Sensory Saturdays at the Sandbox

Beginning January 2019, on the last Saturday of each month, the Sandbox will open their doors an hour early exclusively for families with children who have sensory processing differences or those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (children with other developmental challenges are also welcome).

What is the Sandbox?! 

“Hilton Head Island’s premiere destination for early childhood, hands-on play and learning,” including age-appropriate, interactive activities and exhibits that enable children to play freely while exploring their creativity and discovering the world around them.

Located just off Pope Avenue on the south end of Hilton Head Island, The Sandbox is packed with 2500 square-feet of approachable activities that are just right for busy toddlers, elementary school-aged children and their families or caregivers.


January 26, 2019 (additional dates include February 23, March 30, April 27, and May 25). The museum will open at 9:00am. Regular hours begin at 10:00am.

How much?

Reduced Admission is $5/person (1 year and up), Members are free!

What does Sensory-Friendly mean?

This event includes the following modifications and supports:

  • Designated quiet spaces
  • Dimmed lighting upstairs
  • No background music
  • Fidgets, weighted vests, headphones and other sensory resources available for use while in the museum.
  • Reduced/No volume on certain exhibits (train and airplane cockpit)
  • The entire museum is open except for the Shadow Wall.
  • A therapy dog, Trapper the Wonder Dog, may visit on some Saturday’s. He will be available to visit on the porch as you enter or exit.

The website also includes a museum social story, with pictures and helpful information to help familiarize your child and yourself with the Museum and it’s exhibits before you visit.

Good to know:

If you are unable to attend on Sensory Saturday but would like to visit another day the quieter times are first thing in the mornings when we open or after 3:00pm in the afternoons. Rainy days we are very busy during the tourist season. We will have the basket of sensory support items put away but please ask the staff for any items which may be needed during regular hours.

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