Join the Museum of Life and Science and the UNC Chapel Hill TEACCH Autism Program as we celebrate National Autism Awareness Day. The Museum will open early—exclusively for families with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Enjoy all indoor and outdoor exhibits in a relaxed, sensory friendly atmosphere. Cool-down areas and materials, as well as visual supports, will be available during your Museum exploration. Special programs and exhibits will invite everyone to learn more about living with ASD. The Museum will open at noon for all visitors, but remain sensory friendly until closing.
- Members: Free admission up to the level of your membership.
- Non-members: $10 per person between 10am-12pm.
- Regular admission rates apply after 12pm.
- Train tickets ($3 per member; $4 per non-member).
THINGS TO KNOW:
- The popular Ellerbe Creek Railway will offer sensory friendly train rides throughout the day.
- Hands-on demonstrations in The Lab and local organizations onsite with resources for ASD.
- The Terrace Gallery (second floor) will host an exhibition of artwork created by local artists with ASD.
Time to Relax! (10am-12pm)
Visitors with autism and their families will participate in trying out various relaxation strategies including deep breathing, listening to music, muscle relaxation, drawing, and more! Participants will learn the benefits of relaxation and how to set up a “chill out spot” at home. Guests will also take data on which relaxation is most preferred.
Understanding Friends (12pm – 5pm)
What makes us different? What makes us the same? Participants will learn more about learning differences through hands on activities that simulate what it might be like if one experienced the world differently. A storybook on autism will be read, and tips on how to be a good friend to someone with autism spectrum disorder will be discussed.