Conner Prairie to open grounds 1 hour early April 11 for guests living with autism, sensory or developmental challenges


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, March 30, 2015/Conner Prairie) – Conner Prairie will open its grounds one hour early April 11 and offer free admission for guests living with autism and sensory or developmental challenges and their families.

    As part of Autism Awareness Month, the park will be open from 9-10 a.m., an early opening designed to allow those with sensory challenges to enjoy a quieter experience at Conner Prairie. Guests must arrive between 9-10 a.m. to receive free admission but can stay as long as they choose up until the park closes at 5 p.m.

    Guests can enjoy full access to the grounds and its destinations. Popular activities include getting up close with animals in Animal Encounters, enjoying the tranquility of the Nature Walk, experiencing the park’s historical areas, playing on playground equipment and more.

    If needed during this early opening period, guests may utilize designated areas marked as quiet spots that offer solace and a sensory kit that includes a weighted blanket and soft, sensory toys, among other items. Quiet spots are marked on Conner Prairie’s daily visitor map.
    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park located in Fishers, Ind., welcomes more than 340,000 guests of all ages annually. Five outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces combine history with science, technology, engineering and math and offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiencing. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.