I'm sure you can relate when I say it is SO IMPORTANT that our children participate in activities where they can enjoy being themselves!  In addition, it is also important for parents and caregivers to feel comfortable during such activities knowing they are in a supportive environment.  Below you will find some AMAZING sensory-friendly activities and resources that your family will be sure to enjoy!  Although this website is focused on NJ special needs resources, I included some activities in NY and PA as well and these "sensory experiences" are too good to miss out on if you are willing and able to travel!   

As you go through the list, you will find that some businesses offer accessibility accommodations only, whereas some offer actual events and activities.  You will also find that some offer a sensory-friendly event once or twice a year, so make sure to remain active in my FACEBOOK group as I will post these flyers when the events are scheduled.  For these particular venues, I posted the direct websites so you have easy access when the event is scheduled and their own website is updated!   

       AMUSEMENT PARKS

 

 

Chuck E. Cheese - Sensory Sensitive Sundays  - Various Locations

https://www.chuckecheese.com/events/sensory-sensitive-sundays

 

Diggerland – Special Abilities Nights – West Berlin

https://www.diggerlandusa.com/sand/

 

Liberty Science Center – Special Needs Days – Jersey City

https://lsc.org/education/for-teachers/field-trips/special-needs-day

 

Sahara Sam’s Oasis – Special Needs Events – West Berlin

https://www.saharasams.com/specialneeds/

 

Sesame Place (PA) – Certified Autism Center – Langhorne (PA)

https://sesameplace.com/philadelphia/help/autism-resources/

 

Six Flags Great Adventure – Autism Day - Jackson

www.sixflags.com  

 

Storybook Land  – Special Abilities Night – Egg Harbor Township

https://storybookland.com

 

The Funplex – Special Needs Night – East Hanover

http://funplexeasthanover.com

      AQUARIUMS

 

 

Adventure Aquarium (Camden)  – Accessibility Amenities and Services - Camden

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

     BOUNCE HOUSES

 

Pump It Up – Sensory Jump Night (BY REQUEST!) - Hamilton

https://www.pumpitupparty.com/hamilton-nj/other-ways-to-play/special-events/

 

 

 

     MOVIE THEATERS

 

AMC Theaters – Sensory Friendly Films – Various Locations

https://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

 

 

     MUSEUMS

 

American Museum of Natural History – Discovery Squad – New York City (NY)

https://www.amnh.org/plan-your-visit/accessibility/autism-spectrum/

 

Franklin Institute (PA) – Sensory Friendly Every Day & Sunday Events – Philadelphia (PA)

https://www.fi.edu/sensory-friendly-everyday

 

Garden State Discovery Museum – Open Arms Program – Cherry Hill

http://www.discoverymuseum.com

 

Intrepid Museum – Early Morning Openings for Autism Families – New York City (NY)

https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/education/early-morning-openings

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City (NY)

https://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/access/visitors-with-developmental-and-learning-disabilities/for-visitors-with-autism-spectrum-disorders

 

Morris Museum – Access-Ability Programs – Morristown

https://morrismuseum.org/access-ability-programs/

 

Northlandz – FREE Admission Ticket for Persons with Disabilities - Flemington

https://northlandz.com/tickets

Please Touch Museum – Play Without Boundaries – Philadelphia (PA)

https://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

 

Zimmerli Art Museum @ Rutgers University – Offer Sensory-Friendly Tools and Sensory Bags – New Brunswick

https://news.rutgers.edu/news-release/zimmerli-art-museum-offers-new-tools-visitors-sensory-related-disorders/20191216#.Xg8xXFVKi1s

 

 

     MUSIC

 

Music for Autism – Various Locations – New York City & Brooklyn (NY)

http://www.musicforautism.org/

 

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra – Autism Community Program - Newark

https://www.njsymphony.org/education-community/njso-autism-community-program

 

 

     PARTY FACILITIES & SERVICES

 

GlowHouse Kids, LLC – Private Sensory-Friendly Trips & Parties – Pompton Lakes

www.glowhousekids.com

 

Rizzo’s Wildlife World – Call to Book a Sensory-Friendly Program – Roxbury Township)

http://www.rizzoswildlifeworld.com/special-needs/

 

     PLANETARIUMS

 

Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium – Sensory Friendly Shows - Branchburg

https://www.raritanval.edu/community-resources/planetarium/sensory-friendly-shows

 

     SWIMMING

 

 

The Aquatics and Fitness Center – Sunday Swim Club and Special Needs Aquatic Play – Parlin

https://www.theaquaticscenter.com/

 

 

     THEATERS

Lincoln Center – New York City (NY)

http://www.aboutlincolncenter.org/programs/program-pspd/accessibility-programs

 

Mayo Performing Arts Center – Morristown

https://www.mayoarts.org/genre/sensory-friendly

 

McCarter Theater Center – Sensory Friendly Performances and Accessibility - Princeton

https://www.mccarter.org/plan-your-visit/accessibility/

 

Paper Mill Playhouse – Autism Friendly Performances - Millburn

https://papermill.org/access-for-all/autism-friendly-performances/

 

Shea Center for Performing Arts – Sensory Friendly Performances - Wayne

https://www.wpunj.edu/wppresents/visitor-info/accessibility.html

 

State Theater New Jersey – Autism Friendly Performances – New Brunswick

https://www.stnj.org/education-and-outreach/for-families/relaxed-performances

 

Theater Development Fund – TDF Autism Friendly Performances – New York City (NY)

https://www.tdf.org/nyc/40/Autism-Theatre-Initiative

 

Two River Theater – Accessibility and Relaxed Performances – Red Bank

https://tworivertheater.org/accessibility/

 

Union County Performing Arts Center – Sensory Friendly Events - Rahway

http://www.ucpac.org/sensory-friendly-theatre

 

     TRAMPOLINE PARKS

 

 

 

Air Trampoline Sports – Special Needs Private Hours

http://www.airtrampolinesports.com/activities/special-needs/

 

Altitude Trampoline Park – Sensitive Saturdays - Woodbridge

https://jumpaltitude.com/woodbridge/buy-a-pass/

 

Get Air Trampoline Park - Freehold

http://getairfreehold.com/events

 

Sky Zone Trampoline Park – Sensory Friendly Hours – Various NJ Locations

https://www.skyzone.com/programs/sensory-hours

 

Urban Air Trampoline Park – Sensory Friendly Play – Various Locations

www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com

 

 

     VACATION SERVICES

 

 

 

Autism on the Seas – Cruise Disability Accommodations

https://autismontheseas.com/

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