The world is a noisy, busy place, so it can be difficult for families of children with autism and other sensory sensitivity issues to find safe and fun activities that cater to their special needs. Theme parks, playgrounds, theaters, and other spaces can be overwhelming for some, so the Savannah Children’s Museum, located at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, offers an opportunity for children to explore its site in a more quiet and structure setting.


“We hold Sensory Soft Saturday quarterly throughout the year,” explained Elisabeth Chappell, Education Specialist at Coastal Heritage Society. “We open an hour earlier for families with children who are sensory sensitive. The morning provides families a chance to enjoy the many exhibits with less noise and crowds. We encourage families to stay and join us for regular museum hours.”



With public awareness of autism and sensory sensitivity still growing, it can still be difficult to find events tailored to be less overstimulating. That is why events like Sensory Soft Saturday are much needed. “I believe families appreciate opportunities for their children to participate in a variety of events where every stimulation is monitored,” said Chappell.


Families who attend Sensory Soft Saturday will get the same great museum experience that is usually offered, with added benefits and activities. “Families are encouraged to explore the museum's many exhibits,” said Chappell. “We are an outdoor museum with many sensory friendly exhibits where children can explore, discover and create. Families will participate in an art activity, a STEAM program, and social interaction with our caring educators and other participants.”


The always helpful Children’s Museum staff will be on hand to assist the children and ensure that they have a wonderful time.


“Our educators are aware of sensory overload,” said Chappell. “Sensory-friendly programs are designed with this in mind. Children will be encouraged to learn through play and enjoy the experience.


An added benefit of Sensory Soft Saturday is that it is a great environment for families to connect with other families and share their knowledge, experience, and stories with each other.


“Families will have the opportunity for socialization with other families in similar situations,” said Chappell. “Often families share resources with one another.”


Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Families can register by contacting Elisabeth Chappell at chappell.chs@gmail.com or (912) 441-9106.


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