December 2, 2011

Autism-friendly Activities

Posted in Fun Stuff tagged , , , , , at 11:43 am by autismmommytherapist

This week’s autism-friendly activities include one our family has tried before, and one new event which we’ll be attempting in two weeks. Hope these help with the winter doldrums!

1) Camden Adventure Aquarium:

We’ve done this for several years during winter vacation, and the trick is to get there when the aquarium opens. It’s really important to book your tickets in advance, as it’s generally frigid there that time of year, and waiting in line to get tickets can be a very cold and windy experience. There are multiple holiday events at the aquarium, including Breakfast with Santa (which we have not done), and watching the Bumble make his appearance, which gave Zachary quite a thrill. One of the greater attractions for us was their 4-D theater (because of course, 3-D just isn’t enough), where we’ve seen a twenty minute clip of The Polar Express and felt as if we were truly on the train.

There are other holiday experiences as well that you can read about from the link above. I also noticed that they are open Christmas day and include free parking for patrons, so anyone not celebrating the holiday could partake of what I imagine will be a far less crowded venue. As he’s gotten older Justin has been less and less enthralled with the experience, but for Zach, it’s still a great draw.

2) Grounds for Sculpture Carriage/Tram Rides

Again, we have not tried this yet so I’ll let you know how it goes. Grounds for Sculpture is in Hamilton, NJ, and is absolutely beautiful. Apparently they have decorated it for the holidays, and the lights are supposed to be fantastic. The above site gives information, but I found myself needing more information on prices, so I called them to confirm:

1) Horse-drawn carriage rides:

12/3, 12/10, 12/17    5:00-8:00 PM

First-come, first-serve, no reservations

$5 per person, CASH ONLY

You must also pay the park entrance fee:

$12 for adults, $10 for seniors, children 6-17 $8, children under 5 free

2) Tram rides (which I’m told is more like an open train)

12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30   5:00-8:00 PM

First-come, first-serve, no reservations

Free tram ride

Park entrance fee required (see above for different prices)

Under five years old, tram ride free



  1. Misifusa said,

    Love all of your info! Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: