Au-Some Evenings

A special event for children on the Autism Spectrum

We believe every child should get the chance to learn and play in a comfortable and accessible environment, so we’ve created a program to meet the specific needs of children on the autism spectrum.

Au-some Evenings is an exciting and free new program at Explore & More dedicated to children on the autism spectrum  and their friends and families. Once a month, these special Au-some Evenings give children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory disorder, their friends and their family an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment. Children, siblings and friends are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the visit. Children will have access to the museum and Imagination Playground, where they can explore and be creative with large foam objects.  Many thanks to our friends at The Hamister and Garrison Family Foundations for their generous sponsorship of this program.

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Upcoming Au-Some Evenings

Our Au-Some Social Story

For any child apprehensive about visiting Explore & More for the first time, visit our social story and help familiarize your family with what to expect.

Our Au-Some Social Story

Museum Hours

Wednesday – Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

12 p.m. to 5 p.m

First Friday of the Month
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Closed major holidays 
EXCEPT: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.


Adults and Children
Ages 1 & up: $7

Children under age 1

Families participating in WIC or Arts Access
FREE with ID & card


Plan Your Visit

Thanks for the Support

Au-Some Evenings were developed in collaboration with The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and the Center for Autism Support and Education (CASE), who have been working together to make the museum experience more sensory‐friendly and accessible to all children.

Au-Some Evenings is the first program of its kind in Western New York. Through generous support from Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, the program is free of charge to these special kids and their parents. View our Current Donors.

About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum—a ten‐fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.

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