Sensory-Friendly Hours

Sensory-Friendly Hours provide a quieter, less crowded SCI experience for families with children on the autism spectrum.

The Science Center of Iowa is an exciting place, bustling with sights and sounds... but we provide a quieter, less crowded experience.

Families with children on the autism spectrum or children with sensory processing disorders will enjoy exploring the Science Center of Iowa with the help of Sensory Guide signage, which indicates audio, visual and activity stimuli.

Sensory-Friendly Hours are currently planned for the second Tuesday of each month from 4-7 p.m.!

Admission is free. Advanced ticket registration is required. 

Other Sensory Resources:

  • Sensory Guide – This guide features coded maps, which indicate audio, visual and tactile stimuli in each space throughout the building. View Sensory Guide
  • Sensory Backpacks – Available for checkout at the SCI Box Office, these backpacks are filled with tools to help you tailor your experience, including noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses, weighted stuffed animals and fidget materials.

These materials are also available during regular operating hours.

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