Sensory Friendly Science Presented by Visions Federal Credit Union
The MOST is a chartered educational institution by the NYS Board of Regents. Our public health policy is the same as schools, as directed by NYS and the Department of Education: Masks are optional for guests and visitors at this time (effective 3.2.22).
We respect the choice of each student, parent and educator to determine what is best for them and their family. Masks will continue to be provided if requested.
MOST staff are required to wear masks.
Purchasing admission tickets in advance is encouraged but not required!
At the MOST, we believe that hands-on STEM learning is for everyone, and we are committed to ensuring that our exhibits, events, and programs are inclusive and accessible for all types of learners.
Sensory Friendly Science is a set of resources, programs, and exhibits designed to support STEM learning for children with sensory processing difficulties, autism, and other developmental disabilities. From hands-on activities for home learning to our award-winning Sensory Friendly Time sessions each month, Sensory Friendly Science is just one way the MOST fulfills its mission of science education for our community.
Sensory Friendly Time
Every Third Saturday of the Month
4:30 – 8:00 PM
Sounds are turned down, air compressors are turned off, and lighting is adjusted to accommodate learners with sensory-processing difficulties. The extended hours also help ensure that wait times and crowd sizes are reduced. Admission is free for members and $5 per person for non-members.
Sensory Friendly Guide to the MOST
Before your visit, this guide can help orient learners who may feel overwhelmed by new and unfamiliar environments. From where to find a quiet space to how to find exhibits that interest you, this guide can help make the MOST a familiar, safe environment to learn.
Sensory Friendly Kits
Free to sign out from the MOST Science Shop during your visit, our Sensory Friendly Kits contain resources for a truly sensory-friendly visit, from fidget toys and stress balls to noise-reducing headphones. (Kits are sanitized between uses.)
Sensory Spacewalk and Family Place
Located in the West Wing of the museum, the Sensory Spacewalk features a sensory pathway with a space travel theme – perfect for working out extra energy and improving gross motor skills and attention! Nearby is also the Family Place, a quiet area for nursing mothers or families who need a moment to reset.
Sensory Friendly at Home
Sensory bins are a great way to learn and discover while also engaging in sensory stimulation, 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 bin, and we’ll continue to add more as we develop them.
Are you the parent, teacher, or guardian of students with developmental disabilities? We’d love your feedback! Reach out to Director of Programming & Education Emily Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, ideas, or other ways the MOST can further its commitment to inclusion and access for all learners.
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