Summer Sensory Friendly Hours

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Member Child/Adult: $3
Non-Member Child/Adult: $5

At Thinkery, we are committed to providing an accessible and interactive experience for ALL. During our Sensory Friendly Hours program, we extend a special invitation to learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other special needs to explore, experience and discover Thinkery with their families. Our next Sensory Friendly Hours program will take place Sunday, July 23 from 8–10 am. Tickets may be purchased here!

A typical visit to Thinkery can be challenging for those who feel overwhelmed by large crowds and excessive stimuli. In acknowledgement of this, our galleries will be modified to reduce extra stimuli. Additionally, ticket sales are limited to reduce crowding.

And that’s not all! We’re also partnering with some amazing local organizations—including Autism Society of TexasJoshua’s StageSpark Learning and Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)—to provide fun, hands-on activities and tailored information

Interested in attending our next Sensory Friendly Hours program on Sunday, July 23? Here are a few helpful resources to help you plan and prepare for your visit!

Thinkery Floor Map

Thinkery’s Sensory Friendly Pre-visit Guide – Primary Social Story “My Visit to Thinkery”

Thinkery’s Sensory Friendly Pre-visit Guide – Intermediate Social Story

FAQ

Can my child’s therapist attend along with our family?

Yes! Therapists working with clients may accompany the family—completely free of charge. No pre-registration is required for accompanying therapists. If you are a therapist and plan to attend Sensory Friendly Hours with your client, please check-in at our Admissions Desk upon arrival.

Can my typically developing child attend too?

Yes! We understand that it can often be difficult for families with children of mixed abilities/ages to find activities that will keep everyone entertained. At Thinkery, families learn and play together, and our exhibits and activities were designed to appeal to many. We invite you to bring the entire family!

What did you do to prepare for the event?

Our Sensory Friendly Hours are modeled after similar programs held at museums across the country, including Houston Children’s Museum and Seattle Children’s Museum. We have modeled our Social Narrative after one produced by the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, and we’ve produced a special map for the event. To ensure we are implementing best practices, we’ve consulted with therapists from Center for Autism and Related Disorders and Autism Society of Texas.

Outside of Sensory Friendly Hours, when is the best time for a visit to Thinkery?

Weekends are generally busiest, as are weekday mornings. We recommend visiting Thinkery on weekday afternoons and during Community Night (Wednesdays from 4–8 pm). Please note, you may call ahead to find out if there is a school group or special event scheduled for the day of your visit.

I have other questions.  Who can I ask?

For more information, please email Todd Moore, public programs manager, at tmoore@thinkeryaustin.org.

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