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Santa Visits the EPU Children’s Center for a Sensory-Friendly, Multicultural Holiday Open House
Dec. 15, 2016 – FRESNO, Calif. – The EPU Children’s Center hosts its annual “Holiday Open House” this Friday, Dec. 16 at 9:30 am. It’s tradition for children to sit on Santa’s lap and give him their Christmas wish list, but for children with developmental delays, that tradition isn’t so easy. EPU’s Holiday Open House provides a supportive holiday party experience for children and families facing extraordinary medical and developmental delays.
“Holiday parties and visiting Santa Claus can be stressful for special needs children and their parents,” said Marlene Pena, program manager of EPU’s Family Resource Center. “The Holiday Open House is an inclusionary celebration that caters to children and families with different backgrounds and wide variety of needs.”
EPU’s Holiday Open House will feature a “Peek A Boo Santa” photo station: A family will pose in Santa’s chair, and a hidden Santa that will pop up from behind the chair when photo is snapped. This allows children with sensory issues to have a cheerful holiday memory with Santa.
EPU’s Holiday Open House observes holiday traditions from a variety of cultures and religions, hosting a ‘Feliz Navidad’-themed room with Folklorico dancers, an Asian-themed room featuring Hmong New Year traditions and dancing, and more. Holiday Open House attendees are invited to enjoy holiday crafts, games, face painting, storytelling, and a visit with Santa Claus.
The EPU Children’s Center has hosted the Holiday Open House for the past 40 years and expects at least 550 children and families to attend this year’s event. Visit the EPU Children’s Center’s Holiday Open House this Friday, Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
About EPU Children’s Center (Exceptional Parents Unlimited)
For 40 years, the EPU Children’s Center has provided support for children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental and parenting challenges throughout Fresno County. Today, the EPU Children’s Center serves over 950 children and families each week. The EPU Children’s Center’s staff of more than 100 therapists and early childhood specialists meet the critical needs of children and families through six specialized programs. For more information, visit www.epuchildren.org.