Creative Discovery Museum has partnered with KultureCity to make the Museum and its programs more sensory-inclusive. This new initiative supports the mission of Creative Discovery Museum to "inspire all children to explore, innovate, create and play."
The Museum is currently home to several sensory-focused programs, such as Club Discovery, Friends Discovery Camp and its monthly free Sensory Nights. The KultureCity certification enhances the Museum’s expertise and provides full staff training led by KultureCity professionals. The trainings focus on sensory sensitivities and handling sensory overload situations.
To celebrate the KultureCity certification, the Museum will host a Sensory Day Party this Saturday from noon-4 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to assemble a sensory bag, explore a sensory corral containing several hands-on, engaging sensory activities and experience a sensory-friendly science demonstration at 3 p.m. An occupational therapist and Museum staff will be available to answer questions about sensory topics for parents, as well.
“We are honored to be designated as a sensory-friendly environment and to have earned the KultureCity certification,” said Dr. Jayne Griffin, director of education. “It’s imperative to us that the Museum is accessible to all children and families. The KultureCity certification is one more way that the Museum is serving the needs of the community by providing comfortable, safe and playful experiences for all Museum guests.”
"Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions ," officials said. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise. In addition, Social Stories are available online and in the Museum. These stories allow guests to know what to expect prior to visiting and are written from a child’s perspective. Also, the Museum is now equipped with sensory bags containing noise canceling headphones, fidget tools and verbal cue cards and offers weighted lap pads for guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Dedicated quiet spaces are located throughout the Museum for those who may need a quieter or more secure environment during their visit."
All activities are included with admission.