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Sensory-Friendly Entertainment for Families

We’re happy to provide you with the following listing of entertainment and recreational events that are tailored towards families of children with autism.  These events are planned by our Autism Awareness Ambassadors and our friends in the community and are designed to promote the inclusion of individuals with autism. 

These events perfectly fit into our theme of Building Acceptance.

Enjoying the ShowSensory-Friendly

Sensory-Friendly activities and performances provide an environment that is comfortable and judgment-free and can include:

  • Lights up inside the theater
  • Lower volume and consistent sound level
  • Kids are free to talk and leave their seat
  • Family bathrooms
  • Special activities

Social Stories may also be available to prepare a child for the performance.  Check the venue’s website for additional info.

More Resources:

Autism Friendly Spaces
Theater Development Fund Autism Initiative

Upcoming Events:

April 2, 2013, 10:00 am

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Other Story Books
Shea Center for Performing Arts, William Paterson College
In observance of World Autism Day, this is the first of a new series of performances adapted specially and exclusively for children with autism spectrum disorder.  Tickets/More Info>>

April 6, 2013, 10:00am

Sensory-Friendly Film -- The Croods 2-D.
Our friends at AMC Theatres, in partnership with the Autism Society of America, offer Sensory-Frienly showings of popular films througout the year. For participating theaters and upcoming showings, click here>>

April 13, 2013, 1:00pm

2nd Annual Carnival for Autism
YMCA Camp Zehnder, Brick, NJ
Carnival Style event with Vendors, Bouncers, rides and food. A fun time for the whole family!  Open to all.

April 14, 2013, 3:00 pm

Autism Awareness Benefit Concert Featuring Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could.
The Newton Theater, Newton, NJ
This “sensory-friendly” performance is a fundraiser benefitting Autism New Jersey, Reed School, Autism Speaks and Celebrate the Children. Tickets/More Info>>

April 20, 2013, 10:00am

Happily Ever After:  A Cinderella Tale, featuring the Pushcart Players.
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
Ages 4 and up.  This “Sensory-Friendly” Presentation is designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.  Additionally, Paper Mill Playhouse will host a free Open House titled "Meet Your Seat!" the day before this performance.  This is an opportunity for children who are new to theater experiences to visit the theater space before the show.  Tickets/More Info>>

April 27, 2013, 1:05 pm

Autism Awareness Day with the NY Mets
Citi Field, Flushing, NY
Join the NY Mets at Citi Field as they take on the Philadelphia Phillies for their Autism Awareness Day Game.  A portion of each ticket sold through this advance offer will benefit Autism New Jersey.  A section will be designated exclusively for autism families and special activities are planned pre-game. Tickets/More Info>>

May 21, 2013, 7:00pm

Into the Woods
McCarter Theatre Center is pleased to announce a special autism-friendly performance of Stephen Sondheim's much-beloved musical. McCarter is working in partnership with Eden Autism Services to ensure this autism-friendly performance is a positive experience for all involved.  Additional support comes from the Theatre Development Fund's Autism Theatre Initiative, Autism Speaks and Autism New Jersey.  Tickets/More Info>>

June 26, 2013, 4:00pm

The Little Mermaid
Paper Mill Playhouse is pleased to offer this Autism-Friendly performance of the beloved, award-winning musical.  Special “MEET YOUR SEAT!” before the show – a FREE Open House on Tues., June 25 from 3PM-6PM.  For additional info, call 973.376.4343. Tickets/More Info>>

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Phone: 609.588.8200; 800.4.AUTISM | Fax: 609.588.8858