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October 3, 2018
TAMPA ATTRACTIONS COLLABORATE TO BRING SENSORY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENTS TO BAY AREA FAMILIES.
TAMPA, Fla. (October 1, 2018)– For the second time this year, MOSI, The Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park will combine efforts to raise awareness for autism in the Tampa Bay community through Day of Discovery Halloween events.
Day of Discovery events in Tampa will provide special needs families with unique programming, special animal encounters, enrichment and hands-on activities. Every event will make unique modifications regarding the environment setting, to ensure surroundings have been adapted for those individuals with sensory differences.
Sensory Creatures of the Night is the first of these Tampa Day of Discovery events at ZooTampa at Lowry Park on Saturday October 6th from 8:00am – 9:30am. Guests will explore Halloween themed areas through scavenger hunts that will take you through the zoo. In addition, families can download social stories and parent tips prior to the event.
MOSI hosts the second Day of Discovery event on Saturday October 20th from 8:00am – 10:00am for a sensory –friendly Trick or Treat. Working with Believe It and Achieve It Therapy Services of Tampa (www.believeittherapy.com) MOSI will set up a low stress environment of lights and sounds and invite guests to trick or treat throughout the museum. The event will also allow children to meet our astronaut. Moonbase Mike, as well as enjoy some treats that are organic, gluten free and dye free.
Sensory Friendly Guppyween at the Florida Aquarium closes the trio of events on Saturday October 27thfrom 8:00am – 9:30am. This special Guppyween welcomes families to trick or treat throughout the Florida Aquarium in a low stress environment and includes a meet and greet opportunity with Tango, the Aquarium’s sea turtle mascot. The 501st Legion and Rebel Forces will also join us for the morning for photo ops and fun.
The three attractions are already planning holiday Day of Discovery events for December to continue to support and positively impact children and families of all abilities, and celebrate the spirit of inclusion in the Tampa Bay community.
“We are very excited to collaborate with our friends from The Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa”, said MOSI Chief Operating Officer Rob Lamke. “These events are a great example of how our community works and helps to support each other. With Mayor Buckhorn’s vision of Autism Friendly Tampa, this type of collaboration not only makes sense here, it also potentially provides the collaborative example for other attraction venues in other cities to follow. ”