Autism Friendly Hours
Join us for our 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.
What's On — Sunday 20th January
Maker Studio — Drop in to the Maker Studio, a place for you to get creative and discover new skills in digital making, science and engineering. We have a range of technology available for you to try out and explore. What you create is only limited by your imagination!
Magnificent Magnets — Sign up to explore the world of magnets with our Science Communicators. Hunt for magnetic treasure and make your own fridge magnet to take home.
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! This is a presenter led activity where participants will be asked to follow instructions and complete tasks at their tables.
Fantastic Forces — Investigate Newton's three laws of motion using balloons, rockets, a bed of nails, and other amazing demonstrations
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.
- 20th January
- 17th February
- 17th March
- 21st April
- 19th May
- 16th June
- 21st July
- 18th August
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.
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.