PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla - In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, the Autism Society of Palm Beach/Martin County is hosting a new FUNdraiser for the entire family – The Palm Beach Autism Festival Presented by The Eppy Group, The Palm Beach Kennel Club and The Slomin Family Center. This unique one-of-a-kind event will be Friday, April 18 from 6 pm – 10 pm at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens.
The event kicks-off with a free screening of “A Teens Guide to Understanding And Communicating With People on The Autism Spectrum” at 6 pm at the Cobb Theaters. This 14 minute documentary is told through the eyes of Alexandra Jackman, a 14-year-old student filmmaker. Jackman will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.
Following the screening head to Center Courte, for an up close animal encounter and show at 6:30 presented by Busch Wildlife. Then at 7 pm enjoy live music by Harold Seay, the Boogie Shoes Man and original member of K.C. & The Sunshine Band.
The entire community will enjoy a festival atmosphere with activities for those on the autism spectrum OR not. For the little ones (2-6) enjoy face painting, clowns, carousal and train rides, and fun and games at Cool Bean’s Indoor Playground as the first 50 kids under 6 get in free from 6 – 8 pm. A dedicated section with special sensory options will be available for those children with special needs.
For the older kids (6-14) enjoy a site-wide scavenger hunt, a kids club area presented by Home Depot, candle making, wax hand making and pottery. And let’s not forget the adults, participate in a WILD Chinese Auction and relax in the sip and savor area. Plus enjoy a Mini-Art Festival by artists from “Artists with Autism” and interactive resource and vendor booths.