Sensory Saturdays

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Sensory Saturdays


Join us for family performances with related activities and alternating adult lectures. All programs are free.

  • Sensory Saturday, Joe Reilly Concert
    February 16, 2019
    11 a.m.
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s Sensory Saturday series offers a family day full of crafts, activities, and songs related to peace and getting along on February 16. Families with children on the autism spectrum are invited to enjoy a family concert by Joe Reilly at 11 a.m., planetarium shows at lower volumes at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., interactive story times from 1 to 3 p.m., and hands-on activities and crafts from 1 to 4 p.m. This free program is designed for families with children on the autism spectrum but is open to all visitors.

    Joe Reilly is a singer, songwriter, and educator from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who writes songs from his heart. This free family concert, focused on peace, will take place in the theater at 11 a.m. Reserve tickets online or at the front desk. Seating is limited.

    Joe’s songs are playful, clever, engaging, joyful, and always have something meaningful to say. The core of his message is an invitation to heal our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with the Earth. Joe uses his music to bring people together and build community across lines of race, class, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, and nationality. Joe is Italian, Irish, and Native American (Cherokee) and was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in a creative household by musical parents who encouraged him to find his own voice.

    Hear stories about friendship in the Museum’s second floor ThinkTank from 1 to 3 p.m. Crafts and related activities will take place in the Innovation Lab from 1 to 4 p.m. Same, Same, but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw explores a pen-pal relationship between boys in America and India. Michigan author Kenneth Kraegel’s book The Song of Delphine shares a story about conflict and resolution.

    The 12 p.m. planetarium show, The Little Star That Could, and the 1 p.m. show, Polaris: The Space Submarine and the Mystery of the Polar Night, will be shown at a lower volume. Visit for a description of other shows throughout the day played at normal volume. Tickets for the planetarium are $3 per person.

    The Museum offers sensory tools and noise-canceling headphones, available at the front desk, for use in the galleries, planetarium, and Theater. The Museum has a goal sheet with stickers for positive reinforcement, as well as a printed Museum guide to prepare for a visit. Stop by the information table to see what is available, and let Museum staff know which tools are most helpful.

  • When Will My Child Be Ready for a Play Day?
    March 16, 2019
    11 a.m.
    How do you prepare all those involved for a play date?

  • Sensory Saturday, Gemini Concert
    April 20, 2019
    11 a.m. Gemini Concert
    12 p.m. Soothing Celestial Sights & Sounds - Low Volume Presentation
    1 p.m. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? - Low Volume Presentation
    1-3 p.m. Musical Stories
    1-4 p.m. Musical Crafts



Sensory Tool Kit Available at the Front desk: Fidget Bands, Weighted Snakes, Visual Calming Cards, Noise Cancelling Headphones.