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Sensory-Friendly Events

Autism
Special Mornings of Play
NEW! Now every Sunday 9-10 a.m.!

For families of children with Autism, sensory sensitivities & special needs. 

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.

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 Visits
Whenever possible we create a quiet space with calming activities during normal weekend business hours. Noise cancelling earphones always available free of charge. If you have questions, feel free to call (360) 956-0818 ext. 0.

Supported by: Agostinho Rodrigues Trust
Please Note: 

On May 12, 2019 Hands On is hosting the Family Support Services of South Sound Mother's Day 5k that will impact guest parking and access. Guests who wish to attend Special Morning of Play should plan to enter the museum through the back door near the general museum paid parking lot. The parking lot will not be accessible to patrons until 11 a.m. and several streets nearby will be closed to traffic. Please plan accordingly. The event will be utilizing the museum lobby until 10:30 a.m. 

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.