For some children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders, a visit to museums like ours is challenging or overstimulating. 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, but 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. Regular museum admission rates apply; everyone over the age of 1 – $11; Seniors 65+ – $9; Kids under the age of 12 months and Members – FREE. Admission discounts will be honored.
Monthly dates for Exploring Our Way will alternate between weekday and weekend to accommodate more families. Visit www.childrens-museum.org to reserve your spots, and to see future dates.