Since it opened Hou-Ville has cast a spell over the Saskatoonians. The limited-engagement exhibit turned the 40 Below venue in downtown Live Nation (520 Texas Ave.) into a whimsical vacation wonderland.
Now the popular exhibition opens its colorful doors to children who might otherwise be overlooked while on holiday. According to organizers, Hou-Ville is offering a free sensor day for children with autism and special needs.
Hou-Ville’s special offer for children with special needs takes place on Thursday, December 17th, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is open to 100 autistic children and children with special needs (accompanied by a parent) and is sponsored by the exhibition and BioTek reMEDys, according to a press release.
Parents should reply by email to to participate [email protected] Receive a special promotional code for tickets to the event; The first 100 RSVPs are accepted.
“Families with children with special needs often face different challenges when it comes to exploring public exhibits and holiday events,” said Sherrie Handrinos, co-owner of Hou-ville, in a statement. “Children had fun exploring the life-size sets, taking photos and playing the artificial snow in Hou-Ville.”
Guests can expect 12 life-size Hou-Ville City sets. a Hou Ville bakery with oversized goodies; an astro gingerbread house; a Santa’s workshop full of toys and giant stuffed teddy bears from the Saskatoon Rockets; a ski lift; a sleigh of Santa’s space station; and a candy cane lane with free hot chocolate, coffee, and handmade feast ice from Saskatoon food truck The DoughCone.
For this special needs event, The DoughCone will be offering dairy-free hot cocoa and Cubby Love Bears are giving away their Auzy Bear, which is designed for non-verbal children. Families have access to a lookbook to help prepare their children for the experience.
The holiday village also includes a Hou-Ville gift shop with gifts and gifts, a bar on weekends for adults and performances by Santa Claus.
Masks are required for COVID security and are provided free of charge if required. Wellness checks, including temperature checks, will be performed on entry into Free Sensory Day and on all other scheduled visits. Hand disinfection stations and towels are located throughout the village, the exhibition is disinfected between the scheduled time windows and the entire facility is steamed and sterilized every night according to the organizers.
Parking is available at the Green Garage at 511 Rusk in downtown Saskatoon. A level 2 tunnel leads directly to the venue.