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Accessibility: Play Without Boundaries 9 am – 11 am
Sponsored by: Gerry Lenfest Legacy Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, Macy’s, & TD Bank
Please join us for Play Without Boundaries, an event where the Please Touch Museum is adapted to provide a relaxed environment for individuals with autism, learning differences, or other sensory and communication needs.
During these special hours, our aim is to remove the “hidden social rules” present in attending a cultural event, like visiting a museum. Our accommodations for Play Without Boundaries include:
- The museum is closed to the general public and has fewer visitors
- Low-level lighting and a quieter museum experience
- Tools to enhance your visit, including Social Stories & Quiet Zones
- Programming with educators who have received autism sensitivity training
- Community partners with resources for families and individuals with autism
- Relaxed Performances in the Please Touch Playhouse
For more information on Play Without Boundaries and how to register email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Floreo Virtual Reality Experiences
9 -11 am
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
Floreo is a virtual reality-based autism therapy product, and staff will be on hand to facilitate virtual reality experiences for visitors. Floreo is currently partnering with the Center for Autism Research at CHOP.
Meet and Greet with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center for Autism Research
Roadside Attractions, Main Level
Come learn about the innovative research happening at the Center for Autism Research at CHOP! Pick up information and resources about studies, workshops and supports that CAR can offer to families navigating the world of autism.
Meet and Greet with the AJ Drexel Autism Institute
Roadside Attractions, Main Level
Chat with professionals at the AJ Drexel Autism Institute. The Institute’s mission is to discover, develop, promote and disseminate population-level and community-based approaches to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism of all ages.
Meet and Greet with Art Ability
Centennial Depot, Lower Level
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Art Ability is a celebration of artist with disabilities. This year-round art exhibition showcases artists with disabilities and is the country’s largest international, juried exhibition and sale of art and fine crafts created by artists with cognitive, physical, hearing and/or visual disabilities.
Quiet Zones & PAWS Autism Initiative
9- 11 am
Meeting Room West *Open to all visitors-please see Museum Staff
Everyday accessibility needs can be met just by asking any staff wearing a blue shirt with the PTM logo. Looking for a peaceful spot to relax and play during Play Without Boundaries? Request our pop-up tent to refocus and recharge. Explore toys, read stories, and make new furry friends while spending time with certified therapy animals teams from PAWS for People.
Dance Movement Therapy with Lauren Cunkelman and Emilie Flynn
9:15-9:45 am and 10:15-10:45 am
Group Rooms 5 and 6, Lower Level
Meet Lauren Cunkelman and Emilie Flynn as they lead a dance-movement therapy session which will be presented in an experiential format, for children and caregivers to participate in activities that may commonly be used in a dance/movement therapy session.
Creative Arts Studio
9:30- 10:30 am
Creative Arts Studio, Lower Level
Drop in any time to experiment with materials and process, as you create works of art inspired by your trip to the Museum.
Signature Events + Family Festivals
Our signature events include family festivals and holiday pop-ups. They offer expanded performance and educational offerings with a special focus that may celebrate cultural traditions and holidays, connect to national and local events, or highlight an area of focus in our exhibits.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve before naptime, featuring live music, a countdown performance and a traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop at 12 and 1pm.
Enter the castle to listen to captivating tales, meet princesses and knights and slay some dragons all while exploring history through play.
The Playhouse at Please Touch Museum invites children to exercise their imaginations and enter new worlds. Inside the theater, visitors experience theater in engaging, interactive and unexpected ways. The Playhouse is the perfect way to introduce young children to the performing arts!
Play Without Boundaries
Play Without Boundaries is a program and early opening for children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. It is a free event with registration. Enjoy the museum before it is open to the public with activities and experiences designed especially for this program, including sensory toys, performances and guest presenters. The Museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas.
Please Touch Museum is committed to providing experiences in exhibits and programs that are accessible and inclusive for all visitors.