Since 2011, the Education Department has invited visually impaired or blind children and their families to participate in a Beeping Egg Hunt. This annual event is reminiscent of the Easter parties Corinne Melchers, with her husband’s encouragement, would host for local children each year at Belmont, complete with Punch and Judy shows, egg rolls, fanciful invitations, and plenty of favors.
Our specially designed plastic eggs, which were made and donated by the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators volunteers, emit a chirping sound that allows children to retrieve them using their hearing. Sighted siblings are encouraged to participate by wearing a blindfold. The event also includes a petting zoo, a Touch a Tractor station, sensory activities, plus verbal descriptions and touch tours in the art gallery.