Sensory Friendly Hours

Sunday, July 23 from 8–10 am

Member Child/Adult: $3
Non-Member Child/Adult: $5
FREE: Children 0–23 months

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Take a break from the summer heat and crowds with an exclusive morning of museum exploration and fun activities!

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 acknowledgement 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:

Autism Society of Texas – Generously donated the first 50 reservations—and they will be onsite with helpful resources for improving the lives of those affected by autism.

Joshua’s Stage – Get creative with making puppets, designing masks and improv fun!

Spark Learning – Join us for story time with Spark Learning and their energetic team of ABA therapists.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) – Explore water wonders with CARD’s BCBA therapists.

Thanks to the Autism Society of Texas for generously donating the first 50 tickets!

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—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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