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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 21st April

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. Next time you come back you can build on your skills.

Bees KneesLearn how bees help your plants to grow.  Make your own flower to take home.

Egg Drop Challenge - Design and build a pod for a precious cargo - a raw egg! Launch it from a great height and find out if your egg survives or splats!

Pure Random Science Show - Catch this exciting live science show where you decide what experiments our scientists do by spinning the Wheel of Fortune! Be thrilled by spectacular science demos with lots of bangs, flashes and explosions! There may be a giant fire tornado; there could be an indoor geyser or maybe even some dancing fire - Who knows? its just pure random! 

Space Explorers - The perfect show for younger visitors to our 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. 

2019 Dates

  • 19th May
  • 16th June
  • 21st July
  • 18th August

Times

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).

Cost

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. 

More 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
  • Toilets

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.

Graeme

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