5 sensory-friendly times at your favorite Chicago museums

When you have a child with special needs, we know it’s not easy sometimes to plan a day out at your favorite Chicago attractions. These museums got you covered with sensory-friendly times every month that your whole family can enjoy. Note: Registration is required and these spaces fill up quickly. Be sure to sign up for them ASAP!

Play for All at Chicago Children’s Museum

Upcoming dates: Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11

Play for All events occur during the second Saturday of every month and guests can access the Chicago Children’s Museum one hour early at 9 a.m. First 250 visitors who register can receive free admission. 

Sensory Saturday at Field Museum

Upcoming dates: Nov. 16

On select Saturdays, the Field Museum welcomes families to enjoy a sensory-friendly hour from 9-10 a.m. at the Crown Family PlayLab. Kids of all ages will have fun exploring with hands-on activities and sensory tools. 

Low-Sensory Early Exploration at MSI

Upcoming dates: Nov. 17

From 8:30-9:30 a.m., families receive free museum entry and a low-sensory experience of Idea Factory, Farm Tech and Circus exhibits. Special events are also offered to explore other exhibits or programs during the morning as well. 

Family Night Out at DuPage Children’s Museum

Upcoming dates: Nov. 17, Dec. 15

Families can enjoy a night out at the DuPage Children’s Museum with a calmer museum experience. Some lighting and sounds are adjusted, while additional sensory activities and tools are provided as well. Admission is free, but registration is required. 

Everyone at Play at Kohl Children’s Museum

Upcoming dates: Nov. 17, Jan. 12, Feb. 16, May 31, June 28

On select Sundays from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Kohl Children’s Museum provides an inclusive environment for families of all abilities. Kids with special needs can explore the museum at ease before it opens to the general public. 


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