Sensory Friendly Playtime

Sensory Friendly Playtime

Program Overview

Join us for Sensory Friendly Playtime, a special Museum program for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders.

Upcoming Play Dates:

  • January 14, 2018 – 8am-10am
  • March 11, 2018 – 8am-10am
  • May 6, 2018 – 8am-10am

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Sensory Friendly Playtime

For some children with autism or sensory processing disorders, a visit to a museum like WOW! is difficult or overstimulating. In 2015, we launched Sensory Friendly Playtime, a special program where children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders can explore the Museum without the noise, crowds and stimulation of a typical day. We limit the number of families who can attend, turn down sounds and lights, and provide adaptive equipment such as noise reducing headphones and weighted vests. When available, an occupational therapist or art therapist are on hand to help facilitate low sensory activities. Best of all, admission is completely free for participating families thanks to program sponsor KidSPOT Pediatric Therapies, and our donor supported Play for All Initiative!

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Learn more about Forest of Light, a new sensory friendly exhibit opening Summer 2018!

What you’ll learn:

Even though we’re creating a low sensory environment for Sensory Friendly Playtime, all our exhibits are open for exploration. Children can delve into hands-on exhibits about a variety of subjects, including STEM, art, music, dance, theater, health and practical life.

  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Logic
  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills



Thank you to Sensory Friendly Playtime Sponsors:

Support our Play for All Initiative and provide free Museum visits for local families to attend upcoming Sensory Friendly Playtimes!

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