Knock Knock Museum adapts 10 learning centers to include children with special needs in partnership with local children’s development center

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McMains Children’s Developmental Center, a nonprofit pediatric therapy clinic that serves children with disabilities, has adapted 10 of Knock Knock Children’s Museum’s 18 Learning Zones for children with diverse abilities.

With the help of grant funding, the Center developed Ability Bags and Kits that provide modifications to children with special needs. These bags and kits enable all children to play alongside their siblings and friends in each Learning Zone.

This type of partnership is unique for this city as no other museum offers this level of accommodations.

“The Center is excited to bring elements from our Capable Play Program, which teaches families to adapt their home for children with disabilities, into the community in such a fun way. We aim to help children succeed beyond the walls of our clinic. Our partnership with Knock Knock and the adaptations we developed give all children the opportunity to learn, grow, and explore the museum,” said Anne Hindrichs, Executive Director of McMains Children’s Developmental Center.

The following Learning Zones have been adapted:

· Story Tree

· Go Go Garage

· Pelican Pantry

· I See Food Café

· Art Garden

· Knock Knock Maker Shop

· By-You Building

· Paws & Claws Clinic

· Fish Tales

· Craw Baby

· Quiet Cabin

· Bubble Playground

· Geaux Figure Playroom

· Ship Shape Health Challenge

· All Hands on Deck

· Storybook Climber

“At Knock Knock Children’s Museum, our 18 Learning Zones provide hands-on experiences that allow visitors to learn through play, building on the knowledge they have already gleaned from the world around them. This interactive and imaginative play in the early years of childhood is critical to helping develop the way children learn, think, and see themselves in the world. These skills and ideas will help prepare them for future careers and strengthen their 21st-century skills,” said Knock Knock Executive Director Peter Claffey.

The community is encouraged to explore the museum and utilize the Ability Bags and Kits at Knock Knock Children’s Museum, 1900 Dalrymple Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Standard museum rates apply.

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