Every month we will share events that are just for our kiddos with special needs. Be sure to verify dates and times with venues as they can change. Also, be sure to RSVP for those who require it.
This Month’s Events (Non-monthly)
- Halloween Event at Frerich’s Farm, Warren RI. October 5th, 2019. Free. Individuals with autism and their families can join in the fun with the bouncy house, western town, pirate ship, scavenger hunt, bubble table, and food. You must have a ticket to enter the party and RSVPs are required to attend. The rain date is Oct. 6.
- Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) Sensory Sensitive Saturday, Oct 5 RIMOSA opens 2 hours early, with accommodations for those who are sensory sensitive, on the 1st Saturday of the month.
- Halloween Family Dance Party Friday, October 18, 2019, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm in Framingham. Registration is a must, as space is limited. This event is FREE to families, thanks to our friends at the Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism.
- Strategies to Build Social Competencies October 16 – 18
Join us in the Greater Boston Area to gain evidence-based strategies to help people in every stage of life improve their social competencies, including self-regulation, social-emotional learning, executive functioning, perspective-taking, and social problem-solving.
- Autism Awareness Night with The Blue Man Group Oct 19th. This autism-friendly performance is suitable for individuals and families affected by autism and other sensory-related issues. Slight modifications will be made to the show, including the reduction of sound and light levels at select moments. * Headphones will be available upon request * The Blue Men will limit their level of direct audience interaction.
* A calming environment will be created in the Charles Playhouse Lounge for anyone seeking a break from the high-energy fun of the show
* In partnership with the Autism Speaks New England Chapter.
- Children’s Museum Family Autism Night October 25th, 2019. For families with Family Autism Night at the Easton Children’s MuseumAutistic children age 10 and under. All three floors of the Museum will be open to provide a quieter option for play. Free of charge to all families with kids on the autism spectrum, but pre-registration is required.
- Sensory-Friendly Halloween Party in Peabody October 27, Free to all children wearing a costume. A safe setting for your child to practice trick-or-treating before the big day. Treat bags will be provided. * The Recreational and Education Center’s Sensory-Friendly Halloween party allow youth to practice Trick-or-Treating in a safe environment with activities and prizes. The Rec program assists those with special needs, such as but and not limited to; Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, ADHD and more for ages 3 – 22.
- Barnes and Noble Framingham Sensory-Friendly Shopping Event Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:00 am 1 Worcester Road, Framingham Our store will be opening early, for a special quiet shopping hour for families. Ask how a percentage of your purchase on this day can benefit the Autism Alliance.
- Wings For Autism at Boston’s Logan Airport. Saturday, November 2, 2019. Wings for Autism is a free, half-day event, where parents and their children with special needs are able to familiarize themselves with the airport and travel procedures. You MUST RSVP for this event.
- Georgia Race for Autism Oct 5th. 10K, 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run, 100-yard dash, and Tot Trot, Fall Festival and resource/vendor fair. USTAF certified course Gwinnett Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville.
- Sensory Friendly Halloween Party October 19, 2019, at 12 PM – 2 PM Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA
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.
- OCT 5: ABOMINABLE
- OCT 19: ADDAMS FAMILY
- OCT 26: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
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*
- Oct 5th Abominable
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.
- Oct 5 Abominable
- Nov 2 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
- Dec 2 Frozen 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!
- Oct 19 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
- Dec 7 Frozen 2
We are now expanding our Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month. The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday.
- Oct 8 Joker
- Oct 12 Abominable
- Oct 22 Zombieland 2: Double Tap
- Oct 26 The Addams Family
On the second and fourth Saturday at 10:30.
- October 12th The Addams Family
- October 26th Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
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, 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. Sensory Friendly Afternoons. 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.
On 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 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.
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.
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 to 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.
SENSORY-FRIENDLY NIGHTS FOR JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank will feature four sensory-friendly evenings – October 31 – November 3, from 5 to 6 pm – for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families.
Hosting events that cater to children on the spectrum but are not exclusive to youngsters with autism.
Storytime and more for those with sensory issues.
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
- Monday, October 14, 2019 (Columbus Day) from 8 am to 10 am
- Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm – Evening Edition!
- Monday, December 30, 2019 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.
- Oct 5th
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.
- Oct 5
- Oct 19
- Nov 2
- Nov 16
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.
193 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury OR 30 Worcester Road, Framingham Burtons in Shrewsbury and Framingham will host a monthly Autism Welcoming Dining Event on the first Tuesday of every month, from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Please stop in and check out all the wonderful accommodations they have in place including a NEW Visual Menu.
227 Turnpike Rd, Westborough Red Heat Tavern will host Autism Welcoming Dining Events on the third Tuesday of every month, from 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Please stop in and check out all the wonderful accommodations they have in place including a NEW visual menu.
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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