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Explore-Abilities Access Program

Explore-Abilities Access Program

Improving Access for Children of All Abilities

About This Program

Providing access and creating equal opportunities for all children to explore and experience the Children’s Museum are among our highest priorities. Introduced in 2015 and continuing to evolve to meet the needs of our community, the Explore-Abilities Access Program aims to provide adapted museum experiences and a range of visitor services designed for children of all abilities to have fun and enjoy interactive, hands-on learning in a safe and accessible facility.

In addition to special Explore-Abilities Events, visitor resources available year-round upon request include:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Sunglasses
  • Ear Defenders
  • Fidget Toys
  • Designated Quiet Zones (apart from the galleries)
  • Social Narrative (entitled Preparing For Your Museum Visit)
    English (PDF) | English (Accessible PDF) | French (PDF)
  • UbiDuo 2-Way Communication Device
  • Braille Visitor Information Brochures (in English and French)

For more information about the Explore-Abilities Access Program, please contact Allie Alsop, Director of Education and Exhibits, at 204.924.4003 or

Upcoming Explore-Abilities Morning Events

Please choose one of the following events to learn more:

How To Register
Contact our Sales & Bookings Coordinator at 204.924.4005 or complete the online registration request form here to register for any of these Explore-Abilities Events. Please register early, as events can fill quickly!

I Can Pretend! Explore-Abilities After School Drama Program

***Effective March 16, 2020, the remainder of this session has been CANCELLED*** Click here to learn more.

Dates: Wednesdays from February 5 – March 25, 2020
Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Cost: $80.00 per participant

Get ready for new adventures! Your children will laugh, learn, and rejoice in the power of dramatic play. Teacher-led improvisation, short scenes, story theatre, puppets, and crafts will nurture creativity and assist children in developing imaginative play and social skills. Listening and sharing will be the main focus of this class.

Following one hour of instruction with I Can Pretend!, participants will have exclusive access to the galleries featuring the sensory-friendly adaptations we offer for our Explore-Abilities Mornings.

I Can Pretend! is an innovative drama-based program that teaches children with autism how to play with peers and form relationships. Created by a seasoned drama educator and parent of a child on the autism spectrum, this program uses best practice teaching for children with autism including modelling, picture activity schedules, familiar routines, repetition and reward.

This program is suitable for children ages 5 – 9.

How You Can Help

The Explore-Abilities Access Program is funded through donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals in our community. Your gift enables us to further develop and expand the Explore-Abilities Access Program, allowing greater numbers of children of all abilities to experience the many opportunities we have to offer.

We offer the following ways to give:

  1. By Phone: Call 204.924.4010
  2. By Mail or Fax: Complete and return the Donation Form (PDF) to:
    Children’s Museum, 45 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4T6
    Fax: 204.956.2122
  3. In Person: Visit our Admissions Desk to make your donation in person.
  4. Online: We accept all major credit cards, Interac Online, PayPal transfers, and monthly giving options through CanadaHelps. To make an online donation, please click the link below.

Explore-Abilities Access Program Supporters

The 2019-2020 Explore-Abilities Access Program was made possible by the following supporters:

  • The Bertram Austin Goodman, May Easton McLaren Goodman, and Dorothy Jean Goodman Foundation