Interactive art adventures for girls weekend

Recently four very special teens had a fun and interactive arts experience at our Very Special Kids girls weekend.

The weekend kicked off with a Friday night Mexican feast at the hospice. The girls enjoyed being mini MasterChef’s and helping prep the chicken fajita wraps.

On Saturday the girls glammed up and were treated to makeovers before heading into the city to visit the ArtVo museum.

ArtVo is a new immersive art gallery or ‘trick art’ gallery – the first of its kind in Australia. Unlike normal art museums, visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the artworks.

The girls absolutely loved this and had a ball taking photos and becoming part of the art.

“The art gallery was so cool! I loved the mermaid picture with me in it!” said 13-year-old Amelia.

In addition to the fun activities, Mates Weekends are a great chance for very special teens to create meaningful friendships, hang out, and feel like regular kids with normal lives.

18-year-old Chantelle agrees, “I liked hanging out with girls that are in the same boat as myself and doing really fun things we wouldn’t normally do.”

The girls who attended, despite having physical challenges still have very high cognitive ability. They are able to relate, and share their feelings with one another, without the fear of judgement or misunderstanding. It’s the perfect setting to forget their worries and just enjoy a fun-filled weekend

This weekend was made possible by the generous support of volunteers, Platform 28 and a very special thank you to Upstream Foundation for funding the Very Special Kids Mates Weekends program.