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Bay of Plenty families affected by autism are getting together for an afternoon of fun and learning next month.

Light Up The Night, on Saturday October 10, is at the Jam factory and the Artery at the Historic Village, 17th Ave.

From 4pm to 6pm there are fun and creative activities for the kids while parents and caregivers chat to local providers of autism services. Parents can learn more about what local support is available in the Bay of Plenty, and find out more about autism.

The kids’ creative art session with a difference will be run by Wondercraft, which organises craft activities for children and adults, along with face painting. Good Neighbour is providing food for the event for families to share.

Organiser DJ Daniel, from Superior Entertainment Solutions, wanted an interactive event to raise awareness about what’s available for families who have children with autism. The event is supported by Spectrum Collective-Takiwātanga.

“It’s a chance for the whole community to hang out, and inform, support and connect families with autism,” spokesperson Jane Ford, Regional Coordinator Coastal BOP for Parent 2 Parent, said

There will be raffles, with proceeds donated to autism service providers.

From 6pm there’s a free dance party for the over-16s at The Jam Factory with Dan – who also lives with autism. Go to The Incubator to get tickets.

Dan and Matt from Addictive DJs will be spinning dance music for the young people and adults until 9pm. The event is free but has limited numbers, is alcohol-free and supervised with security.