Science For All, Sensory Pleasant Night time, Return to Greensboro Science Middle | Coronavirus
GREENSBORO, NC – On Thursday, September 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is hosting the first Sensory Friendly Night in 2021, part of the organization’s Science for All initiative, inclusive of development GSC experiences for all guests. This after-hour event is specially designed for guests with sensory challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or PTSD and their families.
Martha Regester, VP of Education, said, “We know our zoo, aquarium and museum can be a little overwhelming on a busy day. Sensory Friendly Nights are opportunities to relax and enjoy the fall after work, when the galleries are quieter and the zoo is cooler. It is our chance to support diverse learning strategies and we hope families will take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience Greensboro Science Center in a whole new way. “
Sensory Friendly Night tickets are $ 5 per person for guests ages 3 and up. Children 2 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased on the evening of the event at the entrance window of the GSC. The tickets include admission to the GSC’s museum and aquarium with special relaxation and activity zones, games and sensory backpacks that can be borrowed. Parts of the zoo will be open until 7:00 p.m., although many animals may already be in their rest areas and not be available for viewing.
Guests are encouraged to visit the GSC website at greensboroscience.org and on the Visit page click Know Before You Go for a link to our Accessible website contains materials to help guests prepare for the evening’s activities. Downloadable resources include a map that highlights exhibition and activity locations, as well as locations with sensory extremes such as loud noises, unusual smells, and bright or dark lighting. A printable photo board showing the evening activities is also available so guests can create their own schedule prior to arrival. Social narration is available to prepare guests for what to expect during their visit.
Additional Sensory Friendly Nights will take place on Thursday, September 23rd and Tuesday, October 12th, 2021. These events are made possible by the Lincoln Financial Foundation. Special thanks to the Autism Society of North Carolina and Autism Unbound for supporting this program.
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Via the Greensboro Science Center
A premier family attraction in North Carolina, Greensboro Science Center features the state’s first accredited inland aquarium, a hands-on science museum, an accredited Animal Discovery Zoological Park, a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Theater, and SKYWILD, an animal-inspired treetop adventure park. The GSC is also NC’s only double-accredited Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and American Alliance of Museums (AAM) science attraction – an honor only 14 attractions in the nation can claim. The Greensboro Science Center, located at 4301 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro, is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.greensboroscience.org.