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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 education@pleasetouchmuseum.org.


Community Partners:

Dance Movement Therapy with Lauren and Emilie

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Meeting Room East, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Dance, wiggle, and move your body with dance movement therapists, Lauren and Emilie. Children and caregivers will participate in activities that may commonly be used in a dance/movement therapy session. 


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center for Autism Research

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
River Adventures, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

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.


Child Guidance Resource Centers

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
Roadside Attractions, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Meet a representative from Child Guidance Resource Centers!  Child Guidance Resource Centers is a private, non-profit community behavioral healthcare organization dedicated to providing quality care and educational services that assess, treat, and empower children, adolescents, and families with behavioral challenges, developmental disabilities, or residential needs in the Delaware Valley.


PAWS Autism Initiative

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Hamilton Hall, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Looking for a fun spot to relax and play? Explore toys, read stories, and make new furry friends while spending time with certified therapy animals teams from PAWS for People.


Connect Plus Therapy

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Centennial Depot, Lower Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Visit and connect with Connect Plus Therapy in the Centennial Depot.  Connect Plus Therapy provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

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.

Performing Arts

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.

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