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Access Resources for Kids Week and Beyond
Posted: 2/8/2018 10:00:00 AM

The Museum wants to make sure that visitors of all abilities learn, play and have fun during Kids Week, so we’ve put together a quick guide on what to expect during your visit.

The Exploreum
The majority of Kids Week activities take place in the Exploreum, the Museum’s hub for hands-on activities and exhibits. Most of these exhibits will be replaced by special exhibits and activity tables. It will be a lively area during peak times of the day, so it may get crowded and noisy. If it becomes too much for you or your child, there are spaces nearby to take a break. There will also be plenty of Museum staff to assist you if you need help. Just look out for staff members in red or blue shirts.

Hangar Deck Map

ASL and Assisted Listening Devices
The Kids Week programs listed below will include an American Sign Language interpreter for visitors who are hard of hearing.
  • Sunday, February 18
    Presentations: How Things Fly at 1:00pm, Mad Science at 2:00pm, Fastball Physics with the Yogi Berra Museum at 3:00pm

    Tuesday, February 20
    Short performances: The Very Hungry Caterpillar at 12:30pm and 2:30pm, Anastasia at 1:00pm, SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical at 2:00pm, Gazillion Bubble Show at 3:00pm, School of Rock at 4:00pm

    Friday, February 23
    Presentations: Hunting for Earthlike Planets/James Webb Telescope by STScI at noon, Live Animal Show at 1:00pm, Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater Group at 1:30pm and 2:30pm, How We Teach Astronauts to Spacewalk by NASA at 3:00pm

    Saturday, February 24
    Programs: NASA Panel So You Want to Go to Mars? at noon, Two by Two Zoo’s Live Animal Show at 2:00pm, NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson at 2:30pm, Drones in Hurricane Research at 4:00pm

Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available to borrow at no cost for guided programs and tours. ALDs are available as stereo headphones, single-ear headphones or T-coil compatible induction loops. Induction loops are available in the Lutnick Theater for all of the Kids Week programming that takes place there.

Information Desk
The Information Desk in hangar 1 is a great resource for visitors with special needs. Dedicated staff will answer questions and give you directions to on-ship amenities, and they can provide supports and tools to enhance your visit. Here you can ask for sensory bags, which include noise-reduction headphones and fidgets to help ease sensory stimulation. Visitors who are blind or have low vision may also borrow a Verbal Description and Tactile Guide that uses raised images, Braille, large print and a talking pen. We also provide lightweight stools if you would like easy access to seating during your visit.

Online Resources
We offer a number of resources that you can download before your visit, including step-by-step narratives on what to expect, sensory guides and visual vocabularies. For more info, click here or email

View the full schedule of Kids Week activities here.