Special Needs Events for Kids and Parents in Southeast Michigan

Parents of children with special needs can plan ahead for fun activities, sensory-friendly movie showings and more that are tailored to meet their needs.

There are always plenty of fun activities going on around southeast Michigan for kids and families to enjoy. But sometimes it’s nice for children with special needs to have an event that’s designed just for them – from sensory-friendly movie showings to a chance to try something new in a more patient, supportive environment. Parents can also benefit from workshops, support meetings and other events geared toward moms and dads of children with special needs.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list featuring some great upcoming special needs events for kids and their parents. Take a peek at these activities for people with special needs and their families.

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Interested in adding an upcoming special needs event in southeast Michigan to this roundup – or to our events calendar? We’d love to know! Just email us all the details to calendar@metroparent.com or submit the event on our calendar page.

Just a word of advice: Some events may require pre-registration. Click on the calendar listing for the event and get details on pre-registering and how to contact the organizer for more details.

Sensory Story Time for Adults and Teens at the Bloomfield Township Public Library

 August 14, 2017

  • Address: 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township
  • Time: 11 a.m.-noon Monday
  • Cost: Free

This special needs story time is full of tales, songs, movement and art. Support person must attend. Register in advance.

The Social Club at Living and Learning in Northville

August 15, 2017

  • Address: 150 Mary Alexander Ct., Northville
  • Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Cost: $140/four weeks

This program is offered for men and women who are 18 years or older who have moderate to severe Down Syndrome, autism or anxiety disorders.

Teen and Adult Hangout (Special Needs) at Living and Learning in Northville

August 19, 2017

  • Address: 150 Mary Alexander Ct., Northville
  • Time: 6 p.m. Saturdays
  • Cost: $50 per session

This is a unique three-hour interactive social skills experience. Teens and adults who are on the autism spectrum are invited to meet with trained mentors at the center to make friends and build social and job skills through team building activities, art projects and field trips.

The Dude Zone at Living and Learning in Northville

August 19, 2017

  • Address: 150 Mary Alexander Ct., Northville
  • Time: 10-11 a.m. Saturdays
  • Cost: $120/four weeks

This program is for boys in 1st-8th grade to engage in peer-to-peer support to create and build upon their friendship-making skills.

Emagine Autism-Friendly Movies & Fun: The Nut Job 2

August 19, 2017

  • Address: Emagine Novi (44425 12 Mile Road), Rochester (200 Barclay Circle), and Saline (1335 E. Michigan Ave.)
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Contact for details

People with autism can see new flicks in a safe, understanding environment. See The Nut Job 2 (PG) on Aug. 19.

PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library

August 22, 2017

  • Address: 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Cost: Free

Trained therapy dogs don’t judge or interrupt. That’s why they visit the library and sit with kids as they practice their reading skills.

Sensory-Friendly Movies for Adults and Teens at the Bloomfield Township Public Library

 August 25, 2017

  • Address: 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township
  • Time: 11 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free

Adults and teens with special needs and their caregivers are invited to enjoy an hour-long documentary in a stress-free environment with the lights up and the sound down. No registration needed.

AMC Sensory-Friendly Films: The Nut Job 2 

August 26, 2017

  • Address: Forum 30 (44681 Mound, Sterling Heights), Star Gratiot 21 (35705 South Gratiot, Clinton Township), Livonia 20 (19500 Haggerty Road, Livonia)
  • Time: Contact theater for times
  • Cost: Ticket prices vary

People with autism can get up, talk and move during these movies. Today, see The Nut Job 2 (PG).

Aqua Swim Club Monthly Open House at Franklin Athletic Center

 September 2, 2017

  • Address: 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield
  • Time: 2-4 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: Free

Sign up for a free mini-lesson or just come to play. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the Aqua Learn to Swim programs, including lessons for kids with special needs.

AMC Sensory-Friendly Films: Leap 

September 9, 2017

  • Address: Forum 30 (44681 Mound, Sterling Heights), Star Gratiot 21 (35705 South Gratiot, Clinton Township), Livonia 20 (19500 Haggerty Road, Livonia)
  • Time: Contact theater for times
  • Cost: Ticket prices vary

People with autism can get up, talk and move during these movies. Today, see Leap (PG).

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Comments
  • Daun T.

    So happy to see this list! Would love to see included wheelchair/Walker friendly places. Love love love feeling included! