Every month we will share events that are just for our kiddos with special needs. Be sure to verify date and times with venues as they can change. Also, be sure to RSVP for those who require it.
Sept Special Event(s)
Help support the Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett and register at rideforspecialneeds.org for a police-escorted ride (motorcycle or classic car) beginning in Lawrenceville and ending at Rhodes Jordan Park, where you can enjoy an Outdoor Play Day Celebration with FREE family activities.
The Georgia Race for Autism will begin and end at Gwinnett Fairgrounds. Fall Festival, 8:00 am– 12:00 pm First Saturday in October – Lots of GREAT activities for the whole family.
Studio Movie Grill and Official Sponsors are pleased to sponsor a private screening of a family-friendly movie every month. Special needs children and their siblings are free. All other tickets are just $6.
SEP 30: LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE
OCT 14: MY LITTLE PONY
NOV 11: THOR: RAGNAROK
A sensory friendly movie is a movie which is shown without previews, the sound is not as loud as a regular movie, and the lights are not as dim. You can also talk, shout, scream and run around the movie theater during these movies!
We are now expanding our Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month. The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday.
Sept 9: Leap!
Sept 12: It
Sept 23: Lego Ninjago
Sept 26: Kingsman The Golden Circle
A self-serve multi-sensory activity fun center for the entire family. It offers a wide range of services to families to satisfy the sensory needs of their children. It gives parents, kids, and therapists an additional place for therapy, outside of the therapists’ office that is fun for kids and their families. It is most effective for kids being seen by a private therapist. Yet, Sensations TheraFun is a great place for kids ranging from those currently in therapy or those who just need a good place to play.
Chuck E Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays
Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. We now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit.
The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes:
1. Less crowding and noise
2. Dimmed lighting
3. Show and music turned off or down
4. Limited appearances by Chuck E.
5. Food and games are offered
ALBANY – 2601 DAWSON ROAD, ALBANY, GA 31707
ALPHARETTA – 925 NORTH POINT DRIVE, ALPHARETTA, GA 30022
ATHENS – 3654-I ATLANTA HWY, ATHENS, GA 30606
ATLANTA – 2990 CUMBERLAND BLVD. SE, ATLANTA, GA 30339
AUGUSTA – 3435 WRIGHTSBORO RD, AUGUSTA, GA 30909
BUFORD – 1690 MALL OF GEORGIA BLVD, BUFORD, GA 30519
COLUMBUS – 3201 MACON RD, COLUMBUS, GA 31906
JONESBORO – 335 UPPER RIVERDALE ROAD, JONESBORO, GA 30236
KENNESAW – 827 BARRETT PARKWAY, KENNESAW, GA 30144
MACON – 3374 MERCER UNIVERSITY DR, MACON, GA 31204
SAVANNAH – 6700 ABERCORN, SAVANNAH, GA 31405
The Pinnacle Team offers children and adolescents with various special needs rock climbing instruction that encourage social skills and relationship development. This program is tailored for high-functioning individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, among other developmental disabilities or delays. Head Coach, Scott Gross has a Master’s degree in education, focused on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
This special early-entry morning will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to experience the Worlds of Puppetry Museum and specialized educational activities in a sensory-friendly environment. Guests will be welcomed to activities (including guided storytelling as well as touch tables) by Center for Puppetry Arts staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.
12-1pm: Museum exhibits/1pm: Performance/1:45-2:30pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops™
Sun, October 1, 2017
E.B. White’s award-winning tale of unlikely friendship will have you cheering, “Terrific,terrific, terrific!”
The 3 Little Pigs and More
Sun, October 29, 2017
Fantastic folk tales from around the world come to life with a menagerie of zany characters! Featuring The Frog Prince, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Three Little Pigs.
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
Join the Southern Museum on the last Tuesday of each month for a tootin’ afternoon. The adapted museum setting includes sound effects and volume adjustments. Especially relevant to this experience is the designated Quiet Room for patrons who need additional support. Southern provides a social story to learn about visiting and what to expect.
The first Saturday of every month, the Museum will open at 9 AM for families with children on the autism spectrum or children with sensory processing disorders. Sensory Friendly Saturdays include a sensory modified setting, limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments. Admission will be $5 per person for non-members and free for members. Call Reservations at 404-527-3693 to book your space or purchase tickets online.
