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Autism-Friendly Activities in


Autism Acres

A Free Place to Play for All Special Needs Families

We have converted our 3,000 sq ft barn into an indoor play area for kids with special needs. having 3 kids with autism and one with down syndrome this place is a dream for these families. Fully enclosed barn on 5 acres that are completely fenced. we have a wheel chair accessible play structure, bounce house, trampoline, toddler town, play shed, goats and mini horses to feed, a tree house, zip line and a field full of different sensory swings!

Autism Acres

16839 Littlerock Rd SW

Rochester, WA 98579


Auburn Performing Arts Center

Free Sensory Friendly Holiday Show

For the second time ever Allegro will be offering a sensory friendly performance of our holiday showcase and it will be free and open to the public to attend. Our Sensory-friendly performance is designed to create a welcoming and comfortable arts experience for people with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities. Modifications include lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds.

Saturday December 16th at 1:30pm will be our only sensory friendly show this season, so be sure to reserve your tickets as soon as they are available. Our sensory friendly show is free to the public, but you will have to reserve tickets to make sure we can accommodate interest. Reserve your tickets now!!

Auburn Performing Arts Center

702 4th St NE

Auburn, WA 98002

Puget Sound Estuarium

Sensory Hour with the Estuarium

The Puget Sound Estuarium in Olympia is now offering a monthly Sensory Hour before opening to the public. While exploring the Estuarium’s exhibits, live animals and preserved specimens, Sensory Hour visitors can access sea-themed sensory toys, calming atmospheric videos, and noise-canceling headphones in an affirming environment.

Occurs every second Saturday of the month from 10-11am. Because tickets for this event include admission for our public open hours, registered participants are welcome to come and go from the Estuarium from 10 AM until 4 PM.

Puget Sound Estuarium

309 State Ave. NE

Olympia, WA 98501


Seattle Chamber Music Society

Azure Family Concert

Join Seattle Chamber Music Society for a FREE, fun, and engaging concert for children and young adults on the autism spectrum or with similar challenges, and their families or care-givers. As many with autism cannot attend traditional music performances due to stimming, vocalizations or physical movements, Azure concerts offer a welcoming, nonjudgmental space for families to gather and enjoy music together. This event is ‘Shush-Proof’! Look forward to an instrument petting zoo after the performance!  On stage will be a star-studded roster of talent featuring cellist Ed Arron, pianist Orion Weiss and violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti.

Fidget toys, boas and scarves, coloring pages, space for dancing, a limited number of noise cancelling headphones, and a quiet room to take a break will be available.   All Behaviors Welcome!

Seattle Chamber Music Society

601 Union St. Suite 220

Seattle WA 98101


Pork Filled Productions

Sensory-Relaxed Matinee

Pork Filled Productions is pleased to announce that the August 21st performance of She Devil of the China Seas at 2 pm in association with and at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S., Seattle, WA) will be its very first sensory relaxed performance.

A sensory-friendly, relaxed performance enables children and people with sensory sensitivities as a part of autism and/or sensory-processing disorders to experience theatre with relaxed theater rules, such as the house lights staying on, theater doors remaining open, and a designated “quiet zone,” and more, to allow for increased comfort. 

"Pork-Filled Productions is always striving to increase equity and access to theatre for all people,” says Roger Tang, PFP Executive Director and playwright for She Devil. “Because of the nature of the story (it’s pirates!), She Devil is an intense show with sword fighting, suspense and intrigue, with a large cast playing multiple roles.  “While the swashbuckling and piracy will still be present, we hope that offering a performance with the house lights on at a low level, changes to some sound and lightning effects to decrease intensity, and an audience content guide will increase access for some patrons who otherwise might not be able to come."

What Does a Sensory-Relaxed Performance Entail?

  • Sensory elements, such as music volume, sound and lighting effects, are modulated, and the use of tablets/smartphones, fidgets, and movement in the audience are welcome. 

  • A “social narrative” is available prior to the show so that audience members can familiarize themselves with the elements of the performance, know what to expect, and increase their comfort level with a new situation.

Tickets for this sensory relaxed performance, as well as all others, are at For more information on the show, go to or email

Pork Filled Productions

409 7th Ave. S.

