Sensory Friendly Time
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland aims to be an inclusive learning environment for children of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. To help support this mission, we offer Sensory Friendly Time for families with children with special needs on the third Sunday of each month.
Through this program, we open the Museum an hour and a half early to a limited number of pre-registered guests, allowing families to enjoy the Museum in a quieter, less crowded environment. Guests pay standard admission for this program, or enter for free with their CMC Membership. Registration is required.
Sunday August 18 – Register online here.
Sunday October 20 – Registration opens 10/1
Sunday Nov 17 – Registration opens 11/1
Sunday Dec 15 – Registration opens 12/1
The CMC offers resources for visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental, Sensory, and Learning Differences
To help make your visit as enjoyable and engaging as possible, we have partnered with Monarch Center for Autism’s Welcoming Spaces Program to develop customized visual, social, communicative, sensory, and behavioral supports. You will find these supports throughout the museum – from our ticket desk toolkits and call-ahead accommodations, to our sensory friendly room, social narratives, visual schedules, visual/sensory maps, video models, and more. We hope to prepare you before, during and after your visit, so you leave feeling happy, successful, and eager to return.
Get in Touch
We’d love to hear about your visit to the museum, including whether or not our visual/sensory supports enhanced your child’s experience. Please spend a few minutes taking our brief online survey.
Please feel free to contact us at 216-791-7114 or info@CMCleveland.org with any questions, suggestions, or concerns.
Monarch Center for Autism’s Welcoming Spaces Program
These resources were created in partnership with Monarch Center for Autism’s Welcoming Spaces Program. Their professional staff work with families and community-based organizations to:
- Evaluate spaces and make sensory and visual support recommendations
- Design customized sensory rooms
- Develop customized visual, social, communicative, sensory, and behavioral supports
- Assemble personalized “grab-and-go community toolkits”
- Deliver autism-specific sensitivity training to employees
- Develop marketing and communications materials (e.g., web copy, press releases, social media posts) to announce and promote the use of autism-friendly accommodations
- Facilitate “pilot/test visits” for individuals with autism, administer surveys, and track data to demonstrate the benefits of autism-friendly accommodations
For more information, visit monarchcenterforuatism.org or call 216-320-8945.