisa and her staff were amazing in the lead-up and on the day. Nothing was too much trouble and they were extremely accommodating with regards to understanding our needs and requests! They went above and beyond to make sure our first real attempt at a birthday party was a huge success. I would not hesitate in recommending visiting The Shine Shed or holding a birthday party here! The best experience! Thank you, Lisa, and your wonderful team!” – Karen


The Shine Shed is well-known for its awesome Nerf battles that are great for the whole family and run during the school holidays and other times as announced on its Facebook page. Nerf battles are a great opportunity for kids and the young at heart to play and make friends, get some fun exercise and test their Nerf skills. The Shine Shed supplies Nerf blasters and darts to use on the day or you can bring own. They are also developing some switch-adapted Nerf blasters for those participants with limited hand function so everyone can join the fun! The cost is just the standard entry fee of $27 for two hours and family passes are available.

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The whole family can get in on the act – grown-ups too! Credit: Supplied


The Shine Shed is proud to announce that it is opening a second venue at Vineyard in Sydney’s north-west! Proudly owned by the Thompson family, The Shine Shed North West Sydney is scheduled to open in April 2020 and will bring its amazing sensory-play facility closer to families, schools and disability services in The Hills area and surrounds, so that more people get the opportunity to Shine! Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for updates.

To book your next party, email or call 02 4629 5555 and press 2. Want your own Shine Shed? Contact Lisa on


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