As part of the Texas State Aquarium’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, on the third Sunday of the month, from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, families and children with sensory sensitivities will be able to enjoy the Aquarium in a quieter, modified environment, led by staff with sensory disorder training. The sensory friendly modifications include modified animal presentations, lower music, designated quiet zones, and signage offering a preview of what to expect including lights, music changes, and free-flying birds.
Guests can enjoy the unique Sensory Garden at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. The garden is designed as an educational tool to help visitors explore and enjoy the garden using all 5 senses. A tour guide is available to help guests embrace the beauty of nature beyond the pretty colors of the plants and flowers, by teaching them the unique scents and textures. They can even discover the flavors of the plants that are meant to be eaten.
Guests also have the option to enjoy the gardens from the comfort of the sensory sofas. These sofas are made of limestone, and they also feature a textured mosaic tile design in colors representative of sunrise and sunset. This educational experience is both fun and lowkey, ensuring that every guest has an enjoyable and sensory-sensitive experience.
Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History brings scientific fun to life for guests with special needs and learning disabilities. Each science-themed event is designed to stimulate the children with activities that heighten the five senses, help to develop essential social and problem-solving skills, speech improvement, and learning advancement. The sensory sensitive events feature a calm and friendly environment with dim lighting, little to no noise, and modified attractions at the museum, with a specially trained staff to make the experience enjoyable for both children and their families.
AMC 16 Theaters has partnered with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where lights are turned on and the volume is turned down. Guests have full access to the theater room where they can move around freely, dance, walk, shout, or sing. This sensory friendly experience is available on the second and fourth Saturday each month for a family friendly get together or Wednesday evenings for adult audiences.
Alamo Drafthouse offers “Alamo for All,” a program designed for sensory sensitive guests, in which their stringent rules regarding talking and movement are relaxed. Their “Lights Up. Sound Down. Chatter OK.” experience allows guests to enjoy movies in a comfortable environment on weekdays and weekend mornings. Check your local theater for movie listings and showtimes.
Corpus Christi’s favorite waterpark offers a two-hour timeframe to host a modified experience for sensory sensitive guests to enjoy the park without loud music and crowds. In order to make the park more inclusive to sensory sensitivities, busy and noise-making features on rides are turned off. This modified experience is available on Sensory Friendly Sundays from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.