Sensory Friendly Hours at The DoSeum
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Join us for Sensory Friendly Hours at The DoSeum. During this time, we adjust our galleries to offer sensory modifications, including dimmed lights, lower volumes, and smaller crowds in the museum. Upcoming Sensory Friendly hours will be offered on the following dates:
- April 12, 2017: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- July 12, 2017: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- September 20, 2017: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
What they are: They are exclusive hours when children who benefit from sensory modifications can come to the DoSeum without some of the noises, effects, and crowding that hinder their ability to engage with and learn from all of our fun exhibits.
Who they serve: They are for any child in need of, or who could benefit from, sensory modifications.
Why they’re important: At the DoSeum, we believe in creating an environment that is inclusive and supportive of all San Antonio’s children. We want to create a time and space where children in need of modifications can play and learn comfortably.
Get a look at our museum modifications
The perfect audio and ocular accessories!
For some children, some sound and light effects can be highly uncomfortable and too harsh. At the front desk, parents can grab sunglasses and earplugs for their kiddos to make their experience more comfortable.
Throughout all indoor and outdoor exhibits, extra signage is placed to warn parents and kiddos of high sensory areas, guide them to low sensory areas, and provide specify cautions or instructions signage for specific exhibit stations.
For example, Big Wind has signage warning about the high intensity, and extra headphones are available to make it more enjoyable! Thanks to Any Baby Can for co-creating signage with us!
We have printed sensory maps that allow any children with visual impairments to be able to navigate their way through The DoSeum. These maps are created using our very own 3D printer and can be adjusted to fit any child’s needs.
If your child primarily communicates through American Sign Language, we have interpreters who will be able to answer questions, give short tours, and converse with your child about the museum.
Calm Down Areas
Certain parts of The DoSeum will be designated as Calm Down Areas, where children who need a few moments of peace, quiet, and dimmed lights can calm down before continuing their play. We will have calm down bottles, soothing art activities, and educators who can lead breathing activities.
Depending on the exhibit, small or large adjustments are made to make them more enjoyable. Volume is decreased throughout all exhibits, flashing lights are dimmed, and certain materials are removed or replaced.
For example, in Imagine It! The floor setting is set to “Under the Sea”, with lights in tones of blue and peaceful ocean noises like waves and whales.
These and all of the modifications for our Sensory Friendly Hours make the DoSeum an awesome place for all children in need of modifications. And a big shout out to all of our partners who consulted with us as we developed this program. For more information about our Sensory Friendly Hours, make sure to check our website under “Programs” and keep in touch on our Facebook.