Sensory Events

Monthly Special Needs Events

 Special Needs Events – DECEMBER 2018


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. 


Special Event(s) For This Month Only (OR Upcoming Soon)


  • Sensory Santa Visits



Lenox Square: Caring Santa

Mall of Georgia – Caring Santa

Town Center at Cobb – Caring Santa

Sugarloaf Mills – Caring Santa

Valdosta Mall – Caring Santa

North Georgia Premium Outlets – Caring Santa


Arbor Place – Caring Santa

The Battery – Low Sensory Santa Experience

Atlantic Station – Santa Cares

Southlake Mall  – Santa Cares

Duluth’s Christmas House – Caring Santa Visit For Special Needs Families



  • First Annual Children’s Holiday Sing-Along Saturday, December 1st, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, in Framingham.
  • Sunday Open Gym This program takes place every Sunday, in Natick, from December 2, 2018, through March 31, 2019.
  • December 22nd, 10 a.m., 2018. Cinemagic hosts sensory friendly movies.  Sturbridge, MA,  Mary Poppins Returns
  • Foxboro, December 27th, 10 a.m.& 2 p.m. Free of charge to individuals with special needs and their families. The Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center / Orpheum Theatre Foxborough is offering an event where they turn the lights up and turn the sound down so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing, including a dance studio to let off some energy. Incredibles 2







Studio Movie Grill Special Needs Screenings

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. 



Cinemaworld Lincoln

This showing features adjusted lighting and sound to cater to persons on the autism spectrum. On the first Saturday of every month, CinemaWorld welcomes all families to enjoy a Sensory Friendly film with dimmed lighting, low sound and a Trained and Caring staff, to provide an optimal viewing experience.  Special snacks are permitted (due to dietary restrictions and/or allergies)  All family members are Welcome to Attend!  *Facility will open at 9:15 a.m. for early entry*



Showcase Cinemas and Autism Speaks
Join us the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 am through December at these participating locations:
Warwick, RI, Randolph, MA, Revere, MA and Milbury, MA.



NCG Cinemas

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! 

  • The Polar Express

AMC Sensory Friendly Films

We are now expanding our Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month.  The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday. 

  • 12/22: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse




Sensations TheraFun
A self-serve multi-sensory activity fun center for the entire family. They offer 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. 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.

Stone Summit

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.

Special Needs Sensory and their families at The Center For Puppetry Arts

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 with 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, Jan 6, 2019, Squirrel Stole My Underpants  As Sylvie hangs laundry in the backyard, a mischievous squirrel runs off with her favorite piece of clothing! When she gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket. Featuring live music!


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. 


Explore The Museum: Early Hours’ events for special needs children and their families at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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. 

  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1


SENSORY FRIENDLY BROWSING HOUR, ALL AGES with Gwinnett County Public Libraries  – new program and not all location yet.

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 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 for families with special needs- the library is not open to the general public during this time frame.


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 mixture 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.


Greenville Public Library

Greenville Public Library is also hosting events that cater to children on the spectrum but are not exclusive to youngsters with autism. Babs Wells, children’s librarian, explained that children ages 12 and younger are welcome to “sensory-friendly” storytime.


Sky Zone (Providence, RI)



Boston Children’s Museum

The Morningstar Access program offers children with special needs/medical needs the opportunity to visit the Museum at a time when there are only a few other visitors. At these times, we have a limit of 100 guests, and children and their families can explore the Museum with less concern about infections and large crowds.

  • Preregistration is required! For more information contact: Saki Iwamoto, Health, and Wellness Educator, 617-986-3697


The Discovery Museums

The Especially for Me event series offers dedicated hours and free museum admission for families facing developmental challenges. During these events, we offer accommodations that increase access to museum exhibits and provide an opportunity for families to network with one another in an understanding environment.  All our events are free but require pre-registration online through the links here, so that we can plan appropriately. Dinner, including gluten-free options, is available at all evening events.

  • Sensory-Friendly Afternoons (during public hours, but no school groups or birthday parties will be scheduled at this time) are on the following Tuesdays, 1:30 – 4:30pm: January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, October 2, November 6, and December 4.
  • Autism-Friendly Evenings (closed to the public) are on the following evenings, 5:00 – 8:00 pm: March 10, April 7, May 19, July 14, August 11, October 6, and November 17.
  • Evenings for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & KODA Children (closed to the public) are on the following evenings, 5:00 – 8:00 pm: March 24, April 28, July 28, and October 13.
  • Mornings for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & KODA Infants and Toddlers (closed to the public) will take place 9:30 am – 12:30 pm on Monday, April 2 and Monday, October 1.
  • Visually Impaired Family Evenings (closed to the public) will take place 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, November 3.


Boston Conservatory at Berklee   Bernard has built first-of-their-kind degree programs in music education and autism as a way to provide advanced, hands-on training for future teachers. Also, recently introduced an Autism-Friendly Performance (AFP) initiative, which presents an annual AFP on the main stage to individuals on the autism spectrum. The Boston Conservatory at Berklee is the first college ever to offer this type of programming.


The Museum of Work and Culture  SensAbilities Program” held on the second Saturday of each month, where families looking for a less crowded atmosphere and low sensory environment can enjoy the facility with sound and lighting adjustments.


Northeast Arc Recreation –  The Northeast Arc helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play. Daily activities and trips.   Vary by age, price, and registration.


SenseAbility Gym  SenseAbility Gym Incorporated is a nonprofit corporation serving special needs children in the greater Hopedale, Massachusetts area. Our mission is to provide a parent-led sensory gym, giving children with special needs a safe, fun, indoor area where they can play and accommodate their sensory needs. This is the first of its kind in the Metrowest area of Massachusetts. We are a welcoming place for children and families with all disabilities and abilities.


“Beyond the Spectrum” Autism/ASD Art Class  Boston, Museum of Fine Arts. For kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Artful Healing and Beyond the Spectrum offer a specially designed program for Autism Spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Drumlin Farm Accessible Programming.  LEAF at Drumlin Farm provides environmental education programs for people with accessibility and/or special needs.  They offer quality, accessible, curriculum-based programming for people of all abilities.

Urban Air Adventure Park (Bellingham) Sensory Friendly Play Time: The lights will be white and the music and video games will be shut off completely for the first hour (3-4), and be turned gradually from 4 – 5 pm Every Tuesday


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

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