Access for those with sensory sensitivities

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota welcomes children and families of all abilities. We have developed strategies and special programming for those experiencing sensory challenges.

Noise muffling headphones available for children with sensory needs

Special Accommodations

Children with sensory sensitivities and their families are invited to enjoy the Museum at a time when there are typically fewer Museum visitors present.

Sound-muffling headphones are available by request at the Museum front desk. Do not hesitate to connect with a Museum staff member if you need assistance at any time, or if you would like direction to a quieter space to relax or regroup.

A Trip to the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota social story guide for children with autism and sensory special needs

Social Guide

To help prepare for your visit to the Children’s Museum, please download our guide, “A Trip to the Children’s Museum,” which includes a helpful checklist of possible activities during your visit. For groups, check out this version of our social story.

Special Needs Accessibility Playtime (SNAP) at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

Sensory Awareness & Accessibility Playtime

These quarterly events invite children with sensory challenges or other special needs and their families to experience and enjoy the Museum free of charge at a time when there is a limited number of visitors present.

2023 Schedule:
  • Friday, March 3, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 14, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 9, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Friday, October 13, 4:30-6:30pm

Sponsored by the Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition

For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Kim Kleven, Vice President of Play and Learning at kim.kleven@cmsouthernmn.org.