The Staten Island Zoo in West Brighton recently partnered with Kulture City to become a certified Sensory Inclusive venue. Training employees to assist and accommodate guests with sensory processing needs, the Zoo also equipped the property with sensory bags containing KCVIP badges, fidget tools, noise cancelling headphones, sunglasses and other resources.
“If needed, our guests can borrow the bags at no cost to help them best enjoy the experience,” the Zoo noted in a statement. “We also have designated ‘Headphone Zones’ for those with auditory sensitivities, as well as ‘Quiet Areas’ for those who might need a safe place to cool down.”
Here’s some helpful information about the Sensory Inclusive Experience, including what to do if it gets too loud, how to handle free-roaming animals and more.
The zoo will also host a special Thanksgiving event on November 15. During the annual blessing of the animals participants will learn about Native American culture while drumming and dancing with the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe. Animals are given a Thanksgiving treat and visitors can assist zookeepers in the preparation. Tickets must be reserved online. Visit statenislandzoo.org for more information.
Fans of “New York’s Biggest Little Zoo” can register now for a virtual 5K Fun Run/Walk to support their efforts to conserve wildlife and provide education to the public. Virtual runs/walks can be done on your own time with your family and friends and at your own pace. To register, go to goneforarun.com.
Stay updated on all of the fun events the zoo has to offer! Visit the Staten Island Parent Family Calendar at siparent.com/events. Be sure to bookmark the page and check back often for new virtual and in-person events all over Staten Island.
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