Sensory Friendly Events

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.

Event schedule

  • Sept. 22, 2018
    • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 8, 2018
    • 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Supported by United Airlines, this sensory-supportive setting will include modified lighting, music and sound effects. The number of tickets are limited for this exclusive event 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.

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.

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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.

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
  • Zero-G Diner

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, Space Center Theater and the Mission Briefing Center
  • Showtime Pictures souvenir photo experiences

Activities subject to change:

  • NASA Tram Tour
  • Seasonal traveling exhibit
  • SpaceTrader gift shop

Please see the photo guide and/or spacecenter.org/attractions 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; 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 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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