Miami Children’s Museum is temporarily closed to the public as a precaution against COVID-19.

Sensory Friendly Saturdays

On the second Saturday of every month, Miami Children’s Museum offers a sensory friendly experience for children with disabilities and their families. While the Museum is temporarily closed, we are bringing those experiences to you virtually!

Join us every second Saturday for sensory friendly activities including at home how-to’s, art projects, and special performances!

Sound Scavenger Hunt

Sound Scavenger Hunt

Go on an epic sound scavenger hunt in your very own home! Find each item from the list below and listen to the sounds it makes! Describe the sounds you can make with each item. Are they loud or quiet sounds?

Write down what you hear and if you don’t know the word for it, make up a new one!

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Pizza Pillow Pile Up

Pizza Pillow Pile Up

This is a pressure therapy activity. Parents, you can utilize this when you feel your child needs to calm down or release.

You can take turns so that both you and your child get a chance to relax!

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Pressed Flowers Card | Activity

Pressed Flowers Card | Activity

Create a beautiful bouquet of real pressed flowers to decorate your Mother’s Day card! Find some beautiful flowers around your house or neighborhood, then use your microwave to dehydrate and press them down.

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Are You My Mother? | Story Time

Are You My Mother? | Story Time

Miami Children’s Museum Theatre Troupe here! Join Stephon, Diana, Peter and Seth to read along to “Are You My Mother?” by P. D. Eastman, a classic children’s book about a baby bird in search of his mother!

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Elephant Toothpaste | Experiment

Elephant Toothpaste | Experiment

What do you think happens when you mix hydrogen peroxide with soap, warm water, and yeast?! Join Rodiesha, one of our MiChiMu educators, to find out! This Sensory Friendly Saturday experiment deals with simple chemical reactions, which happen when you combine two or more items together to create something new!

Materials: Hydrogen Peroxide, Funnel, Food Coloring, Dish Soap, Empty Water Bottle, Plate / Tray, Measuring Tools, Warm Water, Cup, Dry Yeast, Spoon, Goggles

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Sensory Friendly Yoga | Exercise

Sensory Friendly Yoga | Exercise

Join Diana, a MiChiMu Theater Troupe member, to learn how to do two different yoga poses as part of our virtual Sensory Friendly Saturday programming! Breath in and out and learn how to do the ladybug pose and the butterfly pose. Children (and adults) benefit from the strengthening, balancing, and soothing effects yoga has on the nervous system. So join us today to move your body!

What are some of your favorite poses to do at home?

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Words Hurt | Activity

Words Hurt | Activity

This activity requires an adult and a child, but more than one child can participate! Explain to the child/ren that you are going to do an activity to show how words affect people. It’s important to know that once we say mean things, we can’t take them back. This activity will help demonstrate how very true that is!

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Sensory Backpack | How-To

Sensory Backpack | How-To

Join DJ, one of our MiChiMu educators, to learn how to make a sensory backpack! These bags are designed to help children with special needs during outings or even at home, and:

  • are filled with items that can help your child manage their own sensory reactions or behaviors
  • can be used to calm hyperactivity or negative behaviors
  • can be used as a way to reward or motivate your child to complete tasks they (or you) need to do (E-Learning, chores)

Don’t forget to check out our Associate Director of Inclusion, Sarah Coleman’s, shopping list on Amazon to help get you started.

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P.S. If you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Miami Children’s Museum as your nonprofit to support, a portion of the proceeds from your order will come back to us at no extra cost to you! 

Autism Awareness | Activity

Autism Awareness | Activity

This can be a family activity! It requires at least 5 people, however, one person might be able to do two parts. One person in each group will play the part of someone with autism. The other 4 people will each have different jobs. Have everyone take turns being Person 1 before you discuss.

How do you think it feels to have autism?

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The Day The Crayons Quit | Activity

The Day The Crayons Quit | Activity

Make a one of a kind t-shirt design with this fun sandpaper printing technique! Learn about the process of printmaking by transferring crayon drawings using heat from an iron, onto a shirt. This activity ties into our “The Day The Crayons Quit” story time (link below) with the MiChiMu Theatre Troupe!

Share photos of your creations and tag us #MiChiMuKids #MiChiMuAtHome

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The Day The Crayons Quit | Story Time

The Day The Crayons Quit | Story Time

Read along with Bree-Anna and the rest of the MiChiMu Theater Troupe for a fun and playful adaptation of “The Day The Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. This adaptation was originally created for the nine schools that we work with to bring performing arts programming to their students with disabilities: AKTIV Learning Academy, Carrie Brazer Center For Autism, Coconut Palm Elementary School, Crystal Academy, Debbie School, Driftwood Elementary School, Learning Links School, The Tikvah Center, and The Victory Center for Autism & Related Disabilities.

Don’t forget to follow along with us every Saturday as we continue to offer virtual sensory friendly experiences as part of our Museum at Home program!

Share photos of your interactions at home and tag us #MiChiMuKids #MiChiMuAtHome

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Sensory Bins | How-To

Sensory Bins | How-To

Learn how to make your own sensory bins to keep your children busy, engage their senses, and create opportunities for discovery this Sensory Friendly Saturday!

If you don’t have these materials at home, don’t fret! Our Associate Director of Inclusion, Sarah Coleman, has created a shopping list to help get you started.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

CLICK HERE TO SHOP SUPPLIES

P.S. If you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Miami Children’s Museum as your nonprofit to support, a portion of the proceeds from your order will come back to us at no extra cost to you! 

Sensory Friendly Stress Balls | How-To

Sensory Friendly Stress Balls | How-To

We’re kicking off our very first virtual Sensory Friendly Saturday by making stress balls! This fun and easy activity can help you discuss different feelings and emotions with your children while reducing anxiety.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the materials at home today, our Associate Director of Inclusion, Sarah Coleman, has created a shopping list to help get you started.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

CLICK HERE TO SHOP SUPPLIES

P.S. If you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Miami Children’s Museum as your nonprofit to support, a portion of the proceeds from your order will come back to us at no extra cost to you! 

Laughter Yoga | Exercise

Laughter Yoga | Exercise

April is Autism Awareness Month and we are excited to announce that we will be offering virtual Sensory Friendly Saturday programming each weekend that you can do at home! 💙

Peter, our MiChiMu Senior Resident Artist, is helping us kickoff our monthlong celebration with one of our favorite sensory friendly activities, LAUGHTER YOGA! Laughter Yoga is a single exercise that deals with physical, mental and emotional stress simultaneously… something that we can all benefit from right now.

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