Sensory Friendly Events

In accordance with state, local and CDC guidelines and for the health and safety of everyone, guests ages two and older and employees are required to wear face coverings. We understand how this can be very challenging for some individuals with sensory sensitivities. If you are unable to wear a face covering, we ask that you visit Space Center Houston when face coverings are no longer recommended by the CDC. Please review our Know Before You Go Guide and Stellar Discovery Guide to help plan your visit. For more information, please contact

Space Center Houston invites people of all ages diagnosed with conditions such as, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder, to explore science and space exploration in a reduced sensory environment.

Sensory Friendly Events, presented by United Airlines, provides a sensory-supportive setting including modified lighting, music and sound effects. The number of tickets are limited for this exclusive event to allow visitors to enjoy Space Center Houston in a sensory friendly atmosphere without large crowds.

2021 Sensory Friendly Events schedule

  • March 6
    • 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • June 25
    • 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 21
    • 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 4
    • 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Visitors can participate in special educational activities operated by instructors who are trained to accommodate guests with sensory sensitivities. There also will be a designated quiet room.

To accommodate more families, we offer Sensory Friendly Event tickets at the special lower price of $15.95 and children three years and younger get in free.

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Frequently asked questions

Guests at Sensory Friendly Events will enjoy:

  • Astronaut Gallery
  • Independence Plaza (shuttle carrier aircraft and shuttle replica), presented by Boeing
  • Mission Mars (except for Orion simulator)
  • Experiential educational activities
  • Starship Gallery

These areas will be closed during Sensory Friendly Events:

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

Activities subject to change:

  • NASA Tram Tour
  • Seasonal traveling exhibit
  • SpaceTrader gift shop
  • The Food Lab
  • Space Center Theater

Please see the photo guide and/or 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.
You may bring food to this event to be eaten in The Food Lab 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.
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 experiential educational activities are designed for school-aged children and might not be suitable for other ages. Younger children or adults who love space and might benefit from a low-sensory environment are welcome to attend with a caregiver.


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