I Can! Kid-Abilities Day

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On Thursday, October 17th the Museum held an exciting event, I Can! Kid-Abilities Day. In recognition of Disability Awareness month, we offered resources and inclusive programs for children of all abilities. As a mother watched her five-year-old child in the museum’s Touch Tour, she remarked, “This is great, he looks so happy. He’s participating in the activities and he doesn’t feel different.”

There were yellow, orange and blue balloons that paved the way to the programs for the day and 14 community partners. We welcomed 410 visitors to the museum for free hours from 3:00–7:00pm.

The Beach Area was bustling. Children built soft feathery nests with Prospect Park Zoo, exploring their inner “Momma bird.” As a green museum, we adore buttons, old jewelry, straws, yarn or whatever we find to make creative crafts. We loved the Bug Buckles and Jingle Jangles crafts from Materials for the Arts and Extreme Kids and Crew— made from fun recycled materials.

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Only a few steps away was BCM’s Sensory Room, an inclusive space where children with special needs can engage and explore their senses. Celebrating its first anniversary this October, everyone enjoyed rocking in the tunnels, swinging in the hammock or exploring our Sensory Snake. Children also created their very own Sensory Snake craft to take home.

Our bodies can do amazing things. Miracle Project, Lighthouse Arts & Education, and Hip Dhamma Yoga helped us stretch our imaginations and our bodies.

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BCM’s Museum Team teens led an investigation into interesting insects and plant scents in the Greenhouse.

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Mindy Duitz, BCM’s Interim President and CEO, was joined by two of our amazing partners who visited: Victor Stalones, Commissioner for People with Disabilities (NYC  Mayor’s Office), and Mickey Stallones from the Warner Fund.

The evening ended as the Phantazia String Players, a group of young classically training musicians from Noel Pointer Foundation, made their strings sing. The music didn’t stop as the Birthday Crew from BCM spun the beats that had everyone partying at this fun-tastic celebration!

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Special Thanks to all of our Community Partners who made this event possible:

Autism Speaks, Big Apple Oranges, Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID)/ Brooklyn Parent Center, Brooklyn Public Library -The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs, Eden II Programs, Extreme Kids and Crew, Hip Dhamma Yoga, League Education and Treatment Center, Lighthouse Arts and Education, Materials for the Arts, Museum Access Consortium, Noel Pointer Foundation, Prospect Park Zoo, The Miracle Project.

Wema Harris