Museum hosts ‘Special Night for Special Needs’ event

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will host its seventh “Special Night for Special Needs” at 6 p.m. today.

This event, sponsored quarterly by Don Beyer Volvo and Valley Health,  offers children with physical, cognitive, or emotional difficulties and their families an evening of play with special amenities.

The museum partnered with occupational therapists from Valley Health to develop programming for the event. Activities were designed with the senses in mind. Exhibits will have lowered volume and lighting, and there will be a cool-down space.

The evening’s activities include assistance from licensed occupational therapists, special education instructors and other volunteers. Past events have included specially designated “sensory room,” a dentist specializing in special needs patients, sign language instructors, animal assisted therapy and a percussionist.

If You Go

When:  6-8 p.m. today, with a 5:30 p.m. cool down.

Where: 19 West Cork St., Winchester.

Admission: The event is free to families of children with special needs.