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Sensory-Friendly Activities in


Riverside Reptiles Education Center

A Series of Accessible Events: Riverside Reptiles

Join us for an after hours visit to Riverside Reptiles Education Center! This event is designed to accommodate children of all ages with various physical, cognitive, neurological, and communication abilities. Families, siblings, and friends are all welcome!

  • A quiet, calm environment

  • Noise canceling headphones available

  • Visuals to support communication

  • Transition aids (timers, visuals)

  • Volunteers with a background in working with special needs

  • A welcoming and judgement free atmosphere

  • Opportunities to make new friends!

Riverside Reptiles Education Center

132 South Rd

Enfield CT 06082

Michele Urban Music

Interactive Music Concert, Class, Assembly or Workshop

Michele Urban Music is fun for kids, families, and people with neurodiverse conditions. Michele fosters good feelings and joy as she creates a sensory-friendly environment where self expression is encouraged.

Michele Urban Music is a 45 minute music experience where participants get to be musicians too!  She shares her ukuleles, rhythm instruments and other music props as she leads interactive songs about emotions, kindness and neurodiversity. Michele’s shows are perfect for early learning centers, family events, autism centers, neurodiverse adult groups and preschool or elementary schools! Michele can facilitate performances, special events and even workshops for group therapy services. She travels all over Connecticut and has a block-booking pricing structure for school assemblies to help fit your budget.   Michele is a singer, songwriter, and an Early Childhood Music Specialist,  and she has been teaching, performing and working with kids of all kinds for 20 years.

Check out Michele Urban Music at https://www.MicheleUrbanMusic.com or

Michele Urban Music

3 Platt Drive

Wallingford, CT 06492


Amistad Center for Art & Culture

Sensory-Friendly Art Space

This art space will be held in the courtyard of the musem under tents with special sensory activities for youth and young adults with autism and other neuro-divergent individuals- includes music and movement, crafts, Legos. Free admission. Registration required - email

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

600 Main Street

Hartford, Connecticut


MOOYAH Burgers, Fries, and Shakes

Autism Eats Dine Out Event

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries, and Shakes (MOOYAH) is hosting Connecticut’s inaugural Autism Eats event in Newington on April 2 from 6-8 p.m., offering a welcoming environment for families to dine together and connect with others facing similar experiences. For this special event, MOOYAH Newington will be closed to the public.  Admission is $18 per person. MOOYAH’s Autism Eats event will offer a tailored dining experience with reduced wait times and adjustments made for sensory sensitivities. Additionally, the organization’s founder, Lenard Zohn, and the Autism Eats team will provide optimal autism awareness  training to all event staff and volunteers, allowing them to better serve the autism community. 

MOOYAH Burgers, fries and shakes

24 Fenn Road

Newington CT


The Mayer Center

Sensory-friendly Event

Please join Middlesex Health's The Mayer Center for a sensory-friendly and not-so-scary FREE Halloween event on October 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   The Mayer Center provides developmental services to children and adolescents with developmental challenges, such as autism, sensory processing disorder, speech disorders and cerebral palsy — all at one location.  Families will be able to trunk or treat, participate in craft activities and more!   This event is free and open to the public. Costumes are encouraged.

The Mayer Center

252 Westbrook Road

Essex, CT 06426

Godspeed Musicals

Sensory-Friendly Performances

These family-friendly performances are designed and intended for those who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. At these performances, the theatre environment will be altered, providing a safe, friendly, comfortable and judgment-free zone that is welcoming for all. These performances are recommended for those families and caregivers who are familiar with and accepting of behaviors exhibited by some individuals with autism—and would like to bring a loved one to the theatre.

Goodspeed Opera House
PO Box A, 6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423 

The Norma Terris Theatre
33 North Main Street
Chester, CT 06412


The Prospector Theater

Sensory Friendly Screenings

Sensory Friendly Screenings are a great way to watch movies in an inclusive, low pressure environment for all.  Audiences can freely walk, talk, and rock as they enjoy quality, first-run programming in a relaxed environment.  The Prospector Theater’s Sensory Friendly Screenings ensure that all of our guests have the opportunity to enjoy the movie in a safe and inclusive environment!  The once a month screenings are set up for those with sensory sensitivities to relax and enjoy.    In short - everyone! 

