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Free Sensory Inclusive Afternoons at Discovery Gateway April 30, May 28 and June 25

Salt Lake CityDiscovery Gateway Children’s Museum will host three Free Sensory Inclusive Afternoons sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Foundation, April 30, May 28, and June 25, each from 4 until 6 p.m.

All children and families are invited to these sensory-inclusive afternoons of play. Discovery Gateway will be turning the lights down, reducing the noise in the museum, and offering special programming and activities for those with sensory needs and those affected by autism spectrum disorder.

Typically, Discovery Gateway offers Sensory Inclusive afternoons the last Tuesday of every month at a reduced price from 4 until 6 pm, they are able to offer the next three afternoons free due to a grant they received from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Foundation.

Sensory bags equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards are always available for checkout at the Admissions Desk. A limited number of weighted lap pads are also available upon request.

Discovery Gateway is the first Children’s Museum to be certified Sensory Inclusive by KultureCity, a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs, in addition to those affected by autism spectrum disorder. To be certified Sensory Inclusive by KultureCity, Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum staff have been trained by leading medical professionals from KultureCity on how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Discovery Gateway offers sensory bags and weighted lap pads available for check-out whenever you visit the museum.

What’s inside a sensory bag? How do these tools help?

Noise Cancelling Headphones – Noise Cancelling Headphones help keep out loud and obtrusive noises so people can enjoy the event they are attending without feeling overwhelmed.

Fidget Toys – These simple, yet effective toys help people with sensory needs focus, self-regulate, and provide a calming influence.

Feeling Thermometer Verbal Cue Card – Sometimes, it can be hard for individuals with sensory needs to express how they are feeling. The Feeling Thermometer Verbal Cue Card helps those who need it in providing simple photos to point at to indicate how they’re feeling, so people can best assist them.

Weighted Lap Pads – Weighted Lap Pads provide those with sensory needs a calming and grounding effect. Lap pads have been proven to increase time spent seated or spent on a single task.

About Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum: Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is located in downtown Salt Lake City at 444 West 100 South and is a contemporary discovery center offering 60,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on fun. The engaging workshops, programs, and exhibits invite the whole family to create, learn, and play together. It is the mission of Discovery Gateway to inspire children of all ages and abilities to imagine, discover, and connect with their world to make a difference. For information, please call (801) 456-5437, or visit us at www.DiscoveryGateway.org.