Junior Museum & Zoo
4050 Middlefield Road
We welcome people of all abilities. We design our experiences to be accessible to visitors with physical and developmental disabilities.
At the JMZ, you will find:
- Accessibility Resources, available for check out during your visit
- A Calming Nook area, a place to rest with sensory support materials
- A Social Story to help prepare your children for a visit. Please download the Social Story in English or the Social Story in Spanish
- Exhibits that are designed according to the Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design
- Wheelchair accessible exhibits, or exhibits that have a component so that a child or parent in a wheelchair may interact with visitors using the exhibit
- Multi-sensory, hands-on exhibits that engage different abilities depending on a child’s strengths
- Signage designed to be legible to people with vision impairments
- Experiences for visitors with vision and hearing impairments
- A welcoming and engaging experience for people with autism and other developmental disabilities
- Trained staff that is accommodating to your child’s special needs – please ask if you need any assistance
- Accessible parking
Super Family Sundays Events
Periodically, we have free events for families who have children with special needs. See our Upcoming Events page to learn more.
Field Trips for Children with Disabilities
If you would like to schedule a field trip for your group with special needs, please call (650) 329-2111 to make a reservation. Fee: $5 per student. Teachers and adult chaperones are free. We will do our best to tailor an experience to accommodate your group and any special needs.
Volunteer Opportunities for People with Disabilities
We welcome volunteers who have physical or developmental disabilities. Children must be at least 14 years old. To discuss volunteer opportunities, please call (650) 617-3100 ext.1463 or email Lisa.Eriksen@cityofpaloalto.org
Plan Your Visit Time
If you would like to visit the JMZ when it tends to be quieter and less crowded, we suggest visiting during the school year between noon and 2 pm. Summers and school holidays are often busy all day long.
Photos from our past Super Family Sunday events:
During our Super Family Sunday events, trained staff tailor experiences to your child. Often, a special animal to touch will be brought out with touchable animal artifacts to increase the sensory experience. A science activity is also developed for each event. Our goal is to give each family a chance to experience the magic of the museum and zoo in a quieter setting.
Photo credit: Veronica Weber