Personalize Your Play: Support Material for All Families
We want to ensure all families feel welcome at Minnesota Children’s Museum. Our goal is to foster a culture that celebrates diversity and encourages mutual respect. We strive to make the museum and its programs accessible and safe for all members of our community.
We understand that, sometimes, extra support can fully participate in their community. As a museum, we are dedicated to providing that support. To make that happen, we’ve partnered with a disability and inclusion expert from the University of Minnesota to develop a program dedicated to fostering full inclusion at Minnesota Children’s Museum.
Tips and Tricks
Wheelchair Accessibility: Every exhibit in the museum is designed to be wheelchair accessible.
Calmer Times at the Museum: The Museum is quietest early in the morning, Friday and Saturday evenings, Tuesdays (when we have no school groups), and on days when the weather is nice.
Easy Entrance and Exit: If you are driving to the Museum, one of the quickest and most convenient ways to enter and exit the museum is by parking on the 3rd floor of the World Trade Center Ramp, where the skyway is connected to the museum’s box office. To avoid having to use stairs or elevators in the parking ramp, try driving up to the 4th floor of the ramp and then following “exit” signs back down to the 3rd floor. While there may not always be open spaces in this area (especially on weekdays), there often are.
Visual Stimulation: Imaginopolis, Sprouts, the Tip Top Terrace, and the reading areas have some of the lowest visual stimulation levels in the museum.
Break Rooms: There are small, quiet break rooms with low levels of visual stimulation that you can use as needed to take a break with your child(ren). Please feel free to use these comfort rooms located on the first floor near Super Awesome Adventures and on the second floor in Sprouts.
Social Stories: Download Visiting Minnesota Children’s Museum: A Social Story for Families to read together with your family at home.
Visual Schedules: When you check in at the box office, you can check out materials for visual schedules. Our customizable visual schedules include pictures of each exhibit, as well as transitional activities like the bathroom, café, and gift shop. These custom-made visual schedules can aid with transitions and planning. We currently have two formats:
- Checklist: Assemble the photos in order down the vertical checklist. Kids can stick a green checkmark next to each photo once the corresponding activity is completed!
- Timeline: This model allows you to use larger photos of each exhibit and activity, horizontally placed along a timeline.
Choice Board: We also have materials for you to give children visual choices. Stick the options on the sheet and let the child select which one they would like to do next.
Visual Timers: Check out a timer that shows time running down visually, so that your visitor knows when it is time to transition to the next activity.
Special thanks to disability and inclusion expert, Amy Gunty, from the University of Minnesota and numerous interns for their work on this project.