Sensory Friendly Mornings

Sensory Friendly Mornings at TCMU are designed for children with special sensory needs, sensory processing differences, and other special needs. Once a month, children will be encouraged to explore the museum, partake in programming, and engage with our staff in an inclusive and comfortable environment.


Sunday, November 11

Calling all dog lovers! Are you ready “fur” the last Sensory Friendly Day of the year? Roll over to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate-Greenville for our furriest and friendliest Sensory Friendly Day as we bring some four-legged friends to the museum. This Sensory Friendly Day will be a doggone good time. The Museum has partnered with Paws2Care to bring in therapy dogs.

The museum will open one hour early today for Sensory Friendly Sunday Morning. In addition to limited groups, quiet rooms on each floor, and lowered museum sounds, children will have opportunities to engage in a sensory friendly Story Time, quieter art spaces, and special programming:

  • Story Time with Therapy Dogs at 10:30am and 11:30am. Children will listen to stories while being surrounded by our furry friends.
  • Take a picture in our dog-themed photo booth.
  • Bring in a picture of your dog to hang on our "Furry Family" board.
  • Every visitor will get a special stuffed dog to take home - while supplies last!
  • Create your own dog craft in art.

Butler is a Therapy dog who loves his job! He most loves having his picture made with both kids and adults. Take a picture with Butler at Sensory Friendly Day!

Kena is a 3-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback girl. Her favorite hobby, when not meeting new people, is chasing a plastic bag attached to a string. She loves to have her chest and neck scratched. Meet Kena at Sensory Day!

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.

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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