SCI receives $10,000 from Variety – the Children's Charity

SCI receives $10,000 from Variety – the Children's Charity

  • Monday October 8, 2018

The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) has received a $10,000 grant from Variety – the Children's Charity to fund Sensory Friendly Hours, a program designed for families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders.

During Sensory Friendly Hours, SCI staff adjust the exhibit environments and provide space for those visitors who may be overstimulated. Throughout the facility, sound is reduced and attendance is limited.

The program serves a purpose greater than simply providing access to SCI. As one participant's parent noted, "These types of events do so much more than just give kids a chance to experience the center without judgment. It allows the families to connect with other families and build relationships."

SCI's Sensory Friendly Hours are offered on the first Saturday of the Month from 8:30-10:00 am, October through May. Admission is free for children with autism and other special needs as well as their families and caregivers. More information is available at www.sciowa.org/sensoryhours

About the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
The Science Center of Iowa engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning. The 110,000-sq. ft. facility located in Downtown Des Moines features dynamic experience platforms, large format theaters and daily interactive science demonstrations. Through daily visitors, a statewide educational outreach programs and the NAEYC-accredited SCI Preschool, the Science Center of Iowa serves more than 300,000 people annually. For more information, visit www.sciowa.org.

About Variety – the Children’s Charity
Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children. For more information on Variety grants and programs, visit www.varietyiowa.com.