- September 2
- October 7
- November 4
- December 2
All families of children with special needs are welcome to experience a quieter and calmer library all to themselves once a month on Sunday mornings at two select Gwinnett County Public Library branches. Visit gwinnettpl.org for more information and to watch a special social story designed to help prepare your children for a library visit. This is a special event to families with special needs- the library is not open to the general public during this time frame.
SENSORY STORYTIME Hamilton Mill Branch 10/22/2017 @ 3:00 pm
Catch Air Kidz Special Needs Nights (Snellville)
Every first and third Wednesday evening, Catch Air Kidz hosts a private, themed night for neurodiverse families. Guests explore the unique play areas for which Catch Air is known without the usual crowd. The facility also boasts free wifi.
Hippo Hopp Special Needs Night
Children with special needs and their siblings get 50% off admissions on the first Tuesday every month 4 pm – closing time.
iFly Atlanta All Abilities Night
During All Abilities Night, iFly provides an environment of earnest support and inclusion. Specially trained Flight Instructors assist each flyer during the event with extra attention and accommodations based on participant needs.
Popadoodle Kids Imagination Center
This interactive “dream playroom” is designed to spark creativity and artistic expression in every child. Play stations include painting, sand and jewelry art, Lego art and even a Fairy Garden! Held the third Saturday of every month, Sensory Saturdays begin at 9 am and feature a modified sensory setting. Drop-ins are also welcome, and pricing is $7/student.
Sky Zone Cares (Kennesaw)
Enjoy 60 minutes of jump time in a quieter, dimmer setting from 4-8 pm on select Tuesdays.
Adaptive Aquatics of Georgia can help develop your child’s swimming skills from learning to independently swim with their face in the water to pre-competitive stroke instruction. Every child learns differently and at their own pace. Adaptive Aquatics is very aware of this and prepared to teach children with all types of learning modalities and disabilities. They offer a learn to swim survival program, private one-on-one lessons, semi-private classes, and adapted group classes for children, teens, and adults with special needs.
Atlanta Soccer Association
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a program for young athletes with cognitive, emotional or physical disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age 8-19, who has a mental or physical disability. NASA’s TOPSoccer Program was developed and implemented for the purpose of providing athletes with special needs, a fun and safe soccer environment focusing on the player’s abilities, not his/her disability. In addition to focusing on the player’s abilities, NASA’s priority is to build the self-confidence of special athletes. Through NASA’s TOPSoccer Program, these special young athletes feel that they are an integral part of the North Atlanta Soccer Association.
The Georgia Ballet
The Dance-Ability program will be open to eight children per semester. The goal of the class is to give children with special needs a traditional dance class experience while tailoring the class to allow for their comfortable participation. A professional dance instructor will teach the dance class with support from teaching assistants who are assigned as needed to help the participating children on a one-on-one basis. Each participating student receives full tuition for the semester, a uniform for the class, a costume for an end-of-semester performance opportunity and five tickets to the year-end performance for their family. Funded by the Resurgens Foundation.
Moores of Atlanta Chinese Martial Arts
The Little Warrior program (ages 4-6) focuses on building skills such as hand-eye coordination, balance, self-defense and basic martial arts skills. They emphasize discipline and self-confidence as well as having fun! Kids will learn all of this mixed into one awesome program. The students that are in this program test approximately every 6 weeks on the material they have learned. The Shou Sho Warrior (ages 6-12) focuses on physical fitness, discipline, coordination, agility, building self-confidence, and creating a true self-defense skill. Students are required to know all material and maintain a certain level of discipline for their test based on their belt rank. Students are challenged to focus and have fun with the structure and pace of the class. Building character within kids is something that Moore’s is passionate about, in addition to tailoring classes for children with special needs.
Haven Hills Equestrian Center
This is a forty-three-acre farmland located in Fairburn, GA which offers riding lessons. Lessons include basic horse care, tacking up, and riding. They provide equine education for enthusiasts in a no-pressure, hands-on, family-friendly environment. Therapeutic horsemanship has been added as a service to cater to special needs children.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport – The Arc & Wings for Autism
Courtesy of the Airport and Delta Airlines, neurodiverse flyers now have a way to become better acclimated to plane travel. Hartsfield-Jackson’s multi-sensory room in Concourse F features a tactile activity panel, mini-crash pit and other soothing, supporting features. The airport also periodically holds a “rehearsal” to practice maneuvering through airports, going through security screening and boarding a plane.
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