Sensory Friendly Events, presented by THINK Neurology for Kids

Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidelines and announced that people without preexisting conditions in communities classified as medium or low risk do not need to wear masks or practice physical distancing in most indoor and outdoor settings. As a result, effective Monday, March 7, Space Center Houston strongly encourages all guests to wear a face mask during their visit, but masks are not required in our facility. Please review our Know Before You Go Guide and Stellar Discovery Guide to help plan your visit. For more information, please contact accessibility@spacecenter.org.

Space Center Houston invites people of all ages diagnosed with 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, presented by THINK Neurology for Kids, 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.

2022 Sensory Friendly Events schedule

  • Feb. 19
    • 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • April 2
    • 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Sept. 23
    • 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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, supported by THINK Neurology for Kids.

To accommodate more families, we offer Sensory Friendly Event tickets at the special lower price of $15.95 and children three years and younger get in free. Did you know members receive free admission to Sensory Friendly Events? Join today!

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Frequently asked questions

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 shows and movies in Destiny Theater and the Mission Briefing Center
  • Showtime Pictures 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 spacecenter.org/exhibits 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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