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Children's Activity Event, Sat 22 Feb 2020, free entry





West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue

date event
Thu 16 Jan - Sun 29 Mar The Forgotten Showman
Sat 15 - Sun 23 Feb A CBBC Games Half Term
Sat 15 - Sun 23 Feb Wonderlab
Mon 17 - Fri 21 Feb Hidden Treasures Tour
Sat 22 Feb Early Birds
Fri 6 Mar IWD - My Skills My Life


Early Birds is a special event for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, an anxiety disorder, or a Special Educational Need that means they would benefit from a quieter, more relaxed museum opening.

The museum will open early—at 08.30—and will be available exclusively for our Early Birds guests until 10.00, when we open our doors to the general public.

Entry and activities are free. Early Birds visitors can also enjoy an autism friendly film screening at reduced ticket prices.


Free Special event
Date: Saturday 22 February 2020
Time: 08.30–10.00
Price: Free; booking required

Book free tickets

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What’s on
Film screening
Useful information

What’s on at Early Birds

Early Birds is a great way to explore the museum at a quiet time, away from the hustle and bustle of crowds.
•Join in some fun CBBC Games activities in Gallery 1 and Makespace
•Wonderlab is full of amazing sights and sounds, and there will be a sensory play area in the Wonderlab Studio
•Most of our other galleries will be open for families to explore and play with interactive exhibits
•The Kodak Gallery will have screens and sounds turned off to ensure a quieter space
•The Café will be opening early to serve breakfast

After 10.00, families are of course welcome to stay and continue to enjoy their visit to the museum.

Film screening

As part of the event, there will be an autism friendly film screening of StarDog and TurboCat (U). Meet pet superheroes Buddy and Felix in this madcap adventure!

During the screening, low lights will be left on in the auditorium and the volume of the soundtrack will be reduced. It’s fine for you to move around, make noise or take a break during the film.

Tickets are available at the special reduced rate of £3. Buy your tickets at the box office on the day, or book online.

Useful information

The museum staff working on the day have received training from Specialist Autism Services.

Our special access guide can help you prepare for your visit.

You can find more information about access and facilities at the museum on our accessibility page.

You might also be interested in our BAFTA Young Game Designers autism friendly workshops on 6–7 February 2020.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 22 Feb 2020 08:30 to 10:00


Free entry

This tour free, but a ticket is required. Book your free tickets online.



See location of National Science and Media Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 161327  Lat: 53.79091 Long: -1.75609

By Road:
One mile from end of M606.

By Public Transport:
Come out of Bradford Interchange, turn left at The BradfordHotel, follow signs to museum. The museum is a five minute walk from the Interchange.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Bradford Interchange station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality