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Saturday 14 March 2020

Blue Reef Aquarium, Portsmouth

The Family Fun Day is the perfect opportunity for families affected by TSC to get together for a great day out.

You’ll be able to connect with other families who understand how TSC can affect lives, in a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere where the kids can enjoy themselves. So, come along and get a warm welcome!

The next Family Fun Day will be at Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth on Saturday 14 March 2020. Future Family Fun Days will then take place on 16 May 2020 (north-west England) and 15 August 2020 (midlands England).

You’ll find lots of handy information below about the first Family Fun Day of 2020 at Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth, with more information provided on this page as we get closer to the day itself.

The Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA)’s Family Fun Day is an opportunity for families affected by TSC to come together for a great day out. The focus is on family activities with a laid-back and easy pace, where you can be amongst likeminded individuals and families who understand the impact that TSC can have on everyday life.

Typical locations for Family Fun Days are children and accessibility-friendly, such as zoos, parks and child-focused museums or venues. Previous Family Fun Days have been at Chester Zoo, Twycross Zoo (Leicestershire), Centre Parcs (Suffolk) and Windmill Hill City Farm (Bristol).

This year, the TSA is delighted to be hosting three separate Family Fun Days across different regions, following the Family Fun Day in 2019 being a sell-out!

The next Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday 14 March 2020 at Blue Reef Aquarium, Portsmouth. This page will continue to be updated with more information about the event.

Blue Reef Aquarium is located right on the Portsmouth seafront and is within easy reach of road and public transport. More information on getting to Blue Reef Aquarium can be found on their website.

Remaining Family Fun Days in 2020 will take place in the north-west of England on 16 May 2020 and in the midlands of England on 15 August 2020 (venues to be confirmed).

The TSA works hard to try and make the Family Fun Days as affordable as possible for those who wish to come along, including subsidising the cost of tickets where possible.

Tickets will be available directly from the TSA website, with an announcement made by the TSA when they go on sale.

Please note that there may be a limit to the number of subsidised tickets each family can receive, to ensure that as many different families can experience the Family Fun Day as possible (an update will be shared soon, as part of ticketing information).

The Family Fun Day is targeted towards families who have been affected by TSC – Mum, Dad, the kids and wider family are all very welcome! This way, families affected by TSC can meet each other in an understanding environment.

Not everyone who comes along has to directly have TSC – i.e. a sibling of a child living with TSC would be most welcome. However, please note that there may be a limit to the number of subsidised tickets each family can receive, to ensure that as many different families can experience the Family Fun Day as possible (an update will be shared soon, as part of ticketing information).

More specific information about the Family Fun Day at Blue Reef Aquarium will be provided closer to the event date, though all Family Fun Days follow a similar style:

The Family Fun Day can be as busy or as laid-back as your family prefers – the focus is very much on what is best for you and your family’s needs.

TSA team-members will be onsite at the venue all day, setting up a ‘HQ’ (often in a café or picnic area) where we will be based for the duration of the event. Families are welcome to come and go from this HQ as they please, using it as a base to meet and get to know other families. TSA team-members will also head to pre-agreed venue highlights at set times during the day, such as a particularly fun (and suitable) area, where you are very welcome to join us!

Although we recommend you enjoying the venue with other families who have also come to the Family Fun Day, it isn’t a requirement and you are welcome to enjoy the day with your own family in any way as you wish.

There will be no carers or assistants provided by the TSA for attendees at the Family Fun Day. Those who require a carer or assistant are kindly asked to organise their own arrangements to ensure their personal safety, mobility and/or comfort.

We encourage families who come to Family Fun Days to enjoy the day together, either by going around the selected venue together or by spending time at the pre-agreed TSA HQ for the day (often a café or picnic area). However, we know that this will not be possible for all families, which is why individual families are very much free to enjoy the day in the way that best suits them.

The focus on the Family Fun Day is for it to be an easy-going, fun and memorable day for you and your family.

We understand that some group or public activities might be overwhelming or stressful for some families and individuals, which is why we encourage everyone at the Family Fun Day to go at their own pace and to enjoy the day in a way that is best suited to them.

We want all families to have the opportunity to come to a Family Fun Day, regardless of their financial situation. If financial issues could stop you or your family from coming to a Family Fun Day, please consider applying to the TSA’s support fund grant.

The TSA’s support fund grant is not limited to a specific area and is there for those in need of financial assistance for a range of areas, including to help with getting to TSA events. You can read more about our support fund grant and how to apply here.

Make a one off or regular  donation

£10 Means that we can send a support pack to a family who has just received a life-changing TSC diagnosis, ensuring that they do not go through this time alone.

£25 Can help us develop materials that are included in our support services, flagship events or campaigns.

£50 Can provide laboratory equipment for a day’s research into the causes, symptoms, management or treatment of TSC.

To provide help for today and a cure for tomorrow.