Sensory Friendly Hours presented by Variety – The Children’s Charity of Texas

Variety Children's Charity of Texas

Sunday, October 22 from 8–10 am at Thinkery and 10:30 am at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

Visit Thinkery for Sensory Friendly Hours from 8–10 am (plus enjoy a free breakfast taco provided by Hat Creek Burger Company!)—then head over to Alamo Drafthouse Mueller for an Alamo for All sensory-friendly screening of Trolls at 10:30 am!

Both events are generously sponsored by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas.

Separate reservations required for both events:

RESERVE TICKETS FOR THINKERY’S SENSORY FRIENDLY HOURS PRESENTED BY VARIETY
RESERVE TICKETS FOR ALAMO FOR ALL SCREENING OF “TROLLS” ($5 food and beverage voucher is required to reserve your seat)

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 is partnering with some amazing organizations to provide fun, hands-on activities and tailored information:

8:30 am & 9:30 am: Shining Stars – Theatre arts and improv games with Joshua’s Stage.

8:45 am, 9:15 am & 9:45 am: Dance and Move! – Stop by for a quick lesson for individuals of all abilities with 2dance2dream.

Autism Society of Texas – Helpful resources for improving the lives of all those affected by autism.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) – Build a tower with CARD’s BCBA therapists.

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.


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.