Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dayspring Community Connectors: WOW Children’s Museum

Imagine!’s Dayspring department’s Community Calendar Activities (CCAs) introduce families with young children who have developmental disabilities or delays to places in our community that offer great activities and opportunities for children to meet their goals through fun and play. All activities encourage motor, sensory, social-emotional, cognitive, and speech-language development.

Each location has activities that are age and developmentally appropriate. Activities are centered around play, because play is the primary vehicle for a child’s mental and physical growth. Play has a vital role in cognitive, speech-language, physical, emotional and social development.

Much of young children’s learning takes place when they direct their own play. Learning occurs as children touch, manipulate, experiment and talk about things, while interacting with people who facilitate without directing. During play, children are provided with sensory experiences and opportunities to move. Young children need to climb, run, jump and challenge themselves motorically. Children are natural explorers and instinctively touch, taste, hear, and observe the world around them.

In order to create these meaningful community activities, Imagine! needs the support of many local organizations. So today I’d like to highlight one community partner that does so much to connect young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families with the community: WOW Children’s Museum.

WOW has been a part of Dayspring’s CCAs since almost the beginning, opening up its doors monthly for open play sessions for kids and families served by Dayspring. They also provide an amazing scholarship program, which allows qualified Dayspring families to purchase an annual pass for only $10 (a $75-$105 value)!

Thank you, WOW Museum, for supporting Imagine!, Dayspring, and, most of all, your community!

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