Sensory-Friendly Activities in

Georgia

Sensory Friendly Performances

From the Ballet: The Georgia Ballet is thrilled to introduce sensory friendly shows to their 2017-2018 season. Sensory Friendly performances are becoming more available in the United States and GAB is excited to bring the experience to the Metro Atlanta community.

 

The season’s full length productions will be abbreviated to one hour and feature modifications for children and adults with different visual and auditory needs. Some of these modifications include: open seating, raised house lights, decreased and eliminated harsh/flashing lights on stage, and decreased audio levels all of which will give the audience the opportunity to experience the show without being confined in their seat in a dark theater for a lengthy period. It is the mission of The Georgia Ballet to help bring more opportunities to the families and friends of the special needs community to experience the art of Ballet.

 

In 2012 GAB began DanceAbility, a free class designed to teach children ages 6-13 with special needs a traditional ballet class tailored to fit their individual needs. These performances will build on the positive impact these classes have brought to the community already.

 

For more information, contact Kaitlyn Pack at kpack@georgiaballet.org

The Georgia Ballet 

1255 Field Parkway

Marietta, GA 30066

770-528-0881

The Georgia Ballet

Quiet Mornings

From the Museum: Would you or someone you love benefit from having a quieter experience at Tellus Science Museum. If so, make reservations for an intimate morning, limited to 200 participants, which offers a crowd-free environment and less sensory stimulation.

Tellus Science Museum

100 Tellus Drive 
Cartersville, GA 30121

770-606-5700

Tellus Science Museum

Sensory Friendly Afternoons

From the museum: "Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for a Sensory Friendly Afternoon!  From 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm, the museum will be transformed into a sensory-friendly environment.  We welcome visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing issues, or special needs to explore the Museum at their own pace.

 

Sensory Friendly Afternoons include modified sound effects and volume adjustments inside the museum.  A designated Quiet Room will be available for those needing additional support.  Check out our Social Story to learn more about visiting the Museum and what to expect.

Time: Last Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm

Admission: Included with general admission.  Free for members!

Ages: All ages welcome!

For additional information, please contact the Early Childhood Educator at children@southernmuseum.org or 770-427-2117 ext. 3173.

The Southern Museum

2829 Cherokee Street 
Kennesaw, GA 30144

770-427-2117 ext.3173

The Southern Museum

Sensory Days

From Popadoodle: "Popadoodle, LLC is in the Lilburn/Stone Mountain, GA area. It is a children's imagination center catered to girls and boys ages 0 to 11. Our center is a child's dream playroom that offers various activities to spark creativity and artistic expression. We offer after school Art & S.T.E.M. classes during the week, open play time on the weekends, and birthday parties anytime!

 

3rd Saturday of every month; The Center will  be open at 9 AM for families with children on the autism spectrum or children with sensory processing disorders. Sensory Saturdays include a sensory modified setting. $7/child. Drop-ins Welcome"

Popadoodle Kids Imagination Center

1218 Rockbridge Rd., SW

Stone Mountain, GA 30087

678-779-7052

Popadoodle Kids Imagination Center

Sensory Friendly Saturdays

From the museum: "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. We also have a social story to help prepare families for their Museum experience.

 

Admission will be $6 per person for non-members and free for members. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Space is limited so book today! Call Reservations at 404-527-3693 to book your space or PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE.

Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW

Atlanta, GA 30313
404-659-5437

Children's Museum of Atlanta

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

5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

678-847-0123

Jump Street Indoor Trampoline Park

Sensory Friendly Programming

These modifications of the Center’s regular programming will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience sensory-friendly Family Series performances, Film series, and Create-A-Puppet Workshops™. Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring St. NW at 18th

Atlanta, GA 30309-2820

404-873-3391

Center for Puppetry Arts

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