GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Dinosaur Journey in Fruita is holding its second Sensory Friendly Museum Night on October 26.
The event, first held last year in collaboration with CMU’s Occupational Therapy program, is free and aims to make the museum experience more enjoyable for children and adults who may become overstimulated during regular museum hours.
Thursday’s event is already full with 50 people registered, but Museum Educator Christine Westermire tells WesternSlopeNow there are plans to make the museum more sensory-friendly year-round.
“I’m applying for grants to create sensory backpacks. So maybe they can come in during normal business hours and have noise-canceling headphones and fidget toys, stuff like that.”
Westermire also says she plans to make a sensory room for overstimulated visitors to decompress, and she’s working with the museum curator to hold sensory-friendly museum nights once a month instead of just once a year.