Celebrating 10 Years of Play!
by Glazer Children's Museum
The Glazer Children’s Museum is celebrating 10 years of play in 2020! Play is truly the work of children. Every time a child plays new connections form in the brain, building that child’s potential for the future. As children play, they stretch their imaginations, use creativity, improve motor skills, take risks, and learn to adapt. Play develops empathy and social skills as kids from diﬀerent backgrounds, races, genders, and abilities all play together to build friendships and joy. At GCM, we strive to create an inclusive environment where all children can play, discover, and connect to the world around them. We are intent on providing accessible programs, exhibits, and spaces where the diverse needs and abilities of our guests are accommodated and celebrated.
Mobility and accessibility are big priorities at the Glazer Children’s Museum. In addition to the accessible entrance, restrooms, and elevators, all themed areas and most exhibits are wheelchair accessible. We’re proud to oﬀer wheelchairs upon request and we own several VELA activity chairs in a variety of sizes for further mobility. Additionally, we work with partners like Library for the Blind to ensure we are oﬀering a great experience for our guests who are vision impaired.
The Glazer Children’s Museum is recognized an Autism Friendly Business by the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
(CARD) at the University of South Florida. With CARD’s guidance, the museum has developed programs and resources to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families get the most out of their experience. Families can download our Social Story to help plan their visit and can access our Sensory Toolboxes equipped with weighted vests, ﬁdget spinners, noise cancelling headphones, and more during their visit. GCM’s Camp Imagination celebrates neurodiversity and welcomes all children to play and connect in all our camps. Further-more, during Summer Camp we are proud to oﬀer select Autism-Friendly weeks that have additional specially-trained staﬀ, a quiet space for campers who need a break, and an optional orientation the week prior so campers will know exactly what to expect. And for families that need a quieter experience, Sunshine Sunday is a special monthly event for children with special needs and their caregivers to explore the Museum with lights and sounds turned down and sensory adapted tools, special programs, community resources, and service providers. And for families with teens and tweens, check out Sunshine Squad, a special sensory-friendly experience during Sunshine Sunday where your child can interact with their peers who are on a similar journey.
At the Glazer Children’s Museum, we believe that every child deserves to play in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment. We’re here to help children and families play and learn together, and we hope you’ll join us. Let’s play!
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