Barnum Fest provides free day for those with special needs at Discovery Museum
BRIDGEPORT — The Barnum Festival will hold a free-admission day for people with special needs at the Discovery Museum later this month.
The “A Special Day for Special Needs” event will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, according to a release.
Planned attractions include “full volume planetarium shows,” “no volume visually spectacular shows,” “visually stimulating live science demos with sensory interaction,” and an “opportunity to meet and greet a talented artist with disabilities at around 1 p.m. and view their exhibit.”
People who are differently abled and their support will be admitted to the museum for free.
“We are excited to offer the community this new program that perfectly aligns with this year’s Barnum Festival theme: Everyone Counts,” said Marty Schwartz, a Fairfield resident and the ringmaster of the 2019 Barnum Festival, in a release. “In addition, we are very grateful to The Discovery Museum for opening up their wonderful educational resource to the public and promoting activities that are inclusive.”
“Every child deserves an opportunity to learn, grow, and discover future success,” said Bill Finch, executive director of the Discovery Museum, in the release. “At the Discovery Museum, we are honored to take part in this special day — offering children with special needs and their caregivers free admission — while providing a fun and interactive learning environment that includes planetarium shows, live science demonstrations, and more.”
Part of the proceeds from this year’s Barnum Festival will go to benefit children with special needs, according to the release.
More information about the “A Special Day for Special Needs” is available on the Discovery Museum’s website — discoverymuseum.org — or by calling the museum at 203-372-3521.