a place for all
Every child should experience the power of play, which is why we provide tools and modify the Museum to create the best experience for all children, no matter their need or disability. Free sensory kits are available at the welcome desk that include noise-canceling headphones and different fidgets. Just give the staff member your ID for the bag, and trade it back when you leave.
If a child needs a quieter spot, our Grow Zone is available for a peaceful space. The mother’s room on the main floor is also great with dimmable lights and sound machines. If these are occupied, a staff member will be happy to help you find another place. For a more focused activity, our Tinker Theater provides guided demonstrations on the upper level next to the airplane.
adventures for the immunocompromised
Twice a year the Museum is open for our Adventures for the Immunocompromised event. All children deserve the chance to play in a safe, friendly environment with their parents, siblings and other children. This is a free and exclusive event, supported in part by the May L Flanagan Foundation, developed to serve families with a family member whose health has been compromised by a medical condition, specialized surgical procedures or medical treatments, that otherwise prevents them from playing together in our facility. This special event is closed to the general public.
A social story is a tool that can help a child know what to expect in a new situation. This story, comprised of narrative text and photos, can help your child prepare for an upcoming visit to the Museum. Share this story with your child once, or many times, before your next visit. Use the whole story, or select portions of the story related to specific exhibits. Use this tool flexibly in a way that works best for your child.
Our custom-curated social story wouldn’t be possible without the help of Cris at Sassy Mama for Autism, and several bighearted students and faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!
“We chose to tackle this project because we are all professionals and community members interested in the success and inclusion of children with ASD in all of the neat things Lincoln has to offer. We knew that a tool such as a social story would make the museum much more accessible to a group of people who would really enjoy it but might struggle if they did not know what to expect on their visit. We consider this a win-win situation. Individuals with ASD will have more access to the museum, and other visitors will have a chance to interact with those individuals; they can experience and enjoy the museum together!”
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