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.
This Month’s Special Event:
Evening for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum August 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm with Mystic Aquarium FREE but you MUST pre-register and it is limited in the number of guests to keep crowds low. Visit www.mysticaquarium.org for details.
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.
- AUG 17: DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD
- AUG 24: ANGRY BIRDS 2
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*
- Aug 3 Spider-man: Far From Home
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.
- Aug 3 The Lion King
- Sept 7 Angry Birds 2
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!
- Family Free Movie Festival (entire family is free) Aug 9 – Sept 1
We are now expanding our Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month. The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday.
On the second and fourth Saturday at 10:30.
Join us for a series of special sensory events, designed for guests with sensory sensitivities, special needs or various physical abilities who might benefit from a less-crowded environment. These events will provide a quieter and calmer environment for guests to explore the full museum as well as experience a sensory-friendly movie in the Giant Screen Theater.
Museum Early Access | 9 am Explore less-crowded indoor exhibits and outdoor offerings at your own pace, an hour before our normal opening.
Giant Screen Movie* | 10 am Enjoy a modified screening with brightened lights, lowered volume and no need for 3D glasses.
Enjoy both the Museum and the Movie or just One.
- Saturday, August 24 Featured movie: to be announced
- Saturday, December 7 Featured movie: to be announced
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 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™
- Oct 13, 2019 SPACE!People of Earth, prepare to be amazed! Blast off with an alien rock-n-roll band on a galactic journey of discovery. This original, out-of-this-world musical is a fun-filled exploration of the final frontier!
- Nov 17, 2019 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage. You won’t want to miss it!
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.
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 for families with special needs- the library is not open to the general public during this time frame.
Every 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.
Children with special needs and their siblings get 50% off admissions on the first Tuesday every month at 4 pm – closing time.
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.
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.
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.
This is 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.
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.
Burtons will host a monthly Autism Welcoming Dining Event on the first Tuesday of every month, from 3:00 – 6:30 pm. Please stop in and check out all the wonderful accommodations they have in place.
New England Aquarium Sensory Inclusive Morning Access
The Aquarium has partnered with KultureCity to help people with special sensory-processing needs to enjoy their visit. On
March 3, June 2, September 8, and December 8, the Aquarium will open at 8 a.m. exclusively for people with special sensory processing needs and their families. The building opens to the public at 9 a.m., but building modifications will remain in place until 10 a.m. Sensory bags, which include fidget items, noise-canceling headphones, and other resources will be available to borrow at our Information Desk.
The New England Aquarium has partnered with KultureCity to help people with special sensory processing needs to enjoy their visit. Kits, which include fidget tools, noise-canceling headphones, and other resources, may be checked out at the Information Desk by leaving a driver’s license or another form of identification. Guests may also use the first aid station for a few minutes of privacy if needed. The Aquarium’s frontline staff has received training designed to raise their awareness of sensory processing needs to make the Aquarium a more welcoming place for all to visit. Visitors can also download the KultureCity All-Inclusive App to get a social story to further help with your visit.
Sensory-friendly days at Carousel Village. This seasonal program runs June – August on the first Tuesday of each month. Those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore and enjoy Carousel Village. For maximum comfort, there will be no music or indoor lights. The Carousel, bounce house and playground will be open to the public, as well as train and pony rides (weather permitting).
Sensory-Friendly – Roger Williams Park Zoo offers many accommodations for visitors with cognitive disabilities to help guests fully enjoy their Zoo experience. The Zoo has recently partnered with Kulture City to allow guests with autism and other sensory-processing disorders get better resources and support as they experience all the zoo has to offer.
Rise & Play: Sensory-Friendly Mornings in our Big Backyard designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests. Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am.
- Tuesday, August 6th
- Saturday, August 17th
- Tuesday, September 3rd
- Saturday, September 21st
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.
Designed for children ages 4 and up with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. If your child has difficulty sitting through storytimes, this program of stories, songs, and activities might help your child.
EVERY SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, 8 AM – 10 AM (CALL AHEAD TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT)
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, Iwamoto@BostonChildrensMuseum.org 617-986-3697
- Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 6 pm to 8 pm – Evening Edition!
- Monday, September 2, 2019 (Labor Day) from 8 am to 10 am
- Monday, October 14, 2019 (Columbus Day) from 8 am to 10 am
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 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.
- Free Sensory-Friendly Afternoons (during public hours, but no school groups or birthday parties will be scheduled at this time) are on the following dates:
March 5, 2019, April 2, 2019, May 7, 2019, June 4, 2019, October 1, 2019, November 5, 2019, December 3, 2019
- Free Autism-Friendly Evenings (closed to the public) are on the following evenings:
March 9, 2019, April 27, 2019, June 1, 2019, July 13, 2019,September 28, 2019, November 16, 2019,
- Free Evenings for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & KODA Children (closed to the public) are on the following evenings, 5:00 – 8:00 pm:
April 13, 2019, August 10, 2019, November 2, 2019
- Free Mornings for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, & KODA Infants and Toddlers (closed to the public) will take place 9:30 am – 12:30 pm on
March 25, 2019,October 7, 2019
- Free Visually Impaired Family Evenings (closed to the public) will take place from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on
May 11, 2019,and October 19, 2019
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.
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. ALSO Made-to-Order Monday open to schools and development centers who wish to experience the Museum in an environment that supports their needs.
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.
- Aug 3rd
- Aug 17th
- Sept 7th
- Sept 21
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. Our comprehensive adapted educational programming is taught by our trained teacher-naturalists, who ensure that our programming is inclusive for a broad range of abilities.
Academy MetroWest Sunday Open Gym (by Autism Alliance of MetroWest) Come spend some quality family time while promoting community skills development in a therapeutic environment. No registration necessary, just drop in! Children 10:00am – 1:00pm. Ages 14 and up 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Be sure to verify they are holding sessions.
V.I.P. Time – The first Tuesday of each month from 6-8 pm, Launch will offer a sensory-friendly experience with low lights and sounds.
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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