On Sunday, February 18, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will host the first Sensory Sunday of 2018. This will be the first of four events throughout the year, designed to make the Museum more accessible for families with a member on the autism spectrum.
“With the modifications made to lighting and exhibits, decreased crowds, and additional staff and volunteers to help out, we have been able to host families that have not felt comfortable visiting – and for some – provided an opportunity for their first Museum experience as a family,” said Dawn Kirchener, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery Vice President of Education.
During these special Sunday morning hours, the Museum will offer programs to appeal to families with children who could benefit from a less stimulating atmosphere. To reach this goal, the Museum has been analyzed by doctors that specialize in pediatric spectrum disorders to ensure children with special sensory needs receive the best possible experience while visiting the museum.
This specialized environment allows families to enjoy a fun day out, meet with other ASD families, and get hands on with science in an environment free of judging and unsafe spaces.
Blaire Bartish, Boonshoft Museum Manager of School and Public Programs said “Doctors specializing in pediatric spectrum disorders have recommended these specialized environments. Sensory Sunday events allows families to enjoy a fun day out, meet with other ASD families, and get hands-on with science in an environment free of judging and unsafe spaces.”
Sponsored by Dayton Children’s Hospital, with support provided by Southpaw Enterprises, Sensory Sundays offer a new alternative to families concerned with sensory processing disorders. These partnerships assist the Museum in providing families with an opportunity for their children to more readily engage in social interactions.
2018 Sensory Sunday Schedule:
- Sunday, February 18 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon
- Sunday, April 15 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon
- Sunday, July 15 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon
- Sunday, October 21 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Advance tickets for each date will be available at BoonshoftMuseum.org. Admission for members is free, but advanced tickets are $8 per person; tickets at the door will be $9 per person. Day-of admission for this program will be through the Education Lobby, located to the right of the main Museum entrance.
About the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery – Located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway, the Boonshoft Museum is open to the public 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 12 noon-5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $14.50 adults, $12.50 seniors (60+), and $11.50 for children (3-17). Children under 3 and members are free. (937) 275-7431. BoonshoftMuseum.org