Children who have special needs can enjoy their own fun at the Children’s Museum of Findlay.
The museum, in partnership with the Friends of Blanchard Valley School, offers an “All Abilities Day” at the museum, housed at the Findlay Village Mall. It is held outside of the museum’s regular hours to allow those who are sensitive to stimulation a chance to experience the museum.
“We encourage anyone with special needs children or kids that get overwhelmed by crowds to attend these events,” said Christina Treece of the school group. “We just like to keep the event low key so it’s not as crowded as a typical busy museum event.”
Specially designed events
This month’s event is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 9, and features interactive, hands-on play that is sensory friendly.
Children do not need an official diagnosis to attend. The event is designed for lessened environmental stimulation including the lighting, sound and crowds.
“Providing a sensory friendly play environment helps children with calmness and allows them to better process information and relate to others,” said Treece.
The museum also offers a “social story” on its website (cmfindlay.com) for special needs children to review with a parent, especially those diagnosed with autism. A Social Story can be found under the “Teachers” tab, and is a tool that helps individuals on the autism spectrum better understand the nuances of interpersonal communication they can expect when visiting the museum. It is written from a child’s perspective, and includes pictures of the museum exhibits, and allows children to visually process expectations of their museum visit. The museum is currently seeking funding to extend the events through the school year.
The cost for All Abilities Day Nov. 9 from 4:30 to 6pm is $3
per child, free for parents.
There is a scholarship available to the first 10
children who sign up.
To register or for more information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to cmfindlay.com.
The next All Abilities Day will be held on Dec. 14.