Eastgate Square will be holding an event this weekend that will provide children with special needs an opportunity to meet Santa before the mall opens.
Children and teens up to age 18 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs can enjoy a comfortable environment with their families while meeting Santa.
“We knew that there was a need within our community to offer a sensory sensitive environment for children with Autism after consulting with the experts – Autism Ontario Hamilton Chapter,” said Eastgate Square Marketing Director Barbara Miele. “Eastgate Square is very connected to our community and we are always pleased to offer events that strengthen and support local not for profit organizations.”
The event will be held on Sunday, December 18 and will run from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
There will be activities to help occupy the children while they wait in line to see Santa including a craft area, face painting and Christmas elves making balloon sculptures. St. John Ambulance therapy dogs will also be present.
There is no need to pre-register for the event. Free photo packages will be offered on first come, first serve basis until 10 a.m.
Autism Ontario will be offering an information booth during the Quiet Time hours to provide families with information about services and supports available in the Hamilton Community.