As part of World Autism Awareness Week (26th March – 2nd April), The National Marine Aquarium will be hosting a special ‘quiet’ event next week for families with sensory needs.
Taking place on Thursday 29th March, the afterhours event will invite visitors to enjoy the Aquarium’s surroundings without the noise and distraction of the daily shows, enabling them to appreciate the true beauty and calmness of the marine environment. The exclusive evening is tailored for people on the autistic spectrum and those with other sensory needs to allow them to experience the exhibits in a relaxed and stress-free atmosphere – as well as provide an opportunity to see the Aquarium's 4,000 ocean animals at night.
Helen Gowans, Public Engagement Coordinator at the National Marine Aquarium, commented: “Our Quiet at the Aquarium event offers a unique opportunity for families and anyone with sensory needs to enjoy the Aquarium in a peaceful environment. Our researchers here at the Aquarium have studied the therapeutic effects of visiting an aquarium and viewing ocean animals - it can really improve people's moods, so we want everyone to be able to visit us for a fun and relaxing time.
“We’ll be keeping the Aquarium quiet as possible throughout the event, to create a serene and tranquil atmosphere so visitors can focus on the beautiful marine life that surrounds them.”
Previous Quiet at the Aquarium events have proved very popular, with one customer commenting: “Thanks for putting on these quiet evenings. My daughter wouldn't be able to come otherwise and she loves watching the marine life – it makes her really happy.”