Sensory Friendly Evenings

Aug. 30 | 3 to 7 p.m.

Included with Zoo admission | Free for members | No event registration required

As part of our work to create accessible and welcoming spaces for all, the Detroit Zoo will turn down the music and adjust the lights during special evenings this summer.

Starting in June, the Detroit Zoo is hosting three Sensory Friendly Evenings for guests with different sensory needs. Sensory Friendly Evenings will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. June 28, July 24 and Aug. 30. During these times, the Zoo and its attractions will be open to all visitors, but special accommodations will be in place to ensure the Zoo can be enjoyed by families and individuals of all abilities. Gates close at 6:30 p.m. on Sensory Friendly Evenings.


What accommodations can I expect during Sensory Friendly Evenings?

  • Reduced music volume at gate entry
  • Reduced volume and adjusted lighting inside the Polk Penguin Conservation Center’s Shackleton experience
  • Limited effects and adjusted lighting in the 4D Theater
  • Reduced sound on the BRICKLIVE trail
  • Altered music on the Carousel
  • KultureCity sensory bags equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools and verbal cue cards will be available to guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Guests can check out the bags at Customer Care and the Park Safety Office.
  • Weighted lap pads and strobe glasses are available upon request.
  • A dedicated sensory room is available for those who may need a quieter and more secure space.

Do I need to purchase tickets to Sensory Friendly Evenings?

Sensory Friendly Evenings are included with your purchase of admission to the Detroit Zoo June 28, July 24 and Aug. 30. Usual ticket rates apply. Sensory Friendly Evenings are free for members.