Family Autism Night
December 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 22 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
This special evening is an opportunity for children and their parents/siblings/caretakers to enjoy The City in a sensory-friendly environment, along with other families. Our community partners, who specialize in supporting the neurodiverse community will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support.
Specifically, for: Families with children of all ages from the neurodiverse community and with other disabilities. Pretend City will be closed to the public.
- Large blue iceberg in our sensory bin with animals and tools to chip and break the ice!
- Decorate your own holiday tapestry with dot markers, stickers and more!
Purpose of the Play: Fine motor skills, problem solving, cause and effect
- In the book Green is for Christmas by Drew Daywalt, Green Crayon thinks he is the only color to represent Christmas, but all the crayons come together to bring a different color to create the holiday spirit!
Music & Movement: Jingle Bell Rock and Dreidel Song
Purpose of the Play: Gross motor skills, self-expression, social skills
Santa Meet and Greet (5 – 7 PM)
Fee: FREE to behavioral therapists and neurodiverse children or with other disabilities and their immediate families
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: We have a reoccurring predicament that we need your help with! Consistently, 200 guests register, but don’t attend. To mitigate this, we’ve decided to open registration closer to the event’s date so parents can better gauge their ability to attend. We know that a child’s temperament, nap schedule, energy level, will and desire to play can be unpredictable – we don’t want to discourage you from signing up for that reason! We simply want to spread awareness: When you sign up knowing that you likely won’t come, you are taking the spot another neurodiverse family might use! Thank you for your consideration and kindness!
RSVP: Link to be provided max: 250 guests* Only families that preregistered will be allowed to enter the museum. Please have your ID ready to show at the front desk to confirm your registration. Thank you!
Grown-up Tip: Some children love Santa, while others can be dubious about meeting someone new. It’s okay if your child is a little hesitant and unsure about Jolly ‘ol Saint Nick! It’s a wonderful moment for you to be supportive of your child’s feelings. You can prep your little one by setting expectations for what’s to come – “I will be with you the whole time and if you want me to go with you to hold your hand, I will.” If your child is still hesitant, you can say, “I see that you are not ready to sit with Santa. We can wait until you’re ready!” or, “we don’t need to take a photo with Santa, we can just wave from here!” This way you are allowing them to process and make decisions that respect their feelings.