Accessibility

SENSORY FRIENDLY MONDAYS at Kaleideum Downtown are a time for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have an enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment! At the Museum, learning can be verbal or non-verbal; hands-on or hands-off; fast or slow; social or solitary; loud or quiet; directed or inquiry-based. Sensory Friendly Mondays are offered one day per month, September through May, on Members-only Mondays (9 am–Noon) when Museum attendance is light. You do not need to be a member in order to attend, but admission or membership is required.

Kaleideum Downtown welcomes EC groups on Sensory Friendly Mondays. To book a visit, contact Christy Ferguson, Manager of Museum Scheduling, cferguson@kaleideum.org.

2019 Sensory Friendly Mondays: March 18, April 29, May 20, September 16, October 14, November 18, December 9

 2020 Sensory Friendly Mondays: January 13, February 10, March 16, April 20, May 11

SENSORY FRIENDLY NIGHTS are offered throughout the year. Admission is $3/person (+ tax) for members and non-members.

Friday, April 12, 5-8 pm at Kaleideum Downtown – Sensory Friendly Night: Easter Adventure with The Jungle Book      Play in the exhibits, create a special craft, enjoy a storytime, and hunt for eggs! Children will have an opportunity to trade in their empty eggs for a goody bag with novelties and Top 8 Safe treats. For an additional fee, $8 (+tax)/member, $10 (+tax)/non-member – enjoy a sensory friendly performance of The Jungle Book, presented by Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum, at 6:30 pm. Tickets available at peppercorntheatre.org or at the door.

Friday, June 21, 5-8 pm at Kaleideum North – Sensory Friendly Night: Science Extravaganza                                                Engage in science through hands-on demonstrations and activities (beginning at 6 pm) and museum play. 

Social narratives and visual schedules for each campus, written from a child’s perspective, are available for download to help you and your child familiarize yourselves with Kaleideum before your visit.

Kaleideum Downtown has a large, private family restroom on each floor for your comfort and convenience. Sensory Friendly programming modifications at Kaleideum Downtown include choice boards and a designated quiet room.

Watch the video below to learn more about our sensory friendly backpacks, available to borrow at Kaleideum North and Kaleideum Downtown while you explore.

Thanks to ABC of NC for their guidance in developing this program.

For questions or to sign up to receive emails about upcoming sensory friendly programming: contact Kayla Todd, Manager of Guest Engagement – ktodd@kaleideum.org.