Sensory-Friendly Sessions

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum offers countless opportunities for children to learn about and explore their world through play. Through interactive and hands-on, experiential learning exhibits, participants engage in real-time experimentation and exploration to see how things “work”.

The Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin has partnered with the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum to support specific Sensory-Friendly sessions. During these sessions, over 70% of the existing exhibits will be modified to reduce lights, noise and movement. With these modifications, and a reduction in traffic flow during the identified times, families will have the opportunity to interact with exhibits in the way that best meets their family’s sensory based needs.

What makes these sessions sensory friendly? 

  • 70% of the exhibits are modified with reduced lighting, sound and movement.
  • quiet Sensory Room is available to re-regulate or calm.
  • We are asking all families to bring your Sensory Go Bags, but the museum does have a limited number of “Access Bags” available if needed
  • small number of weighted vests in limited sizes are available to be checked out. (an ID is needed for check out)
  • “Reading Zone” with bean bags and flexible seating allows families time to relax and enjoy some time with a book.
  • Access the cafeteria for a quick snack or a break. Please note: Food is not allowed in any of the exhibit areas of the museum except for in the cafeteria.

Registration for each event is required through Eventbrite so that e-tickets for free admission and a specific “Know Before you Go” can be emailed to the family prior to the event. Families must present the e-ticket upon arrival at the museum.

Families will receive a $3.00 voucher to offset the price of parking in the structure, bringing the cost to $6.00 (from $9.00). Street parking is free if families would like to take advantage of that option.

This event would generally cost a family of four $29.00 ($5.00/ticket and $9.00 for parking), and you are receiving this benefit as part of your Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin Membership!


January 28, 2024  •  3:30 – 5:30 p.m
February 25, 2024  •  3:30 – 5:30 p.m
April 28, 2024  •  3:30 – 5:30 p.m
June 23, 2024  •  3:30 – 5:30 p.m
September 22, 2024  •  3:30 – 5:30 p.m
November 24, 2024  • 3:30 – 5:30 p.m

929 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
2nd level of the Miller Pavilion
For directions and parking, click here.

Did you Know? Membership fees for the Autism Society and the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum can be covered through the Children’s Long Term Waiver program?