Sensory-friendly Saturdays 

First Saturday of every month in 2019 from 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.

 


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).

 


October 5 Programming 

Planetarium Open House

Between 4 and 6 p.m.

Starry-eyed for outer space? Interact with one of our Hosts and Geneva Centre staff in an open-format planetarium experience. Doors will be kept open to allow visitors to drop-in and ask questions.

The Planetarium, Space Hall
Level 4

 

Origami Workshop

Between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Folding paper to make different animal shapes is fun! You can find out how to make an origami dog or other creature.

Challenge Zone
Level 6

 

Friendly and Approachable!

Between 3 and 4 p.m.


Being calm and friendly, Therapy Dogs can play a big role in reducing people’s stress and loneliness—at hospitals, seniors’ residences, airports, schools and in other stressful situations. This Saturday, meet Barb Ruhr, Christine Paradis and their St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs Buddy and Dexter. Find out what they do, where they work, how they are trained and more.

Mezzanine
Level 1

ParentSpark

4–5 p.m.

Want your child to get more out of a KidSpark visit? Explore how, with staff from the Geneva Centre for Autism. Look for the folks in red lab coats.

 Family Workshops

5 – 6 p.m.

Enjoy small group* environments? Join a behaviour therapist from Geneva Centre for Autism in an interactive, sensory-based activity. Learn strategies to address sensory needs that may help your child participate in activities with others at school or in the community.

Upcoming topics:

  • Sharing (October 5)
  • Healthy Sleeping Habits (November 2)
  • Building Independence (December 7)

No registration required. Admission based on a first-come, first-served basis. Sessions occur on the first Saturday of every month in KidSpark.

Meet at the KidSpark entrance 
Level 4

*Please note that space is limited.


 

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


Sensory-friendly IMAX® Film Screening

One film of the day Sensory-friendly Saturdays is presented in a lights-up, sound-down environment. Theatre doors remain open. Run time 40 minutes.

Upcoming films:

Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre
Enter via Level 1
$9 per person. Member discounts apply.