Conner Prairie to open grounds 1 hour early April 9 for guests living with sensory, developmental challenges


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

    FISHERS, Ind. (Friday, April 1, 2016/Conner Prairie) – Conner Prairie will open its grounds one hour early April 9 and offer free admission for guests living with sensory or developmental challenges and their families.

    As part of Autism Awareness Month, the grounds 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 grounds close 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 nature areas, experiencing the 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 welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie's 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 experiences. 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 first 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 (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.