October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
October marks the beginning of a beautiful month. Most trees have already changed colors, pumpkin has been infused into just about everything, Halloween is essentially a month long celebration of all things spooky, and there are tons of Fall activities to get involved in. That’s not all, though. October, for many other people, is a very special month because it marks the start of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This month gives us a chance to spread awareness of the abilities and contributions of those with Down Syndrome. Throughout the month, people celebrate by participating in Buddy Walks, which are awesome events in several different communities where people walk to raise awareness for the condition. SkyPark is hosting its own Down Syndrome Awareness Day on October 28th! We have plenty of surprises up our sleeve, so keep reading to see how you can get in on the fun!
What is Down Syndrome?
So what exactly is Down Syndrome? Down Syndrome is a common chromosomal condition in which an individual is born with an extra copy of Chromosome 21. This means that those with Down Syndrome face some difficulty with brain function. They sometimes have trouble with learning, memory and speech throughout life. It also means that adults with Down Syndrome can experience more cognitive delays later in their lives. This doesn’t mean that they are all that different from us. So many individuals with Down Syndrome have been living their lives to the fullest. Take Madeline Stuart, for example. Madeline is a model and actress diagnosed with Down Syndrome. She walked her first catwalk during New York Fashion Week in 2015, making history! There are people like Madeline who don’t let their condition keep them from improving the world. We want to encourage them to keep doing so.
Down Syndrome Awareness Day at SkyPark at Santa’s Village
Here at SkyPark, we want to do our part in celebrating those with Down Syndrome. So on October 28th, we are going to do something special by hosting our very own Down Syndrome Awareness Day! If you have a child or loved one with Down Syndrome you can follow this link. Type in the code AWARE10 for 10% off your ticket order. Remember, this will only work for the date of 10/28/17. If you don’t use this link, change the date on the right hand side of the screen before adding tickets to your cart.
Heather Avis and The Lucky Few
We will have lots of fun activities going on around the park, including a special guest speaker, Heather Avis, who will be speaking at 2 pm. Heather is the owner of popular Instagram page @macymakesmyday.
She’s also the author of The Lucky Few. The Lucky Few is a life changing story about a mother of three adopted children, two of which were born with Down Syndrome. We’re so excited to hear Heather’s experiences of motherhood, adopting, and finding beauty in the least expected places. Her story has been an inspiration to many. We feel like the lucky ones to have The Lucky Few joining us for a fun-filled evening!
Pumpkins in the Pines
Don’t miss out on all the Fall Fun going on around the park while you wait to meet our special guests! October 28th also falls on the last Saturday of our Fall Harvest Festival. Enjoy live music, fun crafts, tasty food, spooky drinks, and great company all in your favorite outdoor adventure park! There will be Trick Or Treating from 4 to 6 pm and plenty of photo ops for your holiday cards. Take a gander at the pumpkins in our pumpkin patch and stroll through our apple orchards. Maybe even take a swing at our Harvest Carnival Games in the Pavilion! Come witness all the fun and the magic the park has to offer before the holiday season sneaks in. Celebrate the differences that make us all human and open yourself up to new experience and adventures. Learn from our guests and engage in activities that push you to grow and think outside the box. Who knows, you might even find a new buddy!