Sensory Friendly Evening

Space Center Houston will host its first Sensory Friendly Evening designed specifically for children with sensory sensitivities and their families 5:30-9 p.m. on April 20.

Individuals diagnosed with conditions such as, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder are invited to explore Space Center Houston in a reduced sensory environment.

Explore the center in a sensory supportive setting with modified lightning, music and sound effects. A limited number of tickets are available for this private event to allow visitors to enjoy Space Center Houston without crowds. Space Center Houston’s Zero-G Diner will be open for food purchases.

Visitors can participate in special editions of our Pop-Up Science Labs operated by instructors who are trained to accommodate guests with sensory sensitivities. There also will be a designated quiet room.

Sensory Friendly Evening tickets are $29.95 for adults and $24.95 for children and include a second-day ticket. Second-day tickets allow visitors to return to the center to experience sensory-stimulating attractions such as the simulator rides, films, live shows and the NASA Tram Tour. Second-day tickets are redeemable any operational day within one year of purchase.

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Frequently asked questions:

Open parts of the center during Sensory Friendly Evening:

  • Astronaut Gallery
  • Independence Plaza (shuttle carrier aircraft and shuttle replica), presented by Boeing
  • Spring exhibit Math Moves!, presented by the City of Webster
  • Mission Mars (except for Orion simulator)
  • Pop-Up Science Labs
  • Starship Gallery
  • Zero-G Diner
  • SpaceTrader gift shop

These areas will be closed during Sensory Friendly Evening but can be enjoyed on another day using the second-day ticket included in the Sensory Friendly Evening purchase:

  • Exhibits with extreme volume or other sensory-challenging components
  • Morphis, T-38 flight and Orion simulators
  • Live shows and movies in Destiny Theater, Space Center Theater and the Mission Briefing Center
  • NASA Tram Tours
  • Showtime Pictures souvenir photo experiences

Please see the photo guide and/or spacecenter.org/attractions for more details.

Yes. While we have done everything possible to make this event comfortable and exciting for your child, visitors younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at Space Center Houston.
Zero-G Diner will be open to purchase food and can accommodate many dietary restrictions, such as a gluten allergy; however, you may bring food to this event to be eaten in the Zero-G Diner if you have a dietary restriction.
Yes. We encourage families to enjoy Space Center Houston together. Please consider that the activities are designed for school-aged students.
Second-day tickets are redeemable during regularly scheduled hours within one year of purchase. Find a date and time that works for you and just show up within one year!
Absolutely! This includes, but is not limited to, sound-cancelling headphones, sunglasses, Irlen glasses, pressure suits, favorite toys and blankets. Please note that bags are subject to security search.
The activities are designed for school-aged children and might not be suitable for other ages. However, younger children or adults who love space and might benefit from a low-sensory environment are welcome to attend with a caregiver.