Autism-Friendly Activities in


Autistic Play Place


From their website: Play-Place for Autistic Children is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization  located in Sterling Heights, MI. Play-Place’s mission is to provide a  fun-filled, judgment-free, haven of hope for families affected by autism  and other special needs. Through a unique play-powered environment,  combining education and recreation with a variety of social,  occupational and physical therapeutic overtones, Play-Place’s one of a  kind model will be a revolutionary compliment to the autism equation of  intervention and awareness.

Designed to promote cognitive and social development,  sensory integration, balance & coordination, endless hours of  excitement, as well as professional support services and respite relief  for parents and siblings, our curriculum will service all ages.  Play-Place’s bottom line focuses on development, life skills and  independence to assist families with the everyday nuances of “living  with autism.”

Autistic Play Place

39337 Mound Road

Sterling Heights, MI 48310



Sensory Inclusive Yoga

TheraPLAYoga is a mobile studio offering private and group therapeutic, playful yoga.  TheraPLAYoga is an interoception and sensory wellness modality for kids and adults with complex needs, diverse abilities, and backgrounds.


Lansing, MI


Abrams Planetarium

Sensory Friendly Shows

From the website: The Abrams Planetarium offers sensory friendly shows on the third Sunday of every month at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. These shows will run with the lights up, the sound down, and the theater doors open so people can move about as needed. We also provide a place to "chill out" in our lobby. All shows include a live star talk about what is up in the sky that night. We will include a short break between the main show and star talk. Information about what to expect during the show will be provided when you purchase tickets.


Admission prices for all shows are:

  • Adults, $4.50

  • Students and senior citizens, $4.00

  • Children (age 12 and under), $3.50


Show tickets are not sold in advance. Ticket sales begin 30 minutes prior to showtime. All shows include a current sky talk and last about an hour.

Abrams Planetarium
Michigan State University
755 Science Road
East Lansing, MI 48824


Identity Salon

Hair Styling in a Sensory Friendly Environment

From their Facebook page: Hair Stylist Wendy Williams will be providing hair services in a safe, calm, and sensory-sensitive atmosphere for anyone with autism, sensory processing disorder, or other special needs.

Wendy has 19+ years of professional hair styling and cosmetology experience and an understanding that the salon environment is not an enjoyable event for everyone. Striving to make every client feel as comfortable as possible, Wendy will be opening up Identity Salon in Grand Blanc on Sundays, by appointment only, to offer full hair services. This will reduce surrounding noises, smells, lights and general environmental conditions that can make the hair-cut experience so overwhelming. Additionally, Wendy will collect background information to gain an understanding of each client's specific sensory needs, provide sensory tools to reduce stimulation, and offer social stories to reduce anxiety.

Identity Salon

545 E Grand Blanc Rd
Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439


Celebration! Cinema

Sensory Showtimes

Celebration! Cinema has many locations in Western Michigan that offer sensory showtimes. The lights are kept on, the volume of the movie sound is turned down, and closed captioning is turned on. Patrons are free to move about the theater as needed during each screening.

Click on the link above for Celebration! Cinema's events calendar. Select your local theater on the left, and "Sensory Showtimes" on the right!

Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Sensory Tool Kits

From their website: Need a little extra sensory support?

We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy playing at the museum!  If you find that your child needs some extra support, we now have sensory tool kits available to check out at the front desk.  Kits include noise reduction headphones, weighted vests and suspenders, emotion recognition flashcards, and fidget bracelets.  And be sure to look at our social story, too!

When planning your museum trip, you can check our field trip schedule--available on the home page--or call 616-235-4726 to ask how busy the museum is.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum

11 Sheldon Ave. NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Rebounderz - Indoor Trampoline Arena

Sensory Friendly Night

At Rebounderz of Grand Rapids, we realize during our normal operating hours, our facility can be overwhelming for our friends with special needs and sensory issues. That is why we are introducing Sensory Friendly Night! This is a night that will be set aside especially for our guests with special needs and sensory issues. The music will be soft, the flashing lights & arcade will be turned off, and overall the distractions in our family entertainment center will be dialed down.


Details: 2.5 hours of sensory-friendly fun! $14.00 per participant on Jump/Ninja Passes. Charges capped at $42.00. Must purchase our reusable Rebounderz Grip Socks for $2.50. $9.00 for ages 3-5, and Free for Ages 2 and under.

Rebounderz - Grand Rapids

7500 Cottonwood Dr.

Jenison, MI 49428


Cobo Center

North American International Auto Show Sensory Friendly Day

Introduced this year, “Sensory Friendly Day” allows for new audiences to experience NAIAS – audiences that would normally not be able to able to due to the dynamic features on the show floor. During the three-hour period, exhibitors will greatly reduce flashing lights in their areas and volume will be turned to very low levels.

Cobo Center

1 Washington Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48226


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


Proud to Be Me

Free Dance Therapy Classes for Children with Developmental Disabilities!

This dance class is designed for elementary and middle schoolers with any intellectual, developmental, or sensory impairments! Our beginner-level dance and movement classes currently take place through Zoom and provide a fun outlet for children to let out energy and meet new people. The free class is also designed to help refine and improve things like motor skills, concentration, social/communication abilities, and general happiness.

More information on website (linked above).

Proud to Be Me


Alamo Theatre

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.

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym

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.

Autism Eats

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!

Cobb Theatres

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.

Marcus Theaters


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.

Urban Air Adventure Park

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.

Studio Movie Grill

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.

Regal Cinemas

My Way Matinee

Sensory friendly movie screenings with sounds lower, lights brighter.

​Check the link above for dates and locations.

AMC Theaters

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.

Major Airports

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.

Sky Zone

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.

Chuck E. Cheese

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.


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.