SENSORY FRIENDLY MONDAYS at Kaleideum Downtown are a time for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing differences to have an enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment! At the Museum, learning can be verbal or non-verbal; hands-on or hands-off; fast or slow; social or solitary; loud or quiet; directed or inquiry-based. Sensory Friendly Mondays are offered one day per month, September through May, on Members-only Mondays (9 am–Noon) when Museum attendance is light. You do not need to be a member in order to attend, but admission or membership is required.

Kaleideum Downtown welcomes EC groups on Sensory Friendly Mondays. To book a visit, contact Christy Ferguson, Manager of Museum Scheduling,

2019 Sensory Friendly Mondays: September 16, October 14, November 18, December 9

 2020 Sensory Friendly Mondays: January 13, February 10, March 16, April 20, May 11

SENSORY FRIENDLY NIGHTS are offered throughout the year. Admission is $3/person (+ tax) for members and non-members.

Sensory Friendly Night: Winter Wonderland (Kaleideum North)                                                                                     

Friday, December 20, 5-8 pm  Make and play with insta-snow, explore the exhibits, and join us for a special winter storytime!

Sensory Friendly Night: Bee My Valentine (Kaleideum Downtown)                                                                               

Friday, February 7, 5-8 pm – Make your own insect puppet in The Prop Shop, explore the exhibits and enjoy a special Valentine-themed storytime. 

Social narratives and visual schedules for each campus, written from a child’s perspective, are available for download to help you and your child familiarize yourselves with Kaleideum before your visit.

Kaleideum Downtown has a large, private family restroom on each floor for your comfort and convenience. Sensory Friendly programming modifications at Kaleideum Downtown include choice boards and a designated quiet room.

Watch the video below to learn more about our sensory friendly backpacks, available to borrow at Kaleideum North and Kaleideum Downtown while you explore.

Thanks to ABC of NC for their guidance in developing this program.

For questions or to sign up to receive emails about upcoming sensory friendly programming: contact Kayla Todd, Manager of Guest Engagement –