There are so many reasons to love Grand Rapids.  One of those reasons is the fantastic cultural and family activities available, especially the GR Children's Museum.

On Wednesday, November 14th, from 6-8pm, GRCM is hosting "Connor's Friends," which is a night for children and families affected by autism.

GRCM says:

Connor’s Friends allows us to reduce barriers and create a special time for families affected by autism.” explains GRCM Executive Director, Robert Dean.

The event is called Connor’s Friends in honor of a West Michigan boy named Connor who is affected by autism. Funding was provided by a grant from a local foundation and private gifts, making it possible for the GRCM to offer FREE admission to all families who will attend.

Some special things happen at GRCM for "Connor's Friends" including:

  • Specially installed visual barriers will hang throughout the Museum to reduce noise and visual stimulation.
  • Lighting is augmented to reduce the negative effects of florescent bulbs.
  • The paint color scheme of the Museum has been chosen specifically to create a calming atmosphere to those affected by autism.
  • A music therapist will perform calming music and interact with children.
  • Special sensory activities will be added to the Museum’s current exhibits.
  • Themed activity tents will be set out for children

Want to learn more?  Just go here Grand Rapids Children Museum

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