au-some evenings

Once a month, Au-Some Evenings give children with autism and sensory processing needs, their friends and family an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment. In addition to a fun night of play with access to the museum space and exhibits, we have special programming for families! The evening features themed Art Studio projects, sensory exploration in our Tinkering Tank, therapy animals from the SPCA and student volunteers from SUNY Buffalo State’s Exceptional Education program. Parent outreach materials including links for social stories, child development resources and play tips are always available. We even provide small giveaways or snacks in the lobby, at the end of the night to help with the transition of leaving the museum. We look forward to having you join us!

To register for the next Au-Some Evening please complete the form below.
Questions? Email [email protected].

Click here to download our Au-Some Evenings flyer!

Au-Some Evenings was created in 2012 by Kathy Doody, Professor in Exceptional Education from SUNY Buffalo State and Jana Mertz, Certified Autism Specialist.  Special education teacher candidates from Exceptional Education volunteer at monthly Au-Some Evenings events, providing support to children and families while developing language skills, promoting social interactions, and facilitating learning through play.

Au-Some Evenings are generously supported by the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation & HSBC

Au-Some Evenings are also supported by Erie County.

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To register for the next Au-Some Evening, please complete the form below.  Please note, registration is only accepted for one month’s event at a time.

Explore & More will be closed Sunday, May 26-Tuesday, May 28. We will be open for play again on Wednesday, May 29!