This past weekend, we were lucky enough to go back to an area Sensory-Friendly Santa event.
We started going to these four years ago, when I stumbled on one event at big outlet mall. It was fun and I knew we found a good thing.
Then, I found Northern Virginia’s Housewives event that is co-sponsored by POAC-Northern Virginia. We’ve been going back the past three years. This event has become so popular among area families – this year, the event sold out in under a day!
For those that have never heard of or are curious about a “Sensory Friendly” Santa event, these are special events geared towards families with an individual either on the spectrum OR may have other special needs (as we all know, autism is not the only diagnosis that can cause sensory overload). Usually the events are before the mall “opens”, as to not have as large of a crowd. The list is quite limited and usually by a time slot – you would need to register prior to the event (hence the “selling out”). If you are lucky to get a slot, you would just show up at your allotted time, and have a substantially less wait time to see the man in the big ole red suit.
This year, the mall’s theme was “Peanuts”, which was nice since both kids were able to see the movie recently. After checking in, we were able to check out some of the cute things while in line. And while the line is shorter, it may not be SHORT. That’s because staff really try to get the kids to see Santa, no matter how tough it may be?
Remember this last week? Santa lies down on floor for boy with autism
So – I had to calm B a few times since he as thisexcitedohmygodtoseeSantacouldyoujustdie? LOL But he knows the drill and once it was our turn, they both sidled up to his lap and he had no problem giving Santa his letter. Miss Diva M, surprisingly, had no issue with him either – it’s hit or miss with “larger than life” people. lol
They had a grand time and I hope they heed Santa’s advice to be good!