The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will offer sensory-friendly Santa Train rides for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder and similar needs. Train rides will include no yelling in the tunnel and no whistle sound; additional sounds and some lights will be lowered. Additional staff and volunteers from UNC TEACCH Autism Program will be on-hand to assist guests. Cool down kits, noise-cancelling headphones, and social narratives available upon request.
Friday, December 1st Train times: 5:20pm and 5:40pm
Train rides after 6pm will return to full light and sound.
If you are unable to ride at this date and times, cool down kits, noise-cancelling headphones, and social narratives will be available for all Santa Trains.
Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the North Pole. Enjoy a ride through thousands of twinkling lights as we make our way to meet Santa and his elves. Back at the station explore festive activites including:
- Face painting by Paint Savvy
- Holiday crafts
- “Science of Santa” activities including hands-on snow polymer, simple circuits, and more
- Holiday music and light displays
- “Skate in your socks” synthetic ice rink
- Complimentary hot chocolate
- Pop-up Museum gift shop
- Sprout Cafe will be open for light snacks and coffee
Pre-registration required. Children 2 and under free.