Today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM


Sensory Friendly Science Friday

07/12/2019, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

10 for non-members map


A special evening event for children and adults with sensory sensitivities.

Enjoy an evening of science discovery together at the Museum of Life and Science. Starting at 5:30pm, the Museum exclusively welcomes visitors of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory sensitivities. Exhibits and experiences are modified to create a sensory-dampened environment. Special resources are available in advance or at the Museum to support and enhance your visit.


Members: Free 
Non-members: Reduced rate of $10 per person
Train rides: $3.50 per person 
Children age 2 and under are admitted for free.

Activities include:

  • Access to all indoor exhibits
  • Our most popular outdoor experiences: Magic Wings Butterfly House, Dinosaur Trail, The Farmyard, and Hideaway Woods
  • The Ellerbe Creek Railway sensory-friendly train rides
  • Food for purchase from Southern Harvest food truck
  • Museum stores Elements and Gizmo Garage
  • Staff and volunteers from UNC TEACCH Autism Program will be on-hand to welcome and assist guests
  • Community partner resource tables


What is Sensory Friendly Friday? 
A special evening event for families with children and adults on the autism spectrum that includes access to our indoor as well as most outdoor exhibits.

When and where is it happening? 
Friday, July 12, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Museum of Life and Science.

Is there an admission fee? Do I need to purchase tickets in advance? 
Museum members are admitted for free; non-members receive a special reduced rate of $10 per person for both children and adults. Children age 2 and under are admitted for free. Train rides are available for $3.50 per person.

Tickets will be sold at the Admissions Desk during the time of the event. No advance ticket purchase is available.

What types of resources are available to support my child's enjoyment of this event? 
Our guests may use our social narratives, activity systems, cool down kits, and noise cancelling headphones. Feel free to ask any staff wearing a blue “Helper” button where to find these resources or if you have other needs. UNC TEACCH Autism Program staff and volunteers, our event partners, will have a resource table in the lobby.

Other helpful hints:

  • Cool-down areas and visual supports will be available throughout the evening.
  • Both Museum stores will be open.
  • No advance registration required, but feel free to let us know you’re coming through our Facebook events page. And be sure to share with your friends!

Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!