KSL – The Leonardo, Vivint partner to offer ‘sensory-friendly’ day for kids

2 November 2019: KSL – “The Leonardo, Vivint partner to offer ‘sensory-friendly’ day for kids”

SALT LAKE CITY — It can be difficult to find activities for children with sensory processing differences.That’s why The Leonardo Museum of Creativity and Innovation partnered with Vivint Smart Home to create a monthly event they call Sensory-Friendly Mondays.

For parents looking for a weeknight activity to take their kids to, this free event is held at the museum, 209 E. 500 South, on the first Monday of each month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. It includes “specialized activities for individuals of all abilities and their families,” according to a news release from the museum.

Lights will be turned down, noise reduced, and sensory goodie bags will be given out — which contain noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, maps guides and verbal cue cards.

“We want to make curiosity and innovation accessible to all by providing a monthly event for those with sensory processing differences to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience,” Alexandra Hesse, executive director of The Leonardo Museum, said in the news release.

Creating an inclusive event is what Sensory-Friendly Mondays are all about.

“Kids are able to enjoy an experience they were previously not able to enjoy. The staff is trained to handle kids with different abilities, so parents can feel a little bit more comfortable while they’re here as well,” wrote Holly Mero-Bench, director of Vivint Gives Back, Vivint’s philanthropic foundation. “Children with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families are especially important to us. Our goal is to give them greater peace of mind both at home and in the community.”

The first event was held on Oct. 7 and the next one is scheduled for Nov. 4.