resources for visitors with developmental, sensory & learning differences

Explore & More Children’s Museum is very excited to welcome everyone to our new home on 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 quiet kits and call-ahead accommodations, to our sensory friendly room, social narratives, visual schedules, visual/sensory maps, and more. We hope to prepare you before, during and after your visit, so you get the most out of your Museum experience.

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 to make special arrangements for a staff member to meet you upon entry and assist you with visual/sensory supports or other tools to enhance your child’s experience at the Museum.

A member of our team will meet you in the lobby with tickets and visual/sensory supports designed to enhance your child’s experience at the museum.

quiet kits

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 friendly rooms

If your child needs a break during his/her Museum visit, there are two quiet spaces located on level two inside our Moving Water Play Zone and level four next to the elevator across from our Temporary Exhibit Gallery.

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 is overwhelmed from over-stimulation.

special needs changing table

For your convenience, we have a special needs changing table within the main floor bathroom, which is right after you check in at the Ticketing Desk (across from being Good Neighbors). This table can be used for both children and adults.

contact us

Please feel free to contact us by phone at 716-655-5131 or by email at with any questions, suggestions or concerns related to access and inclusion.