Beyond Limits: Sensory Friendly Program

Beyond Limits: Sensory Friendly Program

Beyond Limits: exclusive hours for an inclusive environment!

Your child's curiosity knows no bounds and there are no limits to what they can do. The DoSeum Beyond Limits is our revitalized program created to meet the needs of all of San Antonio's children, no matter how big or how small those needs may be. At The DoSeum Beyond Limits, we create a peaceful environment of inclusivity that supports children of all needs—providing a spectrum of possibilities as diverse and vibrant as the children we serve.

Take a break from the chaos of everyday life and enjoy an afternoon of quality time with new opportunities and accommodations specialized to support your family's needs. It is our mission to serve as a place where every child can play & learn—empowering them to excel beyond the ordinary and achieve the extraordinary.

With the support of our community partners, we provide a supportive space, specialized staff, and inclusive opportunities to engage and support your learner. We currently provide the accommodations below and are constantly looking for ways to expand our support!

  • Smaller, controlled crowds to create a calm, uncrowded environment ideal for families in need of accommodations for high sensitivity to sensory stimuli, limited mobility, and generally in need of a calmer, quieter space.

  • Accommodating accessories of your choice to make your experience suit your needs. Sunglasses, headphones, and earplugs are all available at the front desk, free of charge.

  • Assistive signage to help guide your family towards learning environments that best suit your needs—marking high sensory, low sensory, calming, and tactile areas.

  • Exhibit modifications to create calmer environments for families with high-sensitivities to stimuli, including decreased noise, soothing light changes, and more.

  • Specialized staff to support your family's learning and play needs; staff are specially trained through consultation with community partners by Any Baby Can and the Region 20 Special Education Department.

  • Customized creative activities, created in collaboration with Artful Start and our Art Education Director, will provide tactile art experiences to engage your learner's creativity in comfortable, supportive ways.


2022 BEYOND LIMITS EVENTS

Spring Sunsation - Cancelled

April 13 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Let's celebrate spring at The DoSeum in a specially created, inclusive environment! The DoSeum Beyond Limits program will explore the beauty of spring for a sensory-friendly exploration of Mother Nature! Get ready for a fun but peaceful environment of inclusivity that supports explorers of all needs, no matter how big or small those needs may be.
It is our mission to provide a place where every child can play & learn—empowering them to excel beyond the ordinary and achieve the sunsational!

Cost: Pre-registration - $7 | At Door - $14

Fourth of July

July 3rd | 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

The July 4th Beyond Limits will be bursting with sensory-friendly activities and performances! Kids can paint their own firework display and experience a magic trick inside their favorite DoSeum exhibit from a traveling magician. Community partners will also provide resources and information for your family.

 

Cost: Pre-registration - $7 | At Door - $14

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Spooktacular

October 26th | 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

We've created spooktacular Halloween hours for an inclusive environment! The DoSeum Beyond Limits program has been taken over by witches, ghosts, and goblins for a sensory-friendly Halloween extravaganza! Get ready for a spooky but peaceful environment of inclusivity that supports trick-or-treaters of all needs, no matter how big or small those needs may be. Take a break from the chaos of your typical Halloween and enjoy an evening of trick-or-treating, activities, and play. It is our mission to provide a place where every child can play & learn—empowering them to excel beyond the ordinary and achieve the spooktacular!

 

Cost: Pre-registration - $7 | At Door - $14

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Trains, Treats, & Tinsel

December 14th | 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

All aboard! Let's roll into the holiday season with a special, sensory-friendly evening. Our winter-themed Beyond Limits program will celebrate the seasons with activities located throughout The DoSeum. From sock-skating to making snow, it'll be the coolest event in town. It is our mission to provide a place where every child can play & learn—empowering them to excel beyond the ordinary and achieve the spectacular!

 

Cost: Pre-registration - $7 | At Door - $14

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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR VISIT

Want to know what to expect during your visit? Please see some changes we've made to The DoSeum and review our social narrative and sensory map.

View SOCIAL NARRATIVE View Sensory map
 

Get a look at our museum modifications

THE PERFECT AUDIO AND OCULAR ACCESSORIES

While many families bring their own sunglasses and earplugs, we are happy to provide them as well. At the front desk, parents can grab sunglasses and earplugs for their kiddos. For some children, some sound and light effects can be highly uncomfortable and too harsh. Sunglasses and earplugs make touring The DoSeum more comfortable!

SUPER SIGNAGE

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.

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!

EXHIBIT ADJUSTMENTS

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.

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.

All of the modifications for our Beyond Limits Program 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. 


Beyond limits in the news with KENS 5