Exploring Our Way: Sensory Friendly Playtime

For some children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders, a visit to museums like ours is challenging or over-stimulating. The Exploring Our Way: Sensory Friendly Playtimes are exclusive to families of children with special needs. These monthly, low-sensory events are designed for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders allowing them to explore the Museum along with their families without the noise, crowds, and stimulation of a typical open day.

We limit the number of families who can attend, turn down sounds and lights, provide a quiet zone with sensory activities away from the exhibit floor and have noise cancelling headphones to borrow. A medical diagnosis is not required. Pre-registration is required.

Masks are optional for children with sensory issues visiting during Sensory Friendly Playtime, but are required for the remainder of the party (over the age of 24 months) regardless of vaccination status.

2022 Dates through June

Tuesday, February 1, 1-4pm >>
Sunday, March 6, 1-4pm >>

Tuesday, April 5, 1-4pm >>

Sunday, May 1, 1-4pm >>

Tuesday, June 7, 1-4pm >>

The Details

  • Regular admission rates apply; discounts will be honored
  • Register online in advance
  • Plan-your-visit resources available:
  • Days will alternate between weekday and weekend, to accommodate more families.

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