Sensory-Friendly Activities in

Colorado

Sensory Friendly Relaxed Performances

From their website: SF Family Tree presents performances for families of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorder, or other conditions. SF Family Tree is a bi-monthly series designed to present performances in a relaxed, sensory-friendly way to ensure everyone has access to live entertainment at an affordable rate. 

Performers modify shows to ensure there are no startling noises or visually over-stimulating components. Our team keeps sound levels lower than normal and keeps the lights in the audience higher than normal, ensuring audience members can see each other. Audience members are free to come and go if need be (there is always a "safe room" available) and are asked to wave hands rather than clapping.

Just look for the SF Family Tree logo on the SHOW LISTING PAGE to select which show you'd like to attend and to purchase tickets. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming sensory-friendly performances.

Lone Tree Arts Center

10075 Commons Street

Lone Tree CO. 80124

720-509-1000

Lone Tree Arts Center

Summer Sensory Program

From their website: "Come experience the Summer Sensory program at York Street. We connect participants with plants in a safe, restful location while engaging their senses and providing social enrichment.

The Summer Sensory program offers tours of our fully accessible Sensory Garden, along with a hands­-on activity of your choice (and a take-­home plant for each participant):

  • Flower Arranging – Create a one­-of-­a­-kind, seasonal flower arrangement. Promotes hand­-eye coordination, fine motor skills and creative expression. Suitable for all levels of function.

  • Topiary – Create your own ivy topiary. Learn how to make a frame, transplant an ivy plant, and train the plant to grow on the frame. Promotes fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination, and creative expression. Suitable for all levels of function.

  • Sensory Container – Create your own sensory container that features unique plants for touch, scent, and sight. Promotes fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination, and sensory exploration. Suitable for all levels of function.

 

Shaded picnic areas are available for lunch before or after the program. Summer Sensory is offered by reservation only. Fill out a request form and email it to thprograms@botanicgardens.org or call 720­-865­-3613.

 

Availability: Mid-­May through the end of September

 

Time: One-­hour program, offered weekdays between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Cost: $90 for-­profits, $75 nonprofits (includes admission to the Gardens for a group of 12 participants plus staff, program costs and all materials)

 

Payment Info:

  • Payment is due upon booking.

  • Cancellations made at least one week prior to the program will receive a full refund.

  • Cancellations with less than one week notice (weather cancellations excepted) are not refundable. 

  • If a cancellation is made by the Gardens, we’ll reschedule.

 

Group Tour Only

Even if you don’t choose our Summer Sensory program, you are welcome to stroll the Sensory Garden on your own. Or bring your group for a guided tour through this cherished garden. To schedule a group tour, send email to thprograms@botanicgardens.org to receive an application form, or call 720­-865-­3613.

 

Cost: $30 for a 30­-minute tour (12 participants). Does not include activities or projects.

 

Summer Low Sensory Mornings

The Gardens will open early on select Saturdays at York Street for those who wish to connect with plants in a safe, restful location while engaging their senses and providing social enrichment.

 

This therapeutic horticulture program is intended to give individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less crowded environment a chance to see the Gardens before public hours and with limited attendance. During Low Sensory Mornings you are invited to explore the Gardens on your own or participate in various hands-on activities in the Sensory Garden that will inspire curiosity and awaken your senses.

 

Questions? Call 720-865-3500 or email thprograms@botanicgardens.org.

 

Time: 8-9 a.m. on select Saturdays

 

Cost: No cost, however you must register all attendees. Space is limited.

Register"

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York Street

Denver, CO 80206

720-865-3500

Denver Botanic Gardens

Sensory Friendly Playtime

From their website: For some children with autism or sensory processing disorders, a visit to a museum like WOW! is difficult or overstimulating. In 2015, we launched Sensory Friendly Playtime, a low sensory program where children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders can explore the Museum without the noise, crowds and stimulation of a typical day.

 

We limit the number of families who can attend, turn down sounds and lights, and provide adaptive equipment such as noise reducing headphones and weighted vests. When available, an occupational therapist or art therapist are on hand to help facilitate low sensory activities. Best of all, admission is completely free for participating families thanks to program sponsor KidSPOT Pediatric Therapies, and our donor supported Play for All Initiative!

What you’ll learn:

Even though we’re creating a low sensory environment for Sensory Friendly Playtime, all our exhibits are open for exploration. Children can delve into hands-on exhibits about a variety of subjects, including STEM, art, music, dance, theater, health and practical life.

  • Creativity

  • Problem solving

  • Logic

  • Fine motor skills

  • Gross motor skills

WOW! Children's Museum
110 N. Harrison Ave
Lafayette, CO 80026

303-604-2424

WOW! Children's Museum

Special Needs Days

Special Needs days are the first Saturday of the month. They turn down/off the music and they will make an exception to allow outside food, if needed. The first hour of jumping is solely for special needs families and parents/guardians jump for free.

Jump Street Greenwood Village

7969 E Arapahoe Rd.

Greenwood Village, CO 80112

303-586-5530

Jump Street Lakewood

14500 W Colfax Ave.

Lakewood, CO 80401

303-590-1580

Jump Street Littleton

10081 W Bowles Ave.

Littleton, CO 80127

303-339-3030

Jump Street Indoor Trampoline Park

Low-Sensory Mornings

We know the Museum can be a bit overwhelming for children with disabilities. By limiting attendance and turning down some of the ambient Museum noise, we offer an enjoyable morning for children with disabilities to play with their families. Admission is free for families of children with disabilities. Space is limited - RSVP required.

