Autism Friendly Hours
Join us for our new monthly Autism Friendly Hours — all the same fun of GSC but with much less hustle and bustle on a Sunday morning! We know GSC is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights so we are lowering the volume and softening the lights to allow adults and children with autism to enjoy their visit without additional stress.
09.00–11.00 (you are welcome to stay until we close at 5pm but lighting and volume levels will resume to regular levels from 11am).
Entry for adults and children with autism is £9.50, with one accompanying adult free. For additional guests, normal Science Mall entry prices apply. For groups, please contact 0141 420 5000 for more booking information.
What's On — 14th October
Hour of Code — Get on your way to becoming a computer programmer with ‘Hour of Code’. Practice your hand-eye coordination, solve puzzles or learn the basics of computer coding with a range of characters from popular films or games.
Suitability: Suitable for learning age 8+
Clever Camouflage — Investigate how different animals hide in the wild using 'clever' camouflage. Camouflage your very own moth to help it survive in a new environment.
Suitability: This workshop is designed for learning age 7 and under
DIY Detectives — Join us in our Live Lab where we will be trying to crack the case of the missing cake. Explore the world of forensic science to help us solve the crime!
Suitability: learning age 7+
Secret World of Gases — Discover the amazing stories and science of gases, investigating the latest innovations, dispelling myths and exploring how gases will be used for a greener future through spectacular demonstrations using liquid nitrogen, dry ice and more!
Suitability: all ages
Space Explorers — The perfect show for younger visitors to our new digital planetarium. Explore the night sky and take a trip to the Moon before flying through the solar system to see a planet up close.
Suitability: This show is designed for learning age 7 and under
Find out what to expect from each of our shows and workshops: September Programme Detail (PDF)
Our partners at Cineworld IMAX at GSC also have an Autism-friendly showing of Under the Sea 3D at 12.30pm on Sunday 16th September. Tickets to this IMAX documentary are available as an Add-On at the GSC Ticket Desk for £2.50 per person.
- 14th October
- 11th November
- 16th December
Please look at the GSC Accessibility Statement before your visit. This may help you become familiar with the building.
We will provide a map which highlights areas of our exhibition floor where you will find:
- Noisy exhibits you may wish to avoid
- Sensory experiences
- Cosy Corners and quiet spaces you can use
- Ear defenders and weighted blankets you can borrow
Please be aware that for everyone’s safety we have a fire alarm system in place. In the event of the alarm going off there will unavoidably be a loud noise. Staff will let you know where to go to feel safe.
Visitor Feedback - 18th March 2018
My wife and I came along to your autism friendly session on Sunday morning with our three year old son. It was clear throughout that careful thought and planning had gone into the session and I’m sure I speak for most, if not all, of the parents there when I say how much it was appreciated. Having a child with autism not only severely limits the activities / places that we can take our son, but also has a massive impact on us as parents when you are acutely aware that your child is unable to take part in activities that other children enjoy.
Your autism friendly session on Sunday gave our whole family a boost and allowed not only my son to express clear enjoyment and excitement but also gave us as parents a chance to enjoy seeing our son playing in a safe environment, exploring different exhibits, gaining new experiences and clearly having a great time playing as any child should be able to.
Thank you to all the staff who were involved and who put obviously genuine effort into making this a success. I hope you have more of these sessions in the future.