Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sundays In My City: The Intrepid

A few Sundays ago, we went to The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex . And we got a chance to see the Space Shuttle!  The Intrepid paired with Autism Speaks to host an Access Family Program - a special 2-hour program that includes educational story-telling and art making activities led by Intrepid employees.

The museum opens earlier for families affected by autism and are provided tours in small groups.  The tour guides are patient and understanding. They provided the families with prompts of what was going to happen next. Upon entering the Space Shuttle pavilion, the tour guide warned of the slight pop we'd get in our ears.

The Boy had a blast!  The Husband and I had a blast. We took a bunch of really cool pictures.  Especially of the Space Shuttle.  But a picture just doesn't do it justice.  It's something you need to see in person.   

Whenever someplace offers a sensory friendly program for special needs families - we always make it a point to attend. Often because of crowds and noise, we avoid these kinds of activities.  So to have these kinds of opportunities in our amazing City of New York is extremely important. It gives us confidence to venture out on a Sunday morning. We don't have to worry about who's looking because everyone around us, gets it. It allows us to go out and have an enjoyable, stress free family outing.

What sensory friendly activities are there in YOUR city?        

We made parachutes & a space shuttle!
The Intrepid created from LEGO Bricks

The next Family Access Program* at The Intrepid will be on Sunday, August 26th (9AM-11AM - Take Flight!). For more details click HERE.

*This program is free, but space is limited. To register, please contact or 646 381 5163.
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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.