Activities at Derian House

Making memories is what we're all about

Play is an important part of life at Derian House. Our wellbeing and play team make sure our children have fun, follow their interests and get the chance to enjoy new experiences. 

The team works with children and young people of all ages, offering activities such as sensory and therapeutic play, peer support groups, memory-making sessions and even therapies such as baby massage. 

Scroll down to read more about our activities for families and for young people. 

Things to do with your family at Derian House

Get crafty in Messy Play – your children can unleash their creativity with all sorts of
activities from painting and creating seasonal artwork, to playing with sand and making mud pies. We love making hand prints, foot prints, and even nose and toe prints!

Following the lead of a qualified instructor, infant massage is a soothing practice for young babies and their parents to bond in a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

Bringing Derian to your home: activities, crafts, sensory and therapeutic play. This service is useful for families who struggle to access our groups.

The weekly sessions are a chance for our youngest children to enjoy arts, crafts, singing, story time and sensory and therapeutic play in a safe environment. It’s a chance for both children and parents to have fun and meet new friends.

Relax and unwind with our in-house complementary therapist who offers therapeutic services including massage, Reiki, and head massage. 

Meet other Derian families and make friends at our family day sessions which run during the school holidays for our children, young people, and their siblings… and parents of course!

From arts and crafts, music and dance, and playing in our Smile Park – there’s plenty to do! 

Our older children and young people who use our Lodge services are able to spend quality time with their families and enjoy a range of games, crafts and other activities at our newest family event. 

We also offer group ‘family stay and play’ once a month on Saturdays for families to come together and socialise. 

Activities for children and young people

We have a qualified music therapist who visits us once a week to deliver individual or group sessions of music therapy.

As well as fun, music therapy is proven to help support psychological, emotional, physical, and communicative needs. 

Contact the Play and Wellbeing team to find out more:


Children and young people can visit Derian for a day filled with activities planned around them. It is also an opportunity for them to meet like-minded youngsters. 

These happen once a month for young people and are split into sessions for different age groups. Our youngsters play board games, enjoy karaoke, watch films, make food together – and have plenty of fun.

Children and young people can access social activities within the community – these can be zoo trips, theatre, gigs, adventure centres, football matches, cinema trips, shopping, meals out, and more.