The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk has planned three special mornings for guests with sensory-processing differences to give them a fun, comfortable and accepting environment. On each of the Sensory-Friendly Mornings, April 2-4, from 8 a.m. to noon, the lights will be lower, the music and other sounds turned down or off. Two specially selected IMAX movies will be shown with lower volume and theater lights less dim. The first half of each morning will be before normal opening time so that staff can focus on special-needs guests and so that it will be less crowded for guests who need that.
There will be a special low-volume seal feeding is planned for 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 3. A “quiet room” will be available for guests who need a space to calm; for families who need to leave within the first 30 minutes of arrival, passes will be available to come back and try again another day.