Eastland Mall to host sensory event with Autism Evansville

Eastland Mall to host sensory event with Autism Evansville
Published: Nov. 12, 2022 at 1:54 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 12, 2022 at 7:32 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Eastland Mall is welcoming back Santa Claus for the holiday season.

For the first time, Eastland Mall partnered with Autism Evansville for a special sensory event.

The event will take place on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Children and parents will have the opportunity to spend time with Santa while the mall is closed to the general public.

Guests will enter through Entrance D near JCPenney.

Autism Evansville Executive Director Kelsey Schapker says it’s important to give kids a set-aside time to visit because a normal Santa visit can be overwhelming.

“A typical visit with Santa can be really loud, overwhelming, lots of waiting in line, which kids on the autism spectrum typically struggle with,” Schapker said. “So it’s important to recognize with our families that we are inclusive.”

Parents and children can visit for free, but have the opportunity to buy professional photos.

For more information, call Sean Ferguson at (812) 477-7171 to register your child for the event.

You can also make your reservation through the Eastland Mall website.

Schapker also says more sensory events will be announced soon for the holiday season.