Sunday , 31 August 2014
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Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Marlins join to benefit kids with special needs

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) has been selected as an official charity partner of the Miami Marlins, one of four nonprofit organizations to receive this recognition.

The Miami Marlins’ $25,000 gift will support Sensory Saturday, a monthly inclusive and accessibility program that allows children with special needs and their families to explore MCM and its exhibits in a sensory modified and supportive environment.

In addition to working together to ensure that programming like Sensory Saturday is possible, MCM’s educators are creating a “Going to the Ballpark” social story for Marlins Park to help children, specifically with autism and special needs, familiarize themselves with aspects of a baseball game before their arrival.

“We are proud to partner and support the Miami Children’s Museum,” said David Samson, president of the Miami Marlins. “Marlins Park and Miami Children’s Museum are welcoming places for families affected by autism-related disorders. “Together, we will carry forward our values and mission of providing unique experiences for children with special needs,” he added.

“We are grateful to the Miami Marlins for their support and generous donation,” said Deborah Spiegleman, CEO of MCM. “Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to making educational programming accessible to children with all learning abilities and it is only through partnerships with community organizations like these this are we able to make our mission a reality.”

Sensory Saturday is a monthly program that allows children to engage in arts-based educational programming, creative performing experiences and imaginative play that helps them develop and strengthen social interaction, communication skills and self-expression in a non-threatening environment.

Children are able to explore and enjoy the museum, including the newest interactive exhibit, “Dino Island,” in an accessible, educational, and supportive environment with dimmed lighting and sounds. Programming includes yoga, art and music therapy.

In addition to visiting the museum in a sensory modified environment, families are encouraged to interact and network with each other and learn more about similar organizations and resources within the community.

Remaining Sensory Saturday dates for this year are Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Admission to this program is at the reduced rate of $6 and preregistration is required. Pre-registration or additional information is available by email at <sensorysaturday@miamichildrens-museum.org>

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