You may know that I host events several times per month for different brands and organizations, but my favorite event of the year is about to take place on December 5th. I'm excited to announce that for the 4th year in a row, we've partnered with Fair Oaks Mall to host the Fair Oaks Mall Ice Palace Sensory Friendly Santa event!
How'd it start? A few years ago, I had a reader reach out to me to ask if I knew of any local malls that offered opportunities for children with Autism to experience Santa in a toned-down environment... and I was really sad to find out that at the time, not many of these events were offered. I immediately reached out to Fair Oaks Mall and asked if I could possibly host an event for my local readers and social media followers -- and without hesitation, they said YES!
To make it easier on the families, we are able to host the event in the early morning - before the mall music, noise, and long lines begin. Fair Oaks Mall generously covers the cost of the photos and supports Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia. You can take a look at some of the photos from the very first Fair Oaks Mall Sensory-Friendly Santa event we did back in 2012.
This year's event is on Saturday, December 5th from 8am-10am. Families of children with special needs can register online and reserve a time slot by visiting the event page: http://bit.ly/sensoryfriendlysanta. This event is first come, first serve. Space is very limited.
Fair Oaks Mall has many special events going on throughout the holiday season including Santa Paws (opportunities for pet photos with Santa!) and VIP Concierge Services beginning on Black Friday. To see the full list of events, visit: http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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