Sensory Inclusive – The Virginia Zoo
Signage on Zoo grounds designate loud areas as “Headphone Zones” as pictured here at the World of Reptiles exhibit.
The Virginia Zoo has partnered with KultureCity to make Zoo grounds and programs sensory inclusive! This partnership will allow for the following:
- Virginia Zoo staff are being trained on how to recognize visitors with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.
- Sensory bags, which are available for free at the Zoo’s Membership Office, are equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools and verbal cue cards.
- A weighted lap pad will also be available at the ZooTrain to all Zoo guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.
- There are also designated “Quiet Zones” around the Zoo for those who may need a more quiet and calm environment to regroup.
A “Quiet Zone” can be found at the Zoo’s Flora Point for those who may need a more quiet and calm environment to regroup.
For families who have felt limited in their ability to enjoy the Virginia Zoo because of sensory concerns, this provides some additional tools to help them enjoy all that the Zoo has to offer.
Families will also be able to download the free KultureCity App where they can view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Also, on the App is the Social Story which will provide a preview of what to expect while enjoying the Virginia Zoo.
Sensory bags can be checked out for free at the Zoo’s Membership Office and are equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools and verbal cue cards.
Make sure to check out upcoming Sensory-Friendly Events in Hampton Roads – Click Here.
And also visit our listings of programs that provide programming and support for Families with Special Needs HERE.