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 Sarah Evans, Education Programs Manager,

2018 Sensory Friendly Mondays: September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17

2019 Sensory Friendly Mondays: January 14, February 18, March 18, April 29, May 20

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

Join us Friday, September 28 from 5-8 pm for Sensory Friendly Night at Kaleideum Downtown!            Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum performs Night & Day at 6:30 pm  Zoom into the world of ladybugs, spiders, ants, and other insects as they navigate the changes between night and day. As the sun and moon pass by, seasons change from Winter to Spring: snow melts, grass sprouts, flowers bloom, and this small-scale world awakens. This table-top puppet show features acapella folk songs to accompany 95 puppets that move, grow, and change.

Join us Friday, October 26 from 5-8 pm for Sensory Friendly Night: Halloween Adventure at Kaleideum Downtown  –  Trick-or-treat for candy and novelty toys while you explore the Museum! 

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 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 Christine Simonson, Director of Education – Kaleideum Downtown,