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White Cane Safety Day
Friday, October 15
White Cane Safety Day celebrates the independence and ability of people who are visually impaired. Today at Pretend City, children will learn about the challenges that children with visual impairments experience. The Beyond Blindness will help your child “see” the world in a new light with their interactive activities.
Purpose Behind the Play: Sensory play, artistic expression, fine and gross motor practice, social emotional and self-regulation practice, literacy and communication development
- Smart Art (Times Vary): Scent-sational Sand Art > Today in the Art Studio we will be creating and exploring art with our senses. Invisible Art> Use a bandana to cover your eyes while you draw and see what you can create!
- Let’s Move (11 AM): Outta Sight Obstacles > Our friends from the Blind Children’s Learning Center will be here guiding us through some obstacle courses and activities to help bring awareness and appreciation to those with vision impairment.
- Loud & Proud (2 PM): I See Without My Eyes > Gather with us as we read a book about a young blind girl shares how she thrives with her disability and does not let it stand in her way. Following the story we will “read” books printed in Braille to experience and feel how visually impaired children read.
Play Partner: Beyond Blindness
Grown-up Tip: Explain to your child that children with special challenges may need help or adaptive equipment, like the white cane. Try to use clear, respectful language when talking about someone with disabilities. For a younger child, keep explanations simple, such as, “She uses a white cane to help her know where she can go.”
RSVP: Not required
Fee: Included with museum admission