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Events for Kids with Autism

Events for Families Touched by Autism

February is full of sensory-friendly and supportive activities for children and families touched by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). From autism-friendly movie screenings to sensory sensitive storytimes at Hopebridge, here is a peek at the events in your community this season:

Autism-Friendly Happenings at Hopebridge and in Your Community in March

Find the events near you:

Indiana

Chuck E. Cheese: Sensory Sensitive Sundays 

3/1/20 | 9 a.m.

Chuck E. Cheese is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month at participating locations, opening our stores two hours before their normal opening time. Our Sensory Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that work to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit. We realize that the Chuck E. experience can be very stimulating for any child, so our mission is to create an event that allows ALL kids to be a kid. For more information, visit the Chuck E. Cheese website.

Castleton Chuck E. Cheese, 5501 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250

Sensory Friendly Hours at Sky Zone Indy South

3/14/20 | 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Our sensory-friendly program is specifically designed for our special needs jumpers! Enjoy the freedom of jumping in a quieter, toned-down environment with others of similar sensitivity. For more information, visit the Sky Zone website.

4150 Kildeer Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46237

 

Sensory Friendly Moving Screening: Onward 

3/14/20 | 11:00 a.m.

Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie. The sensory friendly screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings (parental guidance is always suggested). Adult tickets are available at before-noon price. Special Needs Screenings are shown at 11:00am at all SMG locations except EpiCentre. For more information, please visit the Studio Movie Grill website.

3535 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268

 

Ohio

Sensory Friendly Ballet of The Snow Queen, a Frozen Fairy Tale

3/13/20 | 6:00-7:45 p.m.

Consistent with the mission to bring the art of dance to all audiences, BXO is proud to offer this first sensory friendly ballet on Friday, March 13, at the Akron Civic Theatre, for those with autism and sensory sensitivities. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Ballet to start at 6:30. For more information, please visit the Event website.

Akron Civic Theatre, 182 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44308

 

Strike It Big for Milestones

3/15/20 | 11:00 a.m.

All donations to this event enable Milestones Autism Resources to continue offering our free autism Helpdesk, a service that allows families to connect with professional staff for personal guidance, local autism resources and individualized information at each stage of their child’s development. For more information, visit the Event website.

5619 Brecksville Road, Independence, OH

Kentucky

Sensory-Friendly Storytime

3/7/20 | 10:15-11:00 a.m.

This storytime is designed for families with children with autism spectrum disorders, or other sensory integration issues, and their typically developing peers. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs, and activities might be just what you are looking for. Ages 0-8. For more information, visit the Louisville Free Public Library website.

Highlands/Shelby Park, 1250 Bardstown Road, LouisvilleKY USA 40204

 

Sensory Friendly Film: Sonic The Hedgehog

3/14/20 | 11:00 a.m

Our Sensory-Friendly Film screenings provide a special opportunity for those living with autism or other sensory processing disorders to enjoy their favorite films in a sensory-friendly setting. The lights in our auditorium will be turned up slightly brighter than usual and the sound will be lowered. For more information, visit the Event website.

Crowne Pointe Theatre, 2908 Dolphin Drive, Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701

Georgia

Sensory Friendly Concert
3/7/20 | 2:00 p.m.

The Georgia Symphony’s annual Sensory Friendly Concert returns to present great music in a sensory friendly environment. With limited seating and carefully crafted (but not watered down) selections of music, this performance is great for those that require a space free of the standard confines of a classical performance. Attendees are able to move about, dance, sing in their seats (or change seats multiple times), wave arms in the air, and be themselves while enjoying a live classical music performance experience. For more information, visit the Autism Speaks website.

Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, MariettaGA 30064

Sensory Friendly Event 
3/9/20 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

During this special event, the Garden will be open exclusively for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities and their families. Join us to explore the beautiful spring Garden and engage with learning and art stations. For more information, visit the Event website.

Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Kids Fair & Summer Camp Expo

3/14/20 | 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Kids Fair & Summer Camp Expo is free to the public! There will be inflatables, games, magic, face paintings, balloon animals and demos of dancing, martial arts, cooking, circus arts and more. There will also be an opportunity to adopt a furry new family member, along with finding out more information for a summer camp for your kids! For more information, visit the North Atlanta Kids Directory website.

 Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041

Sensory Storytime
3/17/20 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Explore books, music, movement, and play in a sensory-friendly setting. This storytime is designed for children ages 3-6 of all abilities, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, or have other special needs. For individual children and their accompanying adult(s). For more information, visit the Gwinnett County Public Library website.

Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee, GA 30024

Come join other Hopebridge parents at these events and more throughout the season by visiting our center location pages or Facebook page. Please feel free to share your photos with us on social media, too!