Wednesday, August 18, 2010

PTM & Variety's Disability Awareness Night

At Please Touch Museum, we want to make sure that all children have opportunities to learn through play. In that spirit, PTM is teaming up with Variety - the Children's Charity of Greater Philadelphia to host a night dedicated to families of children with disabilities on Saturday, August 21, from 6pm – 9pm. This is the second collaboration between PTM and Variety; we had an Autism Awareness night back in March that was a huge success! You can read a little about that event here.

For this special event, PTM and Variety are inviting families for an evening of hands-on, interactive, sensory-filled activities. We have a ton of fun things planned! Kids can explore touch and texture play in the Program Room, meet some of our puppets in City Park, and explore all of our exhibits.

Speaking of those exhibits, we'll be tweaking them just a little bit for this event, by turning off or down any loud noises or bright lights, and providing quiet rooms for anyone who needs to take a break. That way our visitors who have sensory sensitivities can enjoy the museum fully. It'll be a great time!

If you're planning on coming, make sure to check out the accessibility page on our website. There you can find a map of the museum to get an idea of where things are, and a Museum Story guide that can help kids and grownups get ready for a visit. Our Kids' Store also carries sensory toys, weighted vests and noise-blocking earphones if you need a little extra help.

Another special thing about this event is the Resource Fair - several disability-related organizations from the area will be here to answer questions and offer resources to families. It will also be a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers and exchange ideas.

I'm so excited to meet new friends at this event! If you'd like to attend, here's the info: Families can register for the event here. Tickets are required to attend the event and are available at a cost of a $20 donation per family. One hundred percent of the $20 donations will go toward the growth of Variety's programs. I can't wait to see you there!

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