There is no doubt when visiting the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk that you step into a vast and interesting world of mental and physical stimuli from watching the exotic creatures of the sea to listening and watching the playful antics of the meerkats. In April, the Maritime Aquarium has planned three mornings that will cater to guests with sensory-processing differences a fun and comfortable time to enjoy the Aquarium and its’ many exhibits.
On each of these three sensory friendly mornings, April 2, April 3 and April 4, from 8 a.m. to noon, the Maritime Aquarium will lower the lights and music as well as turn down other sounds. They will also be showing specially chosen lower volume IMAX movies in the theater that will have lights that are less dim. The movies chosen are “Flight of the Butterfly ” that will be shown at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday and Monday; and “Born to be Wild” that will be shown at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday and Monday.
A current special exhibit, Animals without Passports displays the challenges faced by humpback whales and their roundtrip migration from the cold waters of New England to the Caribbean and back again. Another special exhibit is the display of nine varieties of dragons including a rare black dragon related to the Asian water monitor lizard.
The benefits of this program is that visitors with sensory challenges will have more staff focus on them and they will not encounter crowds making it a more enjoyable experience. All the galleries and exhibits will be open and there will even be additional special activities planned at various game stations. A bean bag toss and frog jumping mat will be available as well as a craft workshop. A highlight of this sensory friendly program will be a special low volume seal feeding that will take place on Sunday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Admission during “Sensory-Friendly Mornings” includes an IMAX movie, with the following prices: $22.95 for adults, $15.95 for ages 3-12, and $20.95 for youths (13-17) & seniors (65+).