Sensory-Friendly Lights Up/Sound Down Performance to Debut at William M. Staerkel Planetarium in Champaign
Special educators and therapists were given a sneak peek and a chance to offer feedback for the upcoming performances
The stars aligned and two worlds collided for Champaign resident Tania Swigart recently.
By day, Swigart works as an early childhood special educator at the Champaign Early Childhood Center. By night, Swigart shares her passion for the planets, stars, and constellations through her part-time position at the Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland Community College. Most recently, Swigart worked alongside Erik Johnson, director of the planetarium, and the planetarium’s producer, Waylena McCully, to create a sensory-friendly experience.
Tickets may be purchased up to 30 minutes in advance of the show. Adult tickets are $6, while seniors/students/youth tickets are $5. Friends of Staerkel Planetarium members are free. The planetarium is wheelchair-accessible and visitors are encouraged to pull into the circle drive nearest the planetarium to drop off patrons and then park their cars in M1 lot nearest the theater.
Looking for more resources for children or adults with special needs in the Champaign-Urbana area? We have many organizations and supports in the community. Check out our resource guide.