A new program at the Saint Louis Zoo will help children with sensory or special needs better connect with, enjoy and explore the wonders of the natural world.
The zoo will host its first Sensory Saturday Oct. 8 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The program, which will be offered on the second Saturday of every month, will provide kids ages newborn through age 8 an opportunity to explore the zoo’s Wild Wonder Outpost with dimmer lighting, reduced sound, pillows and fidgets (tools that encourage focus, attention, calming and active listening).
Families who would like to attend may enter from The Living World at the North Entrance, where they will be greeted by zoo staff who will take them to the Monsanto Education Gallery. Sessions will be led by members of the zoo staff who are experienced in working with children with special needs.
In the Wild Wonder Outpost, children can explore, investigate and play using puppets, costumes, a backyard habitat and crafts. Tickets for Sensory Saturday and all Wild Wonder Outpost sessions are $3 per person ($2 for zoo members) and free for children under 12 months. Wild Wonder Outpost also offers sessions Monday through Friday at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. and weekends at 9:30 and 10:30 am. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.