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Sensory Friendly Activities for the Winter School Break

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We know that the winter break from school can be a difficult change in routine for many of you in the autism and/or intellectual disability community. To help your family enjoy the holiday season we have compiled a list of sensory friendly activities available over the school break in Winnipeg. Happy Holidays!

Hey Winnipeg! We know that the winter break from school can be a difficult change in routine for many of you in the autism and/or intellectual disability community. To help your family enjoy the holiday season we have compiled a list of sensory friendly activities available over the school break in Winnipeg. Happy Holidays!

 


Red Cross Swim for People with Disabilities:

Lessons are available for individuals with developmental, cognitive and/or physical disabilities. These classes focus on developing sound water safety skills. They are designed to follow the Red Cross Swim program and provide an opportunity for supervised water activities. These classes are for people with disabilities only. For more information or to register visit: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/leisureonline/Activity_Search/red-cross-swim-people-with-disabilities/133291



Sensory Friendly Hockey:

During the break go see the Winnipeg Jets play at theCanada Life Centre. Guests who are sensitive to noise and lights can now enjoy hockey games with a complimentary sensory kits available through Guest Services. Kits include a pair of noise reducing earmuffs and ear plugs, a small variety of sensory “fidget” toys, a communication card, sanitizing wipes and tissues, along with a venue map describing the locations of family restrooms, elevators, and emergency exit all held in a small drawstring bag. Please visit Guest Services located across from Sections 103/104 or outside Section 325 to check out a sensory kit for use during any Canada Life Centre event. The Jets are playing  at home on the 27th and the 29th of December.  Click here for details: https://www.canadalifecentre.ca/fanguide/#sensory-kits


Assiniboine ZOOLIGHTS Sensory Experience:

This you can enjoy the Assiniboine Zoolights as a sensory inclusive experience.  Sensory bags – equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards – will be available to Zoo visitors who may feel overwhelmed by the environment along with weighted lap pads. Sensory bag are available for visitors to borrow, free of cost, during their visit from the visitor services staff at the Zoo entrance. Signage located throughout the Zoo helps alert visitors to areas where they may encounter higher noise levels. ZooLights is open on various days throughout the break. Click here for more information:   https://www.assiniboinepark.ca/zoo/visit/accessibility


Manitoba Children’s Museum:

Introduced in 2015 and continuing to evolve to meet the needs of our community, the Explore-Abilities Access Program aims to provide adapted museum experiences and a range of visitor services designed for children of all abilities to have fun and enjoy interactive, hands-on learning in a safe and accessible facility. In addition to special Explore-Abilities Events, (one is happening December 16th this year) visitor resources available year-round upon request include: Sunglasses, Ear Defenders, Fidget Toys, Designated Quiet Zones (apart from the galleries), UbiDuo 2-Way Communication Device. Before you go, you can also download a free Social Narrative entitled Preparing For Your Museum Visit. For more information about the Explore-Abilities Access Program, please contact the Director of Education & Exhibits at 204.924.4003. or visit: https://childrensmuseum.com/event/explore-abilities-evening-2021-december
 


Watch a show at the Planetarium: 

Take a live guided tour of the current night sky, featuring planets, constellations & upcoming celestial events at the Manitoba Museum Planetarium. Guests who email info@manitobamuseum.ca in advance can request a noise cancelling headset and a fidget spinner to help them enjoy the show. For more information visit: https://manitobamuseum.ca/visit/planetarium/


Family Activities at Fort Whyte:

This holiday season Fort Whyte is offering a variety of low-key family friendly activites over the winter school break. Enjoy ‘Storytelling by the Fire” (Dec. 19th and 26th), a self-guided ‘Snowshoe Orienteering” game (Dec.28th) the “Footprint Challenge” (Dec. 29th) or Ice Fishing (Dec. 30). For more information visit: https://www.fortwhyte.org/visit/calendar/

 

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