The Sensitive Santa event sponsored by Westshore Mall (Glimcher Realty Trust of Ohio - parent company) was a huge success. An additional Sensory Friendly Santa event for families of children with Autism is planned for December 17, 2010 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Gator Fred’s in Tampa, Florida. Admission is free for families, and any children who wish to visit with Santa will be given a number upon entering the building. The children will then be able to play on the inflatables and in other play areas while waiting for their numbers to be called. No waiting in line! Raffle type giveaways and small gifts for kids are scheduled to be provided. The event is sponsored by Dr. Nelson Mane.
Happy Holidays to all! I received an email today detailing an exciting event in my community and wanted to pass along the information. Westshore Mall, located in Tampa, Florida is offering a “Sensitive Santa” event for families of children with Autism and related disabilities. This exciting, sensory friendly event will take place on Sunday December 5, 2010 from 8:00am to 10:oo am. Sensory friendly adjustments will include lower lighting and quieter surroundings, since most stores in the mall will not yet be open. Each family that attends will recieve a complimentary photo of Santa and will be eligible for festive giveaways to commemorate the season. Parents that have heard about this even have expressed excitement about being able to “go and see Santa without the experience being too overwhelming.” For more information contact Kristy Genna.