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Miami Children's Museum and the Marlins work to support children with autism

Miami Children's Museum (MCM) has been selected as an official charity partner of the Miami Marlins, one of four non-profit organizations to receive this recognition. The Miami Marlins $25,000 gift will support Sensory Saturday, a monthly inclusive and accessibility program that allows children with special needs and their families to explore MCM and its exhibits in a sensory modified and supportive environment.

In addition to working together to ensure that programming like Sensory Saturday is possible, MCM's Educators are creating a "Going to the Ballpark" social story for Marlins Park to help children, specifically with autism and special needs, familiarize themselves with aspects of a baseball game before their arrival.

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"We are proud to partner and support the Miami Children's Museum," said David Samson, President of the Miami Marlins. "Marlins Park and Miami Children's Museum are welcoming places for families affected by autism-related disorders. Together, we will carry forward our values and mission of providing unique experiences for children with special needs."

To celebrate this important community partnership, The Miami Marlins has designated "Family Day" at Marlins Park on Sunday, August 25th vs. the Colorado Rockies as Miami Children's Museum Charity Partner Day. MCM's Charity Partner Day at Marlins Park will be a fun day for the entire family with opportunities for fans to support the Museum. "Going to the Ballpark" social story will be released in early August for families who wish to acquaint their children with aspects of a ballgame before the game.

"We are grateful to The Miami Marlins for their support and generous donation," said Deborah Spiegleman, CEO of MCM. "Miami Children's Museum is dedicated to making educational programming accessible to children with all learning abilities and it is only through partnerships with community organizations like these this are we able to make our mission a reality."

Sensory Saturday is a monthly program that allows children to engage in arts-based educational programming, creative performing experiences and imaginative play that helps them develop and strengthen social interaction, communication skills and self-expression in a non-threatening environment. Children are able to explore and enjoy the museum, including the newest interactive exhibit, Dino Island, in an accessible, educational, and supportive environment with dimmed lighting and sounds. Programming includes yoga, art and music therapy. In addition to visiting the Museum in a sensory modified environment, families are encouraged to interact and network with each other and learn more about similar organizations and resources within the community.                   

Remaining Sensory Saturday dates for the year include, September 14th, October 12th, November 9th and December 14th. Admission to this program is at the reduced rate of $6.00 and pre-registration is required.  Pre-registration or additional information is available at: sensorysaturday@miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children's Museum is located at 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami. Regular admission is $16 for adults and children, $12 for Florida Residents, free for children less than 1 year and admission for Members is complimentary. 

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