Explore & More Children’s Museum is very excited to welcome everyone to our new home at Canalside. To help make your visit as enjoyable and engaging as possible, we have developed customized visual, social, communicative, sensory, and behavioral supports. You will find these supports throughout the museum – from our sensory backpacks and call-ahead accommodations, to our sensory-friendly rooms.

Below are tips and resources we suggest you review and download prior to your visit:

call-ahead accommodations

If you are planning a visit with a child who as special needs, please call (716)655-5131 ext. 7080 to make special arrangements for a staff member to meet you upon entry and with resources or other tools to enhance your child’s experience at the Museum.

universal changing table

For your convenience, we offer a universal changing table on the second floor. This table can be used for both children and adults up to 250 pounds.

We are a KultureCity Certified Sensory Inclusive Venue!

sensory friendly backpacks

Upon request, we have quiet kits that contain items such as noise canceling headphones, sensory toys and visual supports, designed to enhance your child’s Museum experience. The headphones and sensory toys must be returned prior to your departure.

Sensory backpacks are available at the Museum Admissions desk, and can be requested upon arrival or as needed.

Backpacks include sensory manipulative and fidget toys, in addition to noise canceling headphones and sensory chew necklaces.

sensory-friendly rooms

If your child needs a break during their Museum visit, there are two quiet spaces located in the Museum; on the second floor inside our Moving Water Play Zone, and on the fourth floor across from our Person Centered Services Community Treehouse exhibit.

These sensory friendly rooms contain a space with special lighting, calming sensory elements that will help support children and families who need a break or are overwhelmed from the stimulating environment.

Sensory-friendly “quiet cove” located on the second floor, in the Moving Water Play Zone.

Sensory-friendly “quiet cove” located on the fourth floor, near the Person Centered Services Community Treehouse.

social story

The Museum’s social narrative, takes you and your children step by step through a Museum visit, and highlights all of the fun and important things you’ll want to know about on your visit.  To read our social story, click here.

contact us

Please feel free to contact us by phone at (716)655-5131 ext. 7080 or by email at [email protected] with any questions, suggestions or concerns related to access and inclusion.

Field trips are back! Please be aware that it will be busier than usual. | Explore & More will be closed on Sunday, June 16.