Sensory Friendly Hours presented by Variety Texas

Sunday, January 28 from 8–10 am

RESERVE FREE TICKETS

Visit Thinkery for Sensory Friendly Hours from 8-10 am and enjoy a free breakfast taco provided by Hat Creek Burger Company.

Thinkery is committed to providing an accessible and interactive experience for all. During Sensory Friendly Hours, Thinkery extends a special invitation to learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other special needs to explore Thinkery with their families.

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

In addition to exclusive museum access, Thinkery partners with amazing organizations to provide fun, hands-on activities and tailored information.

Sensory Friendly Hours at Thinkery are presented by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas. Variety is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering children with special needs in Texas.

Variety Children's Charity of Texas


Preparing for Your Visit

To assist with planning and preparing for your visit we’ve created a few helpful resources:

Thinkery Floor Map

Thinkery’s Sensory Friendly Pre-Visit Guide – Primary Social Story

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 free of charge. No pre-registration is required for therapists. Therapists, please check-in at the 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 we have exhibits and activities designed to appeal to many. We invite you to bring the whole family!

What did you do to prepare for the event?

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

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

Thinkery is busiest on weekends, as well as weekday mornings. We recommend visiting on weekday afternoons, as well as during our weekly Community Night program (Wednesdays from 4–8 pm). Please note, you may always call ahead to find out if there is a large group or event scheduled during your visit.

I have other questions.  Who can I ask?

For more info, please email Todd Moore at tmoore@thinkeryaustin.org.