Northlandz Model Railroad Museum in Flemington has been adored for years by train-loving kids and adults alike. It’s home to the biggest miniature railroad display in the world, not to mention an 12-acre outdoor train ride, a big indoor playland and tons of exhibits. Later this month, it’ll also boast sensory-friendly accommodations.
The new Inclusion Zone is a 300-square-foot space open to all visitors with sensory issues. Kids with special needs can take advantage of cozy seats, weighted blankets, noise-cancelling headphones, sensory toys and more.
It was created in partnership with Inclusion Festival, a nonprofit dedicated to making the world more inclusive and accessible. As part of the organization’s Sensory-Friendly Project, Northlandz staff will be trained in working with guests with special needs. Resources for guests will include a guide to the facility equipped with a learning tool for those on the autism spectrum that’ll help them manage expectations and anticipate certain situations at the museum.
Northlandz is also home to the La Peep Doll House doll museum, a 2,000-pipe theatre organ, a replica of an 1890s steam train and a range of art galleries. In addition to the Inclusion Zone, Northlandz now has fresh paint, new floors and newly renovated train displays. The sensory-friendly space opens on Thursday, September 26 at the 5 pm ribbon cutting ceremony.
Northlandz is located at 495 Rte. 202 in Flemington. Admission is $15/ages 2-12 and $20/ages 12-62. For more information, call 908-782-4022 or visit northlandz.com.