For children with sensory issues, such as autism spectrum disorders, coming to the Museum of York County during regular hours may be over-stimulating, causing stress, anxiety or discomfort. In order to provide children with sensory issues a more comfortable environment, the museum is hosting Sensory Saturdays on the first Saturday of July and August at 9 a.m., an hour prior to opening to the general public.
On Sensory Saturdays, families and caregivers are invited to the museum to enjoy a less crowded and reduced sensory environment. We hope this time will allow the entire family to have a positive experience in a safe, judgement-free space.
The entire museum will be open. The Naturalist Center will have five tables designed to gently stimulate the senses. The planetarium will have a special continuous show about stars and galaxies, with the door open, dim lighting, and soft music. A special quiet room will offer a break for those who need it.
There is no pre-registration needed for Sensory Saturdays, but non-members will be charged our regular admission rate; adults are $8, seniors $7, youth ages 4-17 are $5, CHM Members and ages 3 and under are free. A Sensory Story is available upon request.
Museum of York County is located at 4621 Mt. Gallant Road Rock Hill, South Carolina. For more information, please go to www.chmuseums.org or call 803-329-2121.
NASA’s Universe of Learning has provided funds for staff training and supplies for these special mornings. For questions, or to request a Social Story, please contact Carole Holmberg, the Planetarium Manager, at 803-909-7203 or email Cholmberg@chmuseums.org.