The Diary of Joni and Anya

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Autism Awareness Day at Sovereign Hill

On April 5, 2014, Saturday, Sovereign Hill will open its doors early for children with autism and their families to enjoy specially planned sensory activities.

Sovereign Hill is an authetically-constructed 1850s open-air, outdoor museum located in Bradshaw St, Ballarat. It depicts the area's first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851. Almost everything in the place from the dwellings to the costumed people walking the streets are so realistic that the first time our family came to visit, we needed a few minutes to get used to it all. It's not everyday that you get to immerse yourself in the 1850s.

As children with autism often understand things literally, the sights and sounds at Sovereign Hill may be quite distressing and confusing. Thus, the early entry allows them and their family to have ample time to adjust and understand the surroundings before the place gets crowded. But booking is essential!

Sovereign Hill has a handful of Social Stories at their website that can help explain to kids on the Autism Spectrum what to expect and thus be more comfortable during their visit.

For bookings on this Autism Awareness Day special event, contact Sovereign Hill at 03 5337 1100.

1 comment:

River said...

I love Sovereign Hill! I've only ever been once, but I'll remember it forever.