Since I originally shared this post, my child and I have been to Morgan’s Wonderland two more times–on my own dime. What keeps us coming back is the inclusive spirit. And I love that my able-bodied youngster can play along side children who are different than him in a warm, comfortable setting. Truly, this amusement park is about something more than fun and games. It’s about a sense of community and connectedness in a divided world. That’s why I pinned it to the Summer in San Antonio Pinterest board launched by Stacy of KidStuffWorld.com this morning.– Pamela, 6 June 2012
Honest to goodness I don’t know where or how to begin to describe Morgan’s Wonderland. You can get the full 411 on the amusement park’s website.
Essentially, it’s a two-year-old fully accessible amusement park in San Antonio built for people with disabilities–and their families–top of mind.
And I’m not talking modified traditional rides and activities. I mean a park where people in wheelchairs–people of all ages–can ride seesaws and buzz around the park on a mini-train. I mean a place where children with sensory integration issues, intense tantrums, autism, and other issues are provided a “sanctuary garden” to recover from sensory overload while their siblings can keep playing. (Yes, this is a space for “glass children,” too.)
Photos fail to fully convey the spirit of the place–a topic that I’d love to return to here and try to explain more eloquently. [Update: Another Glimpse Inside Morgan’s Wonderland]
If you’ve known and loved a child with a physical or mental limitation, then I suspect you “get” the power of seeing this quartet on display throughout the amusement park.
And if you know or love a child–whatever his or her limitations, whatever his or her age–who has never experienced a play space where all humans are welcome and respected, then you owe it to yourself to make a beeline to Morgan’s Wonderland.
Teaching appreciation for differences is a cornerstone of our home learning experience. I recommend the following two books: Hi, I’m Ben! And I’ve Got a Secret by Julie Bouwkamp about a boy with Down’s Syndrome and Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability by Pat Thomas
Disclosure: I participated in an #samoms event held earlier today at Morgan’s Wonderland and organized by Debi at San Antonio Busy Kids. My family was provided complimentary access for the day to tour the facility and provided a free lunch, but the opinions expressed here are mine alone.