Sensory-friendly Saturdays

Celebrating neurodiversity in our community

The Ontario Science Centre has partnered with Geneva Centre for Autism to offer sensory-friendly events and programming the first Saturday of every month.

While our doors remain closed, we’re offering Sensory-friendly Saturdays virtually! Join us for free, educational and engaging online workshops that are open to and appropriate for all ages and abilities.

Each 45-minute workshop includes:

  • Hands-on activity (materials and instructions provided in advance)
  • Presentation with practical tips and strategies for parents and caregivers
  • Live, post-presentation discussion led by Geneva Centre for Autism

Workshops are free, but preregistration is required and spaces are limited. Be the first to know about our monthly sensory-friendly programming by signing up for our newsletter.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the live event. We’ll share recorded versions of virtual Sensory-friendly Saturdays on this page.

Toilet Training

Saturday, December 5
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Toilet training can be a challenging journey for most children (and their caregivers!). Learn strategies to make toilet training easier—from recognizing signs of readiness to preparing your child to dealing with setbacks. Discover tips and tricks to make toilet training your child a success.

Make play dough you can pull, squeeze, twist and poke! Measure, mix and knead your ingredients for multi-sensory play.

Community Supports

Saturday, November 7

Caring for a child with autism presents daily challenges and stresses that can affect a caregiver’s overall well-being. Respite care is a valuable tool that benefits both the caregiver and their loved ones. Learn about the importance of respite, and find out about different options and resources to meet your family’s needs from

Create colourful leaf art! Collect as many different types of leaves as you can for this leaf rubbing activity. How many trees can you identify by their leaves?

Positive Parenting

Saturday, October 3

Discover the benefits and practices of positive parenting! The most common parenting challenges are compounded for parents of children with special needs. Learn strategies for consistently parenting your child with mindfulness, compassion and care to best support their learning and development.

It’s a liquid. No, it’s a solid. Wait… it’s both?!? Make Oobleck, and learn about the properties of this non-Newtonian substance. Stir it, squeeze it and jab it, and discover what happens.

Building Independence

Saturday, September 12

Independence is a step-by-step process. Find out how to help your child gradually build their independence in different areas—from self-care to leisure activities—and get tips for reinforcing independent behaviour.

Blow big, beautiful bubbles using our famous KidSpark bubble recipe! Plus, learn how to turn household items like spatulas, string, straws and even socks into bubble wands.

Back to School Strategies

Saturday, August 1

September is just around the corner. Going back to school means changing routines, which can be stressful and anxiety-inducing for children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Discover different tried, tested and true strategies to help prepare for the new school year, making the transition from summer to school smooth and successful.

Feathers and sparkles and beads—oh my! Upcycle household materials to create a colourful carnival headpiece. Then turn up the soca and parade proudly in your creation.

Building Routines

Saturday, July 4

An established routine is important for kids, especially those who have ASD. Get practical tips for building and sticking to a realistic routine—from planning to reinforcing to practicing.

Make a squishy, sensory stress ball using balloons and flour to relieve stress and anxiety. Experiment with other textures to create your ideal sensory experience.