2018 Especially for Me Dates: Discovery Museum

The Discovery Museum has announced their 2018 Especially for Me dates. The series is for families with children with an autism spectrum disorder and/or with hearing or vision loss. The events will take place in the Discovery Museum’s new unified and fully-accessible museum building.

Since admission is free, families may come and go based on their child’s needs without concern for cost. Parents also have the chance to meet other families in similar circumstances.

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Renovated Museum

The expanded and completely renovated Discovery Museum has twice the exhibit space of the original museum. It includes significant new galleries for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) experiences including water; air; tinkering, design, and engineering; early brain development; math; light and color; and sound. It also includes reimagined visitor favorites from the original buildings including a Diner, Train Room, and Ship Room. It also has other beloved exhibit components such as a giant amethyst and radar magnet.

ADA Compliant Museum

The new building is ADA-compliant. In combination with the museum’s Discovery Woods outdoor nature playscape and treehouse, the entire campus is now accessible.

Special resources appropriate to each event are provided. These may include noise-reducing headphones, audio-description devices, sensory-based programming, or American Sign Language (ASL) language facilitators. Additionally, food including gluten-free options is provided for all evening events.

Trained Staff

The museum works with various local organizations to serve Especially for Me audiences, provide trainings for museum staff on topics of inclusion, and provide on-site resources as needed. These include the Boston Children’s Hospital Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program, Autism Alliance of MetroWest, Perkins School for the Blind, and Massachusetts Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired. This year, the museum has partnered with The Learning Center for the Deaf’s Center for Research and Training and Unstoppable Design Studio. These groups will provide staff trainings and programs related to accessible making and tinkering.

Free Events but Register!

All Especially for Me events are free to attend, but preregistration is required. Dates and registration links can be found online at http://bit.ly/EspeciallyforMe.

Free 2018 Especially for Me Dates and Schedule

Sensory-Friendly Afternoons (during public hours, but no school groups or birthday parties will be scheduled at this time) are on the following Tuesdays, 1:30 – 4:30pm: January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, October 2, November 6, and December 4.

Autism-Friendly Evenings (closed to the public) are on the following evenings, 5:00 – 8:00pm: March 10, April 7, May 19, July 14, August 11, October 6, and November 17.

Evenings for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & KODA Children (closed to the public) are on the following evenings, 5:00 – 8:00pm: March 24, April 28, July 28, and October 13.

Mornings for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & KODA Infants and Toddlers (closed to the public) will take place 9:30am – 12:30pm on Monday, April 2 and Monday, October 1.

Visually Impaired Family Evenings (closed to the public) will take place 5:00 – 8:00pm on Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, November 3.


Metrowest Mamas does its best to make the event information listed as accurate as possible, but event and venue information is subject to change without notice, and Metrowest Mamas is not responsible for erroneous information or the reliance upon it. Always call your destinations ahead of time to confirm dates, times, locations and admission fees.

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