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Education :: Sensory-Friendly Events

Sensory-Friendly Events

Sensory Friendly Days

The Dallas Zoo welcomes individuals with autism, their families, and others who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience on Sundays every quarter. Modifications around the Zoo will include sound adjustments and quiet zones to create an enjoyable environment for the whole family. In addition families will be provided with social stories and parent tips prior to the event. Special activities will include a sensory activity tour featuring primates, reptiles, and invertebrates with special animal encounters. Read our social story.

2019 dates: 

  • Sunday, August 11th at Fair Park from 8-11 a.m. This special day is in partnership with the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens, and Dallas Historical Society at the Hall of State. Each organization will have hands-on activity stations and designated quiet spaces. Parking can be found at lots 6A, 6B, and 3E.
  • Pre-registration is required and will get you admittance into all 3 locations on the day of the event.
    • Cost
      • $15 for the first two guests. Tickets are $9 each for every guest thereafter.
      • Register now!
  • Read our social stories
  • Check out the photo schedule

Sensory Friendly Family Nights

We are thrilled to introduce an all-new sensory-friendly experience at the Dallas Zoo! Sensory Friendly Family Night is specially designed for individuals on the autism spectrum or those who have sensory sensitivities to enjoy a fun evening at the Zoo with their families and caregivers.

We will have sounds modifications and a sensory haven available as you tour ZooNorth on an evening adventure. Activities will be stationed along the path to help you navigate your way as our zoo animals prepare for the night. Make a firefly pattern, get a closer look at birds, identify frog calls, and take a silent walk with primates as you become a zoo night explorer. Read our social story.

Tickets are $20 ($17 for members) for the first adult.  The first child ticket is free, additional tickets (adult or child) are $10 each ($8 for members).

Pre-registration is required for this sensory friendly experience for families.

2019 Sensory Friendly Family Nights:

Cancellation Policy
This is a non-refundable final sale.  Credit will not be issued within 14 days of the program/event start date.  The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park reserves the right to cancel or change any program for reasons we deems appropriate.  Programs will take place rain or shine.  Programs that have not met the minimum number of participants within one week of the scheduled program date may be cancelled.  In the event that we cancel your program, a full refund will be issued and individuals will be contacted directly.  If you cancel a program with the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, a program credit may be issued based on circumstance.  No credits or refunds will be issued for changes/cancellations made within two weeks of your scheduled program, for any amount under $20, or for no-show groupsCredit may be used for any education program or camp at the Dallas Zoo or Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.  All changes or cancellations must be submitted in writing to
The Education Office is open Monday-Friday during regular Zoo hours.  Contact us at or 469.554.7300.