Mystic, Conn. (August 11, 2017): Over 950 guests joined Mystic Aquarium last evening for a sensory-friendly evening for children on the autism spectrum and their families. The event provided a unique opportunity for children to experience select aquarium exhibits with the help of a supportive staff. Guests were invited to enjoy the newly added Weird & Wonderful exhibit as well as fan-favorites like beluga whales, penguins, sharks and much. There was also a quiet area and outdoor “free play” zone.
“We are proud to offer this evening completely free to families or groups with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing challenges,” said Kelly Matis, Vice President of Education and Conservation at Mystic Aquarium. “It is incredibly important for children to spend quality time with their families in fun and engaging ways to expand their knowledge. It is truly part of our mission here at Mystic Aquarium.”
Pre-registration was required for Autism Night and the event was filled to capacity.
Mystic Aquarium, like many of their colleagues in the industry, have embraced the anecdotal evidence that demonstrates the benefits of animals for those with autism and other related conditions, by hosting sensory friendly events.
ABOUT MYSTIC AQUARIUM
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.
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