Sensory Friendly Saturdays

Sensory Friendly Saturdays at TCMU are designed for children with special sensory needs, sensory processing differences, and other special needs. During one Saturday each month, children will be encouraged to explore the museum, partake in programming, and engage with our staff in an inclusive and comfortable environment from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


March 10 | April 28
From 9:00am-12:00pm
Check back for additional dates in May, September, October and November

What to Expect
  • Bright lights will be dimmed throughout the museum
  • Loud sounds from exhibits will be limited
  • Designated quiet spaces, with a symbol denoting where quiet spaces are on each floor

  • Sensory-friendly programs will take place in:
    • Be Anything Place (Special program)
    • Spark!Lab (Invention)
    • Off the Wall (Art)
    • Story Time and More (for ages five and under)
Social Narrative

To prepare your child for a visit to the museum, the social narrative can be read to your child ahead of time. The social narrative will tell children what to expect when they visit the museum, from parking and admissions to exhibit play and exiting. Click here to view.


Click for March 10 map. Maps will be available at the admissions desk upon request.

Programming for March 10
  • Carolina Dance Collaborative Workshops at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30: Carolina Dance Collaborative is bringing all participants involved in Sensory Day at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate an experience to participate in adaptive dance and music. We will explore a variety of dance styles to allow ourselves to create and develop a movement sequence that can be modified and adapted to all physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. Fun music will lead our energetic bodies into pure joy!
  • Spark!Lab Music Time: 9am-12pm - Explore the invention of music in a hands-on and inclusive environment
  • Texturized Art Experiences: 9am-12pm - All children will have opportunities to use various textures to create process-oriented art with the help of our program guides.
  • Story Time for All: 10am, 11am, and 1pm in Get Up and Grow, please sign-up in admissions upon arrival


In order to help the museum better accommodate and enrich children with sensory-related sensitivities, our program department has had opportunities to participate in professional development related to special needs. This has given our staff the ability to customize programs and create an environment that is suitable to children who have these special needs. Staff members met with Dr. Cynthia Connor, Associate Professor of Special Education at Jacksonville State University. Dr. Connor conducted workshops on how to engage and make toys more accessible for children with special needs. Additionally, staff members have underwent in-house trainings related to The Learning Together Curriculum put out by Boston Children’s Museum. In January, Krista Olsen with the South Carolina Interagency Deaf-Blind Project will conduct a workshop with simulations related to working with children of all developmental levels. The department has a plan to continue workshops throughout 2018.

Standard admission prices  apply.

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