Seattle, WA

Seattle Rep

Sensory-Friendly Performance

Sensory-friendly performances welcome audiences to  engage in an accessible and relaxing theater-going experience. This  theatergoing experience is made to cater to people with sensory  sensitivities. The autism and neurodivergent communities especially  benefit from these performances, where adjustments are made to make your  audience experience comfortable.

Some adjustments that you can expect to create an accepting and welcoming environment for all include:

  • Trained ushers, volunteers, and front-of-house staff.

  • A large quiet area in the lobby.

  • Fidget items available for all audience members.

  • Sensory kits available for check out, including noise-reduction headphones.

  • House lights slightly raised.

  • Loud noises, strobe lights, and other over-stimulating effects reduced or eliminated.

  • Assistive devices allowed throughout the performance, including tablets and phones.

  • Space to move, talk, make noise, leave your seats, and re-enter the theater throughout the performance.

Sensory-Friendly Performance of Teenage Dick

Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. 

Recommended for high schoolers and adults. Please view the content warnings on the show page for more information.  Learn more:

Seattle Rep

155 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109


The Museum of Flight

Sensory Day

Sensory Day is for families of children, teenagers and young adults with disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorders and other cognitive disabilities.

Families will get access to the Museum, where they can explore and self-guide through the galleries with adjusted light and sound for the best possible experience. Sensory Day is intended as a positive and meaningful experience for families visiting The Museum of Flight.  Wednesday, June 12, 2024  5:30pm - 7:30pm  FREE Admission; pre-registration required.  Museum Store will be open during Sensory Days and participant will receive 15% discount.  Wings Café, Aviation Pavilion and Charles Simonyi Space Gallery will be open.

The Museum of Flight

9404 E. Marginal Way South

Seattle, WA 98108-4097


Seattle Symphony

Sensory Friendly Concerts

From the Symphony: "Sensory Friendly Concerts, a program designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory sensitivities, invites families with children ages 5–8 to enjoy small chamber works and participatory group songs in the Founders Room at Benaroya Hall.


The concert experience includes instrument exploration before and after the show, a meet-and-greet with the featured musicians, and a 35-minute performance hosted by a board-certified music therapist. This year we will highlight a different social skill at each concert, and offer opportunities for families to connect with one another within and outside of the concert setting."

Please confirm with the symphony for the correct concert hall location.

Imagine Children's Museum

Imagine the Possibilities

From the museum: "Join us at Imagine the Possibilities – a sensory-friendly time at Imagine Children’s Museum! During Imagine the Possibilities, children with sensory processing sensitivity and their families can play in Imagine Children’s Museum at a quieter time where there are fewer visitors in the Museum. Children ages 1-12"

Imagine Children's Museum

1502 Wall St.

Everett, WA 98201

425-258-1006, Ext. 1024

StoryBook Theater

Sensory-Friendly Performances

From the website: Dear Friend,have you passed up family theater because your child has different sensory needs? No more! StoryBook Theater, in partnership with Safeco Insurance Fund, is working to make theater accessible for children with developmental challenges and special needs. Local community members with experience in these areas are working with us to make StoryBook Theater a safe and welcoming place for children with sensory differences and other disabilities.


In order to adapt our musicals to be sensory-friendly, we plan to leave the house lights up a few levels higher than for a standard production, reduce the sound level, as well as offer a “quiet space” for children who may need a break from what may be overwhelming sensory input for them. Friendly, supportive staff and community volunteers will minimize stress and offer whatever help you may need to facilitate your theater experience.


If you have any questions, we are ready to take your call. We truly look forward to having you as our guest at the theater.


Lani Brockman,
Executive Director of Studio East/StoryBook Theater

Check the website above for dates and locations. Their website also offers printable social stories to help you prepare for the experience.


The Hands On Children’s Museum

Sensory-Friendly Events

Led by museum educators, these are special events for families of children with autism or other special needs that provide a private, less over-stimulating time to experience the museum with other families who may share the same life experience.

The Hands On Children’s Museum

414 Jefferson Street NE

Olympia, WA 98501


Seattle Public Library

Sensory Story Times

Sensory story times are geared for children ages 10 and under who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload.

Seattle Public Library

1000 Fourth Ave.

Seattle, WA 98104-1109


Seattle Children's PlayGarden

Inclusive Programs

The PlayGarden's mission is to provide children of all abilities a safe, accessible and adventurous place to play.

Seattle Children's PlayGarden

1745 24th Avenue South

Seattle, WA 98144


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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