Sensory-Friendly Activities in

Delaware

Sensory Relaxed Theater Performances

From their website: "Relaxed Performances provide a welcoming environment that lets all our patrons express themselves freely, without judgment or inhibition.

These live theatre experiences invite and encourage individuals with autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia and sensory sensitivities to enjoy the performance in our “shush-free” zone.

 

Relaxed performances for 2018-19 include:

 

Performance adjustments include:

  • House lights will remain on at a low level in the theatre during the performance

  • Lower sound levels, especially for startling or loud sounds

  • A reduction of startling and/or strobe lighting

  • Freedom to talk, vocalize, and leave seats during the performance as needed

  • Space available throughout the theatre for standing and movement

  • Limited crowds and visitors through the theatre lobby during the day and time of the performance

 

We invite you to bring noise-cancelling headphones, fidget and stress sensory toys, and/or anything else you may need to ensure maximum comfort and safety.

 

If you would like to recommend a specific accommodation at People’s Light, please notify our Director of Community Investment, Marcie Bramucci at bramucci@peopleslight.org or  610.647.1900 Ext. 143

 

Resources available before and during the performance:

  • A quiet area will be provided in the theatre lobby with bean bag chairs, space, and other materials to relax as needed

  • Fidget and stress sensory toys will be available to borrow

  • People's Light staff, who have been trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs, will be available throughout the theatre and the lobby

  • Disposable ear plugs

  • Pre-show preparation materials will be available online as the performance date approaches to help prepare all attendees for the experience of visiting People's Light and attending these performances."

Visit the links above for locations, tickets, and additional information.

People's Light

Sensory-Friendly Family Programming

Sensory-Friendly Family Programming welcomes children of all ages with autism or other sensory, social, or learning disabilities to enjoy the experience of live entertainment together with their families in a safe and comfortable environment. These performances are made possible by Next Generation-North of the Delaware Community Foundation and DFRC, in partnership with Autism Delaware and Easterseals. The following accommodations are intended to help reduce stress and anxiety for our audience:

FLEXIBLE HOUSE RULES – Audience members are greeted by a relaxed attitude toward noise and moving about during the show. Limited crowd sizes and an open seating arrangement allow patrons to find a place in the theater where they are most comfortable. Wheelchair seating is available. Please notify the box office at time of purchase. Use of tablets, smart phones, and other electronic devices can be used with headphones during the performance. Fidget toys are welcome, and noise-cancelling headphones will be available. Doors to the theater open one hour before show time. If cancellation is necessary, a refund will be provided up to 48 hours following the performance. Unused tickets must be presented to the box office. Please call 302-652-5577 for more details.

 

MODEST PRODUCTION VALUES – Lighting remains on at a low level during the performance. Sound is kept at comfortable levels with no sudden, loud noises.

 

QUIET SPACE – The Wesler Room, accessible by the main lobby stairs or elevator, is available for patrons who may need a break from the performance. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

 

PRIMING ACTIVITIES – A downloadable Social Story will help patrons prepare for their visit to the theater. Personal tours may be available upon request prior to the day of the show. Please call 302-658-7897 ext. 3300 for more information.

 

TRAINED STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS – The Grand’s Show Corps is trained to accommodate families’ needs.

 

GENDER-NEUTRAL AND FAMILY RESTROOMS are always available.

The Grand

818 N. Market Street

Wilmington, DE  19801

302-652-5577

The Grand

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