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.
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)
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 to download a map for June 9. Maps will be available at the admissions desk upon request.
Special Programming for August 11: Art Workshop with Artist-in-Residence
Guest artist Peggie Hartwell will lead inclusive art workshops for our visitors. Hartwell is founder and instructor for Voices on Cloth, which promotes the art of quilt-making with a focus on working with K-12 students via classroom programs. Voices on Cloth preserves the story quilt and quilt-making traditions, fostering creative thinking and the concept of art as a visual language. This program is a quality Accessible Art experience. Special considerations are given to students with special needs as they discover that artistic expression unites us all in a shared medium of self-discovery.
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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