Sensory Friendly Evening

Sensory Friendly Evening debuted in 2017 as part of our efforts to be more accessible. It invites people diagnosed with conditions such as, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder, to explore Space Center Houston in a reduced sensory environment.

Explore the center in a sensory-supportive setting with modified lighting, music and sound effects. A limited number of tickets are available for this private event to allow visitors to enjoy Space Center Houston without crowds.

Space Center Houston’s Zero-G Diner will be open for food purchases and can accommodate many dietary restrictions such as gluten, egg, dairy and nut allergies. Visitors with dietary restrictions may bring food into Zero-G Diner.

Visitors can participate in special editions of our Pop-Up Science Labs operated by instructors who are trained to accommodate guests with sensory sensitivities. There also will be a designated quiet room.

To accommodate more families, Sensory Friendly Evening tickets are now offered at the special lower price of $15.95. Children 3 years and younger receive free admission.

Frequently asked questions:

Open parts of the center during Sensory Friendly Evening:

  • Astronaut Gallery
  • Independence Plaza (shuttle carrier aircraft and shuttle replica), presented by Boeing
  • Mission Mars (except for Orion simulator)
  • Pop-Up Science Labs
  • Starship Gallery
  • Zero-G Diner
  • SpaceTrader gift shop

These areas will be closed during Sensory Friendly Evening:

  • Exhibits with extreme volume or other sensory-challenging components
  • Morphis, T-38 flight and Orion simulators
  • Live shows and movies in Destiny Theater, Space Center Theater and the Mission Briefing Center
  • NASA Tram Tours
  • Showtime Pictures souvenir photo experiences

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.
Zero-G Diner will be open to purchase food and can accommodate many dietary restrictions, such as a gluten allergy; however, you may bring food to this event to be eaten in the Zero-G Diner 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 Pop-Up Science Labs are designed for school-aged children and might not be suitable for other ages. However, younger children or adults who love space and might benefit from a low-sensory environment are welcome to attend with a caregiver.