Pensacola MESS Hall (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) is all about hands-on exhibits and experiments for young minds, providing a stimulating environment that seamlessly blends education with enjoyment. Visit the museum on an afternoon during the school year (open Tuesday-Friday) when the center generally is less crowded if you prefer a quiet space. You’ll find countless ways to explore science – from building intricate marble runs that defy gravity to constructing parachutes from straws and paper cups, the facility encourages a sense of creativity and experimentation.
The Pensacola Museum of Art has been certified as autism-friendly by the Centers for Autism & Related Disabilities. Exhibits vary throughout the year, but an interactive area on the first floor has sensory toys and books to explore, and there is a quiet library space. The PMA hosts free Art Academy for Autism programs for ages 5-9, 10-15, and 16+, every other week on Fridays and Saturdays, depending on age group. Students must register in advance for the spring or fall semester. A professional instructor trained to help those with sensory issues teaches the Art Academy for Autism programs. Every October, the PMA offers a low-sensory Halloween-themed event for all ages.
Active kids can burn some energy at SkyZone. This indoor trampoline park offers 90-minute sessions or all-day passes for freestyle jumping, as well as a designated toddler zone, foam zone, sky ladder, sky joust and ultimate dodgeball. Special socks, required to participate, are sold on site. Contact SkyZone directly as schedules vary, but sensory hours may be offered to provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience.