King of Prussia Mall will host a Santa Weekend from Saturday, December 7 to Sunday, December 8 with two festive and unique holiday events.
Kicking off the events on December 7 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. will be Pet Photo Morning during which families and their beloved pets are invited to the shopping center for a special holiday photo with Santa at his tree in the Bloomingdale’s Court.
Following on December 8 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. in The Plaza will be Caring Santa, a very special event dedicated to families that have children with special needs, providing a subdued environment to visit the Santa Photo Experience.
Simon Property Group’s Caring Santa program began in 2010 in partnership with AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community, to take steps to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for the children’s magical visit with Santa. The environment will include:
- Turning off in-mall music and stopping escalators located near the Santa set.
- Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
- Special activities and stories geared toward the needs of the child during the short ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.
- A special gift from Santa.
- A free 5’x 7’ photo with the purchase of a Comet Santa Photo Package.
Shoppers are encouraged to RSVP for the Caring Santa event by visiting www.caringsanta.com.
“In addition to providing our customers with fantastic holiday shopping options, we are equally thrilled to be able to host such special and memorable programs as Caring Santa,” said Kathy Smith, Director of Mall Marketing. “The Caring Santa program brings a lot of joy to children with special needs and to see that happen at our mall is truly an honor.”
For more information, please visit www.kingofprussiamall.
AbilityPath.org is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life. The website combines social networking features with expert content from AbilityPath.org’s team of educators, parents, therapists and medical professionals. AbilityPath.org was created by Community Gatepath, a nonprofit with over 90 years of experience serving families and children with special needs by fostering hope, dignity and independence. AbilityPath.org may also be found on Facebookand Twitter.