Caring Bunny to Cater to Special Needs Families – 2014

Caring Bunny - 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

The Caring Bunny offers families with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny has been developed by Simon Property Group and is guided by AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 80 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season.

Many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):

· Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event.
· Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
· Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.

The Caring Bunny will make appearances at Orland Square and Woodfield Mall.

Sunday, April 13, from 8 a.m., Orland Square will host the Caring Bunny™ event. For more information about Orland Square’s Easter events or for a full schedule of Bunny hours, please call (708) 349-1646 or visit the Orland Square website, Orland Square Mall on Facebook, or @OrlandSquare on Twitter.

On April 13 from 8 am to 10 am the Caring Bunny will appear at Woodfield Mall. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club and Woodfield Mall’s Easter events, visit the Kidgits website, Woodfield on Facebook, or @WoodfieldMall on Twitter.

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