KIDS SPOTS

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Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Notable sensory-friendly features

Pre-visit preparation materials (Museum Stories)

Access to Science Days (once per month)

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Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ 08103

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Noise reduction headphones available for free

  • Weighted blankets available

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AMC Theaters

Various locations

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Sensory Friendly Film Program

    • Lights turned up

    • Sound turned down

    • Open to people getting up, vocalizing, etc.

    • Available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly)  Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes.

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BOUNCEU

882 Springdale Dr, Exton, PA 19341

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Sensory Bounce is a program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), and other disabilities with a sensory component, and their families.

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Brandywine River Museum of Art

1 Hoffmans Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Families with members on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders may check out a free pack to use during visits to Brandywine. Created in conjunction with occupational therapists and local families, these packs are designed to create a welcoming experience and contain social stories, fidgets, noise-cancelling headphones, and activity suggestions.

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Dorney Park

3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, PA 18104

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • A Multi-Sensory & Calming Room is located in the Family Care Center for those guests with sensory processing concerns. This dedicated space provides tools for family members or care-givers to intensify or reduce sensory stimulation in a controlled environment.

  • Barriers: Dorney Park is generally an overwhelming sensory environment, with loud noises, bright lights, and unexpected sensory experiences.

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Elmwood Park Zoo

3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, PA 18104

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Certified Autism Center

  • Ability to attend before general public or after hours

  • Sensory backpacks with noise cancelling headphones, fidget toys, a stress ball, thinking putty and laminated copies of EPZ’s Social Story, sensory map, and sensory guide.

  • Dedicated quiet space

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Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Sensory Alert Map

  • Sensory backpacks with noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses, fidgets, and weighted toys to help reduce sensory stimulation while exploring exhibits

  • Return visit vouchers if you must leave before 30 min after arriving

  • Sensory Friendly Sunday events

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Hershey Park

100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA 17033

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • There are several quiet locations available to guests throughout Hersheypark that provide both privacy and relief from sensory stimulation.

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Kimmel Center

300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Sensory Friendly Performances. Typically, the features of SF performances include; house lighting kept at mid-level, house doors remain open, and a cool-down space for stimulated guests. During the performance, guests are free to move, vocalize and be who they are.

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Legoland Discovery Center

500 W Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Staff training by The Ruttenberg® Autism Center

  • Reduction of sound and light levels in certain areas

  • Quiet spaces

  • A reduced Center capacity

  • Social Stories created by The Ruttenberg® Autism Center are available below and will be available onsite

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Lincoln Financial Field

1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Sensory Room

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Museum of American Revolution

101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Certified Autism Center (IBCCS).

  • Sensory Guide

  • Noise reducing headphones, available at the Reception Desk and the Battle of Brandywine Theater.

  • The Museum also offers a quiet room giving guests the opportunity to play the Museum’s signature films in a small, private setting.

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National Constitution Center

525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Select Sensory Friendly Sundays

  • Pre-visit guides

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Please Touch Museum

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Play Without Boundaries events provide a relaxed environment for individuals with autism, learning differences, and other sensory or communication needs.

    • The museum is closed to the general public and has fewer visitors

    • Low-level lighting and a quieter museum experience

    • Tools to enhance your visit, including Social Stories & Quiet Zones

    • Programming with educators who have received autism sensitivity training

    • Community partners with resources for families and individuals with autism

    • Relaxed Performances in the Please Touch Playhouse

  • On a typical day, the museum offers: 

    • Quiet kits (noise canceling headphones, coloring, fidgets)​

    • Sensory guide to prepare for your visit 

    • Social stories for temporary exhibits

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Philadelphia Free Libraries

Various locations throughout Philadelphi

Various locations throughout Philadelphia

  • Exclusive events for those with sensory differences

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • PMAforAll App to help prepare

  • Sensory kits with noise-reducing headphones, fidgets, and other tools

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Philadelphia Orchestra

1 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Relaxed Sensory Performance

  • Pre-visit stories

  • Trained staff, ushers, musicians, and volunteers 

  • A quiet space outside of the ballroom with bean bag chairs where children may take a break from sensory stimuli.

  • Fidget toys and sensory stress toys.

  • Flexible refund policy

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Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • KidZooU designated quiet area 

  • Map of quiet areas around the zoo

  • Social stories to prepare for your visit

  • KidZooU visual schedule

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Sesame Place

1 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Certified Staff

  • IBCCES Sensory Guide

  • Designated quiet spaces

  • Noise cancelling headphones

  • Low sensory areas

  • Low sensory parade viewing

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Sky Zone

Various locations

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Sensory hours jump time

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Wells Fargo Center

3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Notable sensory-friendly features

  • Special sensory kits, including noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads for guests