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Autism Family Day

Franklin Park Zoo

April 27, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Zoo New England and Bailey’s Team for Autism are hosting the fifth annual Autism Family Day at Franklin Park Zoo.


Advance registration on or before April 20 required. Deadline will be strictly enforced.

We're offering free entry to individuals on the autism spectrum, and Bailey’s Team is supporting the cost of one additional family member or caretaker. A discounted fee applies for all other family members ($19.95 adults, ages 13+, $12.95 children, ages 2-12). The event will include activities like arts and crafts for both children and adults, as well as a table with information about local organizations and support services.

You must register in advance on or before April 20 to be eligible for the free and discounted tickets.  All guests registered by April 20 will receive a free goody bag provide by Bailey's team. 

Please note:

  • Please enter through the ZEBRA entrance at One Franklin Park Road and visit the Bailey’s Team registration table. Please DO NOT enter through the GIRAFFE entrance.
  • Check-in is between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Guests will receive a gift card provided by the Flutie Foundation to use at the cafe and gift shop.
  • A tented area will be available to our patrons for lunch or for a safe space to take a break during your time at the Zoo.
  • Event is rain or shine.

Please contact Bailey's Team with any questions regarding this event. 

Resources for Guests with Sensory Processing Needs

Kulture City Bag

We’ve partnered with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist guests with sensory needs. Through KultureCity's certification process, Zoo staff have been trained by leading medical professionals on how to best accommodate guests with sensory needs. Additionally, we now offer the following resources:

Sensory Bags
Sensory bags containing fidget tools, verbal cue cards, noise canceling headphones and other resources are available for checkout (at no cost by leaving an ID) at our admissions booths.

Communication Boards
You'll find these visual communication tools in our playground across from the Giraffe Savannah, and in our Nature's Neighborhoods exhibit. Zoo map

Social Story

KultureCity App
Download the free KultureCity App to view sensory features available during your visit, including locations for Quiet Zones and Headphone Zones.