Explore and discover the various ecosystems that are located right in our backyard! Jump aboard a ship to go fishing, enjoy whale watching with our interactive projections, make music with our new Octo-pipe and Manta Ray xylophone musical stations. Explore the magic and the importance of the Everglades with a new area featuring an alligator light table, lady bug hug, large nest play area with eggs and a wooden walkway with nature sounds from the river of grass.
The most exciting and special addition to South Florida and Me Gallery is the Snoezelen Room. The room is a multi-sensory experience with incredible visuals presented in a reduced and comfortable lighting setting and is based on and was designed in collaboration with Beit Issie Shapiro, the global leader of research into Snoezelen therapy. Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environments are relaxing spaces that help reduce agitation and anxiety, but also engage and delight the user, stimulate reactions and encourage communication. This space has been created specifically for children with autism, sensory processing disorders, global developmental delays and other special needs to enjoy with their families.