Multi-sensory rooms are a rare and rewarding resource for people of all ages and abilities.

Interactive equipment and a relaxed pace of play is what makes this resource so special.

Young boy looking at the camera, fingers in his mouth.

A sensory room is a safe environment designed to encourage brain activity. This is often through special lighting, music, smells and objects. It's a social and relaxed environment that helps lower stress levels. 

Sensory rooms are truly for everyone. They are a valuable tool for children and adults of all abilities, including people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and mental health conditions. The benefits that users experience are far-reaching, but most importantly it's always a fun visit!

Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre holds Christchurch's very own multi-sensory room. The Southern Centre uses innovative lighting and sound technology which allows participants to explore and create at the touch of a switch.

Man making shadows against a wall

Interactive equipment allows participants to feel vibrations, touch different textures, change lighting effects and experience different smells. 

It's a unique facility that caters for the needs of it's user and empowers the participants to control their own play environment. Sessions run for 30 minutes with a staff member in the room to help familiarise everyone with the features.

Let your friends and family know about The Southern Centre, but don't forget to book first. A quick call and a small fee are all that's needed to set up a participant for an interactive session with us.