- Autism Resources
- Camps and/or Summer Programs
- Recreation Programs
Creative Discovery Museum understands the importance of creative, hands-on, play activities for healthy development and strive to create an inclusive environment for all guests. Accommodations are provided at the Museum so that all children will have equal opportunities to play and explore. Listed below are some of the accommodations provided at the Museum.
Museum Preparation Stories: Help children who have difficulties with transitions and negative behaviors in community settings better prepare for their visit. These stories describe what will be seen and what to expect when going through the Museum and will also provide children with appropriate responses to the sensory input.
Headphones: To help with auditory sensitivities, headphones are available for check-out in the Make It exhibit and can be used throughout the entire museum visit.
Quiet Space: Discovery Library, located on the second floor in the museum, is a quiet space where children can go if they become overwhelmed by sensory input in the Museum.
Sensory Nights: Provide a low-sensory evening at the Museum for individuals with sensory sensitivities. These nights are FREE once a month from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Club Discovery: "Club D" is an inclusive after-school program designed to provide a framework for children with and without special needs to investigate their world in a safe environment. During Club D, children learn as they practice building friendships, building good food, building strong bodies and building relationships with animals. Life skills are practiced in a community setting as children sing together, move together, play games together, and cook together.
Friends Discovery Camp: Provides a fun opportunity for children of all abilities to participate in an inclusive summer camp. This camp is specifically designed with the needs of children with special needs in mind but is available for all children ages 5-14. Campers will have “Big Buddies,” who have completed a training course to prepare for camp counseling, to play and explore with them throughout their camp experience. Campers explore the Museum, make snacks, play in the water, and complete other activities during this experience. They also participate in at least two off-site adventures.
Serves all ages; eligibility criteria may vary based on program
Mon - Sun, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Fee and Payment Methods
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