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Access Resources for Kids Week and Beyond
Posted: 2/11/2020 2:37:03 PM

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. A social narrative to help you prepare for your visit during Kids Week can be found here.

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.
  • Tuesday, February 18
    11:00am Wildlife Theater Group Performance: Super Shark’s Ocean Adventure
    11:30am Wild Encounters with Zoologist Jarod Miller
    1:00pm Intrepid Education Demonstration: Water Works!
    2:00pm Two by Two Zoo Animal Demonstration: Wild World of Animals
    Friday, February 21
    Noon NYU Instructor Doug Vitarelli on The Evolution of Animation
    1:00pm Intrepid Education: Intrepid Space Academy
    2:00pm Presentation by NASA Astronaut, Ricky Arnold
    3:00pm Presentation by NASA Flight Director Allison Bolinger
    From Swimming Pools to Vacuum Chambers: How We Teach Astronauts to Spacewalk.

Families and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing are invited to attend for free on Tuesday, February 18, and Friday, February 21, for American Sign Language-interpreted presentations, performances and demonstrations. Advance registration is required.
Tuesday, February 18 | Friday, February 21

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.




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