A Place for All
Lincoln Children's Museum is a place for every child to experience the power of play. Some kids may need modifications to have their best day here, and we want to provide whatever tools we can.
If a child needs a quieter spot, Grow Zone is available for them. The mother's room on the main floor is also great for this, with dimmable lights and sound machines. If these are occupied, a staff member can help you find another place. For a more focused activity, check out what's going on in Tinker Theater.
We have free to use sensory kits available at the welcome desk, provided by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. These include noise canceling headphones and different fidgets. Just give the staff member your ID for the bag, and trade it back when you leave.
We will host quarterly sensory events for families with children with special needs. Sponsored by Inspro Insurance, this is a quieter time in the Museum when lights are lower, the music is off, and no overhead announcements are made. We will have printed schedules with information on quiet rooms and any special activities, along with sensory kits for use during the event (includes noise canceling headphones and fidgets).
Sensory events for 2020:
Jan 12, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mar 27, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Aug 23, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nov 13, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Twice a year the museum is open for our Shining Star event. All children deserve the chance to play in a safe, friendly environment with their parents, siblings and other children. Shining Star is a free and exclusive event, supported by May L Flanagan Foundation, developed to serve families with children whose health has been compromised by a medical condition, specialized surgical procedures or medical treatments. This special event is closed to the general public to allow families who otherwise may not be able to visit the Museum an opportunity to enjoy a special night together away from the home or hospital.
Our 2020 dates are to be determined.
For more information on our Shining Star events, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A social story is a tool that can help a child know what to expect in a new situation. This story, comprised of narrative text and photos, can help your child prepare for an upcoming visit to the museum. You can share this story with your child once, or many times, before your next visit. You can use the whole story, or select portions of the story related to specific exhibits. Use this tool flexibly in a way that works best for your child.
The above social story wouldn't be possible without the help from several bighearted students and faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:
Alicia Kruger (deceased)
"We chose to tackle this project because we are all professionals and community members interested in the success and inclusion of children with ASD in all of the neat things Lincoln has to offer. We knew that a tool such as a social story would make the museum much more accessible to a group of people who would really enjoy it but might struggle if they did not know what to expect on their visit. We consider this a win-win situation. Individuals with ASD will have more access to the museum, and other visitors will have a chance to interact with those individuals; they can experience and enjoy the museum together!"
For more information on what we offer here at the museum, you may email Lindsay Bartlett-Director of Community and Learning at email@example.com