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Ontario Science Centre Sensory-friendly Saturdays

OSC Sensory Friendly Saturdays


March 31, April 7, April 14 and April 21
Come celebrate neurodiversity!

In honour of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, the Ontario Science Centre is partnering up with Geneva Centre for Autism and others to offer sensory-friendly events and programming.

With a variety of communities in mind, Sensory-friendly Saturdays were developed to provide an environment that is inclusive, accessible and respectful. Open to everyone, the programming is appropriate for all ages and abilities.

In addition to our content partner, Geneva Centre for Autism, the Science Centre is pleased to collaborate with Holland Bloorview, Baycrest Centre, Awake Labs and BEACON Digital Therapy.

Program Schedule

Social Story:
On these Saturdays—and for any other visit from now on—you get a chance to walk in your own shoes in advance. Prepare for your visit with this social story (available for download here).


Research Live!

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Participate in live research studies. Your data can help contribute to the creation of innovative tools to assist those with an autism spectrum disorder.

Level 2

Tech Showcase

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Experience emerging accessible technologies presented by their developers and researchers. Check out the latest tech, including virtual reality tools, wearables and digital assistive programs.

Level 2

Planetarium Open House

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Starry-eyed for outer space? Interact with one of our hosts in an open-format planetarium experience. Doors will be kept open to allow visitors to drop in and ask questions.

Space Hall
Level 4

Facilitated Programming

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy small group environments? Try out the facilitated programming in KidSpark with staff from Geneva Centre for Autism. There will be workshops for parents/caregivers to help them better understand individuals connected to neurodiversity. There will also be fun hands-on activities for parents/caregivers and their child(ren) to try and take home.

KidSpark, Workshop Room 1
Level 4

Please note that space is limited.

The programs are included in the regular price of admission or with an Ontario Science Centre membership.