Sensory Friendly Time
Sensory Friendly Time At-Home Learning:
As we adapt our educational programming to accommodate at-home teachers and learners, we maintain our commitment to accessibility and inclusion in STEM education. While we cannot hold our regular monthly Sensory Friendly Time at the museum, we wanted you to let you know of some ways we can support children with sensory-processing difficulties, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, or who require other learning accommodations in their STEM journeys.
STEM Sensory Bins
We at the MOST love sensory bins, and if you can’t visit ours in the Earth Science Cave or STEM Story Time Room, you can easily create one at home! We’ve gathered our suggestions for creating a hands-on sensory bins here, and we’ll continue to add more as we develop them.
Sensory Friendly At-Home Activities
On our growing list of At-Home Learning Resources (updated daily!), we recommend activities with a Sensory-Friendly [SF] tag. This indicates activities that:
Do not involve loud noises or bright lights
Are not timed or can be paused and started up again later
Focus on single-sensory experiences (e.g. touch/feel only, watch/see only)
May provide a consistent structure over multiple hours/days (e.g. daily seed germination check-ins at 10 AM)
We also have the…
Student Science Hotline
Need homework help? Have a burning STEM question? Come up with a great idea for an invention? Tell us about it! Educators at the MOST will read your question and email a reply within 48 business hours.The new Student Science Hotline is free and open to all ages.
Please note: the Student Science Hotline provides encouragement, guidance, and basic science information — not homework answers or formal tutoring. If your student is struggling with science, technology, math, or engineering content, their teachers and school administrators are still your best resource.
And remember! For young children, STEM learning doesn’t have to mean rocket science – it’s about fostering their natural scientific thinking. Ask questions before, during, and after the activities about what they think will happen, what they notice/observe, and what they learned. Encouraging discovery and curiosity are fundamental to the learning process!
In-Museum Programming – Currently Unavailable as we are closed for COVID-19
During Sensory Friendly Time, the Museum turns down the noise, turns off flashing lights, shuts off the air compressors, and turns on the house lights so people with sensory processing challenges can enjoy the MOST. Sensory Friendly kits containing a variety of items are always available to be signed out at the Science Shop during regular museum hours and Sensory Friendly Time.
Admission: Free for members; $5 for nonmembers
- Third Saturday of each month, from 4:30 – 8 PM
- March 21st
- April 18th
- May 16th
- June 20th
- July 18th
- August 15th
- September 19th
- October 17th
- November 21st
- December 19th
Special sensory-friendly tabling activities; museum sounds and lights reduced; sensory kits always available to sign out from Science Shop
For more information, contact MOST Director of Education & Programming, Emily Stewart.
Sensory Friendly Time was recognized with an award from the State of New York in April 2012.
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