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Sensory-Friendly Events

Sensory Friendly Events*

The Museum opens early on Sundays and offers an inclusive playtime Monday through Thursday for families of children with autism, sensory sensitivities & special needs.
Sensory Friendly Hour 9-10 a.m. 
Join popular teacher Lahela Peterson before the museum opens to the public for a special hour of play. Explore the museum during a less stimulating time & connect with other families who may share similar life experiences.

New Sensory Friendly Kits
The Museum now offers free Sensory Friendly Art Kits to our sensory program families. Each week your child will be able to choose a different kit from our selection (all materials are included). Pick one up during Sensory Friendly Hour. If you are unable to attend the event and would still like a kit, please email Amanda Wilkening at awilkening@hocm.org to schedule a touchless pickup. 

Special Program Rate! 
Members: FREE Admission
Non-members: $7.50 per person, ages 18 months & older
Babies are free
No pre-registration required
*Sensory Friendly Hour excludes special event days and some holidays

Online Reservations Required

NEW Sensory Inclusive Playtimes Monday - Thursday 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Families can also enjoy inclusive playtimes during the week. While we are open to the public, this is typically a quiet time with lower attendance. Families will receive the  regular Sensory Friendly Playtime admittance rate. Noise-cancelling earphones always available free of charge. For questions contact Lahela Peterson at lpeterson@hocm.org.

Reservations Required
Call (360) 956-0818 ext 0

Safe Play & Learning
Your family’s health and safety is our number one priority. If you would like more information on the steps the museum is taking to ensure a clean and healthy environment click here. 

Supported by: 

Agostinho Rodrigues Trust

Mary Bridge Multi Care

COVID-19 resources for families

What resources will be there?

These events also allow families to connect with local community resources, including:

How can families of children with special needs prepare for their visit?

To plan your visit to the museum, check out our interactive map. We've also prepared a Sensory-Friendly Story Guide to help you and your child familiarize yourself with the museum and its exhibits before you visit. Written from a child’s perspective, the guides can be helpful in planning which exhibits to visit and in which order.