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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. 

December 13, 2022

January 10, 2023

February 14, 2023

March 14, 2023

April 11, 2023

May 9, 2023

June 13, 2023

July 11, 2023

August 8, 2023

September 12, 2023

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
  • Social Story – Prepare for your visit by walking through the experience before you get here! View Social Story
  • 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.