Museums and fun centers in Central Florida can be loud, overwhelming, and overstimulating. This may prevent you from going somewhere you otherwise might enjoy. Many places cater to being all-inclusive or offer special days known as ‘Sensory Sundays’ to create an accessible environment. This makes it possible for anyone with hypersensitivities to have a great time while staying comfortable.
WonderWorks hosts Sensory Day for kids and adults who may feel more comfortable with limited stimulation on one Sunday a month. Music is lowered, and loud exhibits and the inversive tunnel are closed. Tickets on Sensory Days are only $15 and are held from 9 a.m. to noon!
Sensory Sundays can be found at the Crayola Experience by looking at their calendar. Crayola offers less stimulation by having no music, dimmed lights, and a quiet room in case there is a need for a cool-off period.
The Orlando Repertory Theatre offers sensory-friendly performances of select shows. Accommodations include lowered sound, dimmed lights and limited light effects, and volunteer helpers in the theatre. Further accommodations based on individual needs include using stim toys and noise-canceling ear muffs. There is also an option of a quiet room. Theatre-goers may also get up and leave anytime during the show as needed.
Chuck E. Cheese prides itself on supporting families with children with autism or special needs. The establishment opens two hours early on the first Sunday of the month at select locations. Benefits of coming include dimmed lights, shows and music turned off, and an overall quieter environment with less crowding. All ages are welcome, as well as any siblings, with no admission fees!
The Orange County Regional History Center partners with the Autism Society of Greater Orlando for an occasional Sensory Sunday. Sensory-friendly play and activities are always included. Events occur from noon to 4 p.m., with free admission for ASGO members.
While Discovery Cove does not have a specific Sensory Sunday, the entire park is deemed accessible and labeled as a Certified Autism Center with a certified staff trained in motor skills, sensory awareness, social skills, and emotional awareness.