Young children, new moviegoers, and anyone with sensory sensitivities all benefit from an inclusive space, curated with their needs in mind.

Our Sensory Friendly experience is the gold standard, and we hope to welcome you to enjoy a film with us soon.

The Prospector Theater

25 Prospect Street

Ridgefield, CT 06877


The Bushnell

Hands-On Workshop: Lego Sculptures

Build, rebuild & connect! A fun hour of functional play in a supportive environment. Lego bricks provided. Parents are welcome. This workshop is based on the specific needs of children on the Autism spectrum.The workshop is geared towards children ages 5 and up. Workshops are $5 per child. Limited space available. To reserve your spot, please call the Education department at 860-987-6079.


The Bushnell

166 Capitol Ave

Hartford, CT 06106


Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center

Sensory Day

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center presents the first Outdoor Sensory Day on Thursday, May 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

Sensory Day at Imagine Nation is FREE for participants thanks to a generous grant from the McPhee Foundation. Sensory Day is designed for children with special or sensory processing needs and their families.

This year, our Sensory Day will be held outside in the back parking lot. Children will have the use of the Outdoor Learning Park for gross motor activity and will be able to visit different activity stations such as paper marbling, making calming bottles, and bubble play. Children will also be able to visit with some of our animals and enjoy a complimentary snow cone. We will provide a limited number of noise-canceling headphones Each child will receive a gift to take home.

This socially distanced event is limited to 50 people, advance registration is required. RSVP to confirm your attendance at this free event by contacting or call 860-540-3160. Parking will be available on street or in the parking lot across the street. For further information about Imagine Nation, call (860) 314-1400 or visit

Imagine Nation

One Pleasant Street

Bristol, CT 06010


Connecticut Science Center

Sensory Friendly Days

The Science Center is an exciting place, bustling with loud sounds and bright lights...but we're lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our Sensory Friendly Days. We welcome all students and families on the autism spectrum or with sensitivity to light and sound to enjoy all of our 165 hands-on exhibits.

Check the website above for dates & times

Connecticut Science Center

250 Columbus Blvd

Hartford, CT 06103


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

Turtle Dance Music &

Turtle Dance Music &

Turtle Dance Music and helps kids come out  of their shells with autism-friendly music, bubble and comedy concerts.  Our 30-45 minute concerts are perfect for special events for autism  centers, early learning centers, education conferences and schools! We  play over 60 different instruments including guitar, banjo, didgeridoo,  beatboxing, loopstations and it's funnier than having Jim Carrey or  Robin Williams visit your school. We also do sensory-friendly activities  like big GIANT bubbles! 

We travel all over the country and have a  block-booking pricing structure that will make our fees workable for  your budget. All of our instructors have graduate degrees in special  education, autism intervention, early childhood development and music  therapy. This program is solely for entertainment and special events and  not for private or group therapy services.

Check us out at,, or


Spectrum Sailing

Free Autism Sailing Camps

We are the only national autism sailing program.  Spectrum Sailing travels the country to multiple cities offering FREE sailing camps to local kids.


Glass Slipper Initiative

Summer Art Paradise

Join Glass Slipper Initiative and Friends of Children with Special Needs for a free accommodating online art event for children with disabilities! It will be on July 22nd from 10 AM to 12 PM, where we'll have multiple stations for different crafts for any skill level. All you'll need is paper, scissors, and some coloring supplies! Sign up at  If you can't make the event, but you'd like to be notified about other ones in the future, go to and click "sign up" to join our mailing list for future events and opportunities for your kids.

RockonMusic School

RockonMusic Lessons

Use the positive power of music to learn to play  instruments, sing and create. Each one-on-one session is tailored to the  individual's skills and motivations. I specialize in those impacted by  autism or other disabilities. Live Westchester & Putnam Counties, NY  and on Zoom, anywhere....since 2016.



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.

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