Sensory-Friendly Activities in

New Jersey

F.I.S.H. Night 

From their website: "...F.I.S.H. Night, or Family Inclusive Special Hours Night. This event is designed for the special needs community to visit Adventure Aquarium in a relaxed setting. Sound and lighting accommodations have been made to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. Personal Care Attendants with a valid ID may enter at no additional cost. Limited menu will be available." 

https://www.adventureaquarium.com/What-To-Do-In-New-Jersey/Special-Events

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Drive

Camden, NJ 08103 

844-474-FISH (3474)

Adventure Aquarium

Sensory Friendly Performances

Roxey Ballet Company offers several different sensory friendly performances throughout their season. Currently, they have a performance of The Nutcracker slated for December 1, 2018 at 1pm. You can get tickets and more information here: https://www.roxeyballet.org/sensory

Lambertville, New Jersey - Location of specific performances may vary 

609-397-7616

Roxey Ballet Company

Arts Integrated Music and Dance Shows

From Turtle Dance Music: "Turtle Dance Music is a children's music company dedicated to furthering child development through arts-integration, music, and educational entertainment. We spark children's curiosity and imaginations through interactive, inclusive and autism-friendly musical performances that use a wide range of instruments, comedy and music technology. Our sensory-friendly performances are geared for Pre-K, grades K-5 and students on the Autism Spectrum (kids and teens).

 

Our performances are also accessible to parents, teachers, administrators and librarians who want to have a great time with their kids and laugh a lot! We create S.T.E.A.M. performances which promote topics such as Autism Awareness, Songs That Count!, The Water Cycle, The Planets, Recycling, Music Technology and more!

 

Turtle Dance Music believes that your kids are capable of doing extraordinary things. We Help Kids Come Out Of Their Shells!" 

New Jersey 

973-493-2326 

Turtle Dance Music

Special Needs Night

From the website: "Special Needs Events at Clementon Park and Splash World are designed with the unique challenges of the special needs community in mind. The event offers a variety of accommodations to help ensure a pleasant experience and allow for families to network with one another."

Clementon Park and Splash World

144 Berlin Road

Clementon, NJ 08021

856-783-0263

Clementon Park and Splash World

Special Abilities Night

Special Abilities Nights at Diggerland USA, or SAND, events provide fun, judgment-free evenings for individuals with disabilities to enjoy with their family and friends. These events are designed with the goal of providing a comfortable, low-key environment that allows everyone at the event to have fun while socializing and networking with other families. These evenings feature modified programming that is unavailable on a general operating days. If a family member with special needs might enjoy this experience, consider visiting the park for a SAND event.

Admission to SAND events is $24.95. We strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance online. Ticket quanities are limited. Advanced purchase expedites the admission process.

Upcoming Event Dates

Modified Programming

  • Limited ticket sales for a shorter wait time

  • Ride accommodations to assist those needing additional time and support

  • Reduced sensory input from lights and overhead speakers

  • Free ear plugs available upon request

  • Arcade games will be shut off

Specific Accommodations

Accommodations to rides and their operation for the SAND event are listed on the Special Needs Accommodations page. Ride and safety restrictions, including height requirements, must be observed. Please review these requirements and restrictions in depth to manage the expectations of your visit and ensure a fun evening for everyone.

 

Should you have additional questions about this event please reach out to our team using the form on this page. Our goal is to ensure a pleasant experience for the Special Needs Community.

Diggerland U.S.A.

100 Pinedge Drive  
West Berlin, NJ 08091

856-768-1110

Diggerland U.S.A.

Open Arms

The museum does not have a dedicated page for their Open Arms program, but they hold the events several times throughout the year, typically in the evenings.

 

Check their calendar at the link above for the next session.

Garden State Discovery Museum

2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100

Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003

856-424-1233 x 311

Garden State Discovery Museum

Autism-Friendly Performances

Autism-Friendly Performances are designed and intended for families with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities. This program is designed and planned in cooperation with Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team. At these performances the theater environment will be altered, providing a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming for these families.

AUTISM-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATIONS INCLUDE:

  • House lights on, but dimmed, inside the theater

  • Consistent sound level and lower volume

  • BYO reinforcements and motivational systems

  • Kids are free to talk and to leave their seat under parental supervision

  • BYO snacks & drinks

  • Gender-neutral family bathrooms

  • Activity Area with Chill-Out zone provided

  • On-site support teams

  • “Meet Your Seat” FREE Open Houses before the shows expressly for children to visit the theater space on a previous day (no reservation required).

  • Online resource materials: character guides, puzzle activities, sequenced social stories and videos on PaperMill.org

 

Paper Mill Playhouse

22 Brookside Drive
Millburn, NJ 07041

973-376-4343

Paper Mill Playhouse

Special Needs Nights

Special Needs Events at Sahara Sam’s Oasis provide fun, judgment-free evenings at the indoor water park for individuals with special needs to enjoy with their family and friends. Special Evenings at Sam’s, or S.E.A.S., are offered to the community at a significantly reduced rate and are designed with the unique challenges of special needs individuals in mind. Our goal is to provide a comfortable evening that allows individuals to have fun and network with other families.

Sahara Sam's Oasis

535 North Route 73

West Berlin, NJ 08091

856-767-7580

Sahara Sam's Oasis

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