Toronto is starting to reopen its doors, and we can’t wait to welcome you back. But it’s going to take us a little longer due to our interactive, high-touch exhibits. We’re working on a comprehensive plan to make sure it’s safe when we open our doors again–so thank you for your patience. As soon as we have more details, we’ll share.

Sensory-friendly Saturdays 

Offered the first Saturday of every month
3–7 p.m.

Come celebrate neurodiversity!

The Ontario Science Centre is partnering up with Geneva Centre for Autism and others to offer sensory-friendly events and programming.

With a variety of communities in mind, Sensory-friendly Saturdays were developed to provide an environment that is inclusive, accessible and respectful. Open to everyone, the programming is appropriate for all ages and abilities.

Dates in 2020:

February 1 / March 7 / April 4 / May 2 / June 6 / July 4 / August 1 / September 5 / October 3 / November 7 / December 5 

Social Story

On these Saturdays—and for any other visit from now on—you get a chance to walk in your own shoes in advance. Prepare for your visit with this social story (available for download here).


Programs are included in the regular price of admission or with an Ontario Science Centre membership.

Sensory-friendly programming is suitable for all ages.

Sensory-friendly IMAX® Film Screening | 3 p.m.

One film on Sensory-friendly Saturdays is presented in a lights-up, sound-down environment. Theatre doors remain open. Run time is 50 minutes.

Upcoming films:

Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre, Level 1
All films are $9 per person. Member discounts apply.

Animal Meet-and-Greet | 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Learn about the Science Centre’s very own behind-the-scenes animal friends and meet a few of them face-to-face.

Check on-site signage for the location.

Planetarium Open House | Between 4 and 6 p.m.

Starry-eyed for outer space? Enjoy the open house format of The Planetarium with low-level lighting and an interactive hosted experience.

The Planetarium, Space Hall, Level 4

Special Programs | 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a hands-on activity related to the theme of the month. Each activity will be accessible for all ages and abilities.

Upcoming themes:

  • March 7 — Cold

Check on-site signage for the location.


ParentSpark | Between 4 and 5 p.m.

Want to get more out of a KidSpark visit? Here’s a great option if you’re waiting for the Family Workshops to begin! Explore KidSpark in a whole new light with staff from the Geneva Centre for Autism, who will available on-site to help support your self-directed learning. Look for the folks in red lab coats.  


Level 4

Family Workshops | 5–6 p.m.

Enjoy small group environments? Try out the facilitated programming in KidSpark with staff from Geneva Centre leading workshops to better understand ourselves and others connected to neurodiversity.

Upcoming workshop:

  • March 7 — Play and Language

KidSpark, Workshop Room 1, Level 4

Please note that space is limited. Admission is first-come, first-served. No registration required.