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Sensory Friendly Events

An accessible experience tailored for all ages and a range of sensory needs

Space Center Houston invites people of all ages who experience conditions such as, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder, to explore science and space exploration in a reduced sensory environment.

Sensory Friendly Events provide a sensory-supportive setting including modified lighting, music and sound effects. The number of tickets is limited for these exclusive events to allow visitors to enjoy Space Center Houston in a sensory friendly atmosphere without large crowds.

Visitors can participate in special educational activities operated by instructors who are trained to accommodate guests with sensory sensitivities. There also will be a designated quiet room for guests.


To accommodate more families, admission is set at the special lower price of $15.95 and children three years and younger get in free. Members receive free admission to Sensory Friendly Events. Not yet a Space Center Houston member? Become a member now and receive discounts on tickets to special events, free general admission and more.

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Upcoming Sensory Friendly Days

Note: Schedule subject to change. Registration opens one month prior to the event.

Sensory Friendly Event | August 2024

Friday, August 30, 2024
6:00 pm
–9:00 pm
*Requires Registration

Sensory Friendly Event | September 2024

Saturday, September 28, 2024
8:00 am
–10:00 am
*Requires Registration

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Guests at Sensory Friendly Events will enjoy:

  • Astronaut Gallery
  • Independence Plaza (shuttle carrier aircraft and shuttle replica), presented by Boeing
  • Mission Mars (except for Orion simulator)
  • Experiential educational activities
  • Starship Gallery

These areas will be closed during Sensory Friendly Events:

  • Exhibits with extreme volume or other sensory-challenging components
  • Morphis, T-38 and Orion flight simulators
  • Live presentations and films in Destiny Theater and the Mission Briefing Center
  • Souvenir photo experiences

Activities subject to change:

  • NASA Tram Tour
  • Seasonal traveling exhibit
  • SpaceTrader gift shop
  • The Food Lab
  • Space Center Theater

Please see the photo guide and/or for more details.

Yes. While we have done everything possible to make this event comfortable and exciting for your child, visitors younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at Space Center Houston.
You may bring food to this event to be eaten in The Food Lab if you have a dietary restriction.

Yes. We encourage families to enjoy Space Center Houston together. Please consider that the activities are designed for school-aged students.

Absolutely! This includes, but is not limited to, sound-cancelling headphones, sunglasses, Irlen glasses, pressure suits, favorite toys and blankets. Please note that bags are subject to security search.

The experiential educational activities are designed for school-aged children and might not be suitable for other ages. Younger children or adults who love space and might benefit from a low-sensory environment are welcome to attend with a caregiver.

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