Children's Museum of Denver

2121 Children's Museum Drive

Denver, CO 80211

303-561-0108

Children's Museum of Denver

National Chains That May Have Sensory-Friendly Activities in Your Area: 

Alamo for All

From their website: "Welcome to Alamo for All - a movie program for young families and guests with special needs.  All shows starting before 2 pm on Tuesdays follow Alamo for All rules, with more shows on the weekends.  Schedule may vary during holidays.  At sensory-friendly Alamo for All shows,

  • Lights are turned up and sound is turned down

  • All ages are welcome (including infants)

  • Talking and noise is allowed and guests can move around

  • Latecomers are admitted

  • Adaptive technology is welcome (but no other electronics, please)

 

Bought a ticket to an Alamo for All show by mistake?  No problem!  Contact the theater and we'll be glad to refund or exchange your ticket for another show.

​Check the link above for dates and locations.

Alamo Theatre

The Gym for All Kids

From their website: "We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms was founded to provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together. As the only kids gym that offers an inclusive philosophy we have found all children can benefit from our uniquely designed sensory equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders. However, in our experience, all children are able to benefit greatly from this equipment and by allowing children of all ability levels to play together they are able to learn a great deal from each other and become the best motivation for success on every level.

Our Gym Includes:

  • Suspended equipment with swings – for balance and vestibular treatment

  • Crash mats and crash pillows – for fun, motor planning, and strength

  • Zip line – for stress release and joint and body relaxation

  • Trampoline – for building leg and core strength

  • Indoor play structure – for climbing and increasing playground skills

  • Sensory-based toys – for improved auditory processing and fine motor skills

  • Fine Motor and Arts and Crafts Area – for improved hand-eye coordination"

​Check the link above for locations.

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym

Autism Friendly Dining

From their webpage: Providing autism-friendly non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges. ALL behaviors are welcomed!

Check the website above for restaurants and dates!

Autism Eats

Sensory Friendly Films

Sensory Friendly showings provide families with varying abilities the opportunity to enjoy a family friendly film where kids can be kids in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums are made comfortable by brighter lights and the sound level is turned down. The audience is encouraged to be themselves and interact with the movie, while having fun without the worry of disturbing others. Dance, sing and enjoy the show!!!

All shows will begin at 10am local time. Films, dates and program are subject to change. Tickets are available in person only the Wednesday prior to each showing.

​Check the link above for dates and locations.

Cobb Theatres

REEL MOVIES FOR Real Needs

A Special Showing for Families and Individuals with Special Needs. We understand that sometimes it is difficult or uncomfortable for families with special needs children to attend movies together.

 

Marcus Theatres Reel Movies for Reel Needs is a specially designed program to serve families with special needs such as autism or other challenges, who seldom attend movies. Reel Movies for Real Needs creates a welcoming and comfortable environment – lower sound, lights up – where families with children who need accommodations will be able to share the experience of seeing family friendly films at a theatre.

Check the link above for dates and locations.

Marcus Theaters

Sensory Friendly Jump

NEW sensory friendly jump time for our special needs community only, every First Sunday of the month from 10am-12n (time/date varies per location).

No flashing lights, no whistles, low music level, and less crowded. We invite you and your families to join us! Reduced rates available (varies per location). Open to sensory-sensitive individuals, their siblings and care-givers only.

Check the link above for dates and locations.

Urban Air Adventure Park

Sensory Friendly Screenings

A pillar of SMG’s Outreach since 2003, our monthly Special Needs Screenings are designed for families raising children with special needs. 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. Adult tickets are available at before-noon price. There are no advance ticket sales. Parental guidance is always suggested.

Special Needs Screenings are shown at 11:00am at all SMG locations except EpiCentre. SMG Downey, Monrovia and Redlands look forward to offering our special needs screening program in the near future. We are currently in process of installing new seating and will subsequently undergo remodeling to our full concept. These locations will offer special needs screenings as soon as this work has been completed. 

​Check the link above for dates and locations.

Studio Movie Grill

My Way Matinee

Sensory friendly movie screenings with sounds lower, lights brighter.

​Check the link above for dates and locations.

Regal Cinemas

Sensory Friendly Films

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don't forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

​Check the link above for dates and locations.

AMC Theaters

Wings for Autism®/Wings for All®

Wings for Autism®/Wings for All® are airport “rehearsals” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The programs are designed to alleviate the stress that families who have a child with autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities experience when flying. It provides families the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane. Airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals, and other personnel also have the opportunity to observe, interact, and deliver their services in a structured learning environment.

​Check the link above for dates and locations.

Major Airports

Sensory Hours

Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.

​Check the link above for dates and locations.

Sky Zone

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:

  • Less crowding and noise

  • Dimmed lighting

  • Show and music turned off or down

  • Limited appearances by Chuck E.

  • Food and games are offered

 

Check the link above for dates and locations.

Chuck E. Cheese

All Abilities Night

All Abilities Night at iFLY is a unique event that makes the dream of flight a reality for those in the special needs community. This program has been custom designed for those with physical and cognitive challenges to create an environment of support and inclusion, while focusing on making what seems impossible, possible.​

​Check the link above for dates and locations.

iFly