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Relaxed Opening @ The National Museum of Computing, Milton Keynes

February 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Relaxed Openings

This special morning has been created so that families with Autistic children can enjoy the museum together. The museum is either closed or very quiet with areas set aside especially for your family. As well as visiting our world leading collection there are also special activities for you to do. Housing the world’s largest collection of working historic computers, the Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the large systems and mainframes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s and beyond.

Our new Microsoft partner activity –

“ In this Relaxed Opening, Microsoft will be holding session(s) focusing on Accessibility where you will have the opportunity to learn about the accessibility tools available in Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Office and Edge. This interactive session will help with reading and writing skills- making schoolwork a lot more fun! You will also have the chance to create an amazing 3D model using Paint 3D and have a go at some Mixed Reality too; what you create is completely up to you- it could be a superhero, a pizza or even your dream pet! “

Explore the museum and take part in drop-in activities. Especially suitable for visitors with autism or other special needs, and their siblings, parents and carers.

Enjoy Augmented Reality trails, family trails with hands-on activities, programming and a chill-out zone. All drop-in sessions, so stay for as long as you wish.

Please visit the museum’s website to view our visual story and sensory map, which can help people to prepare for their visit: https://www.tnmoc.org/accessibility

Registration is required to try to ensure that the event works to everyone’s benefit – if you have any questions, you can also email us.

We are delighted that we are able to offer these sessions to you free of charge. This is due to the support of our sponsors and volunteers. However as you can imagine putting the session on is not without cost to the organisation. Don’t worry we are not going to ask you for any money but… unfortunately previous sessions have had a large number of people who booked tickets and then did not come. This was very disappointing and frustrating as these events are extremely popular. We were showing as fully booked and were turning people away who wanted to come. Imagine how disappointed your would be as a family if you couldn’t come to an event like this.

While I understand that things crop up that are out of your control, can I ask you please to consider if you are able to use the tickets and if you know that you can not please cancel them so that someone can take your place.

What people say about the Relaxed Opening sessions:

My sons had a super time, the interactive activities were great and kept them both engaged. Your team were most helpful and great with the children.

Our boys both loved it… Ordinarily, after a few hours one son is on edge, on the verge of overload. They say living with autism is like living life in a disco … I want to comment about your staff, … They were utterly brilliant. Patient, understanding, tremendously knowledgeable, they explained things in such an accessible way, there was always someone available.

My seven-year-old and my friend’s two boys had a wonderful time and I really appreciated the opportunity for them to enjoy something they would otherwise fund quite challenging.

They obviously loved the gaming areas, enjoyed making the stickman hit the fruit. The staff in the BBC [micro] area were lovely. In fact the tips about getting children coding have already been implemented and they have been using the site that was recommended. My husband wants to come next time!

A huge thank you for organising the relaxed session. It makes a huge difference to families like mine to be able to get out.

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