A local guide- Sensory Friendly & Special Ability Friendly Activities

Macaroni Kid West Morris

By Elisa Rispoli- Macaroni Kid West Morris April 19, 2017

Sensory Friendly and Special Abilities Activities

Skyzone:  On the third Monday of every month Skyzone will open from 4pm - 6:30pm for our jumpers with special needs. We welcome adults and children with any and all special needs to join us. Missing Piece Awareness has certified our team members in order to make sure each jumper and their family members have a great experience. We will dial down the noise, increase the staff ratio and limit the capacity for the enjoyment our special guests. One parent / companion may participate for free with each paying jumper. Regular open jump pricing applies. (Free Sky Socks included) Walk in and purchase tickets- not available for online purchase. It is recommended that parents complete a wavier online in advance for the park their child will be attending

AMC Theatres:  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.

Chuck E Cheese: Chuck E. Cheese’s has announced that they will be offering sensory friendly experiences the first Sunday of every month. Chuck E. Cheese will be open from 9am-11am for children with autism and other special needs. The event will offer reduced lighting and noise along with trained and caring staff to help kids enjoy fun games.

Diggerland: Like SEAS (mentioned above), SAND offers fun and judgement free experiences the entire family can enjoy. Each event, which is made possible by SAMBULANCE Saftey Squad, takes into consideration the sensory needs of children with special needs. There is modified lighting and sound, limited ticket sales and ear plugs available to reduce sound. The next SAND events is April 28 and it takes place from 5pm-8pm. To learn more read our recent review of this sensory friendly experience.

Pump it Up: In addition to special Sensory Friendly bounce sessions, there is a Sensory Bounce Therapy program run by Miriam Skydell and Associates Pediatric Therapy Services. They offer sensory friendly bounce experiences at locations across NJ. This program is geared for kids with autism, ADHD, social skill delays and motor deficits.  Our Randolph location hosts these sessions.  Times and prices may vary by location. Check the websites calendar or give them a call to find out about the next dates available.  

Raritan Valley Arts Theatre: The sensory-friendly performance is designed especially for children with autism or related conditions who experience heightened sensory sensitivity, providing a safe and judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families. Seating is general admission, allowing families to choose a comfortable spacing. 

Families who have not been to The Theatre at RVCC before are invited to stop by and visit the theatre space and explore the seating areas two hours before the show. They also may visit in advance by making an appointment.  For show times that are sensory friendly, visit the website and look for the Bold, Red show times.  

The Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Planetarium: This planetarium in Branchburg offers special astronomy and music shows designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities. These sensory-friendly shows, which are appropriate for audiences of all ages, will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to all families. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level.

*As always, we recommend that you double check info and times with the venue before attending suggested activities, as events may change.