Toys“R”Us will be holding an autism friendly exclusive ‘experience’ event for families affected by autism and additional needs this month supporting World Autism Awareness Week and offering families a calm environment with their child. The event will offer a relaxed browsing environment, so families can enjoy the experience of shopping with their children. The event will allow families to browse the latest selection of toys and games in a subdued environment.

The autism friendly browsing experience will take place on the Sunday 29th March from 9-11am in every Toys“R”Us Store across the country, with the exception of Belfast Castle Court.

All stores will be inviting families to experience an environment more suited to their children’s needs. Reduced fluorescent lighting, no loud music or tannoy announcements and autism friendly signage are just some of the initiatives Toys“R”Us will be carrying out to ensure a more calming influence in store.

Mike Coogan, Toys“R”Us Marketing and eCommerce Director, said: “We understand that bright lights, tall racks, strange smells, noises and unknown people can sometimes be daunting for children affected by autism, but an event like this allows lots of children and their families to visit our store together and enjoy the facilities and content of the store, the same as other children can do without concerns."

Due to Sunday Trading legislation, Toys“R”Us are unable to perform any sales transactions, process any Direct purchases or complete any Returns until the official store opening time at 11am.

This may cause concerns to some families whose children may struggle with the patience of waiting between choosing their items and their parents being able to pay for them due to Sunday Trading laws. Any parents, who wish to return later that morning to pay for shopping, will be offered this opportunity.

For more information please visit Toys“R”Us website