One of my favorite things to do in Chattanooga is definitely the holiday events at the Chattanooga Zoo. The zoo teams up with Chattanooga Therapeutic Recreation Services and the city of Chattanooga to sponsor an evening at Halloween and Christmas for families with special needs children and adults.
I’ve got a Masters in special education and Loss’ younger brother is on the autism spectrum, so this world is super close to my heart and everyday life. I love seeing families and also those who are older and in group homes or similar settings get dressed up and having fun meeting characters and trick or treating. I may have teared up a few times because how warm and fuzzy it made my little heart.
While we were there, I ran into my friend from camp a few years back, the Flash and his mom and was so stoked to see how much this kiddo has grown. He has a special place in my heart- he wanted to read books inside instead of playing outside during the hot summer days.
I met a large cat character, Loss’ little brothers and nephew trick or treated and played games around the zoo and we checked out animals as well.
Along with all of the volunteers, there was also a group of cosplayers in amazing costumes on hand to take pictures and interact with the crowd. I, of course, had to get my photo with the Bat Girl in the amazing cosplay that I need in my life (she gave me the hint to check for the Simplicity pattern this time of year!).
The same folks also run an awesome holiday event in December that is one of my favorite things to do with all the kiddos and siblings on Loss’ side of the family. Thank you, Chattanooga Zoo & City of Chattanooga for running such amazing events continually and supporting and bringing out a community who might not always feel like they have events for them. You guys are seriously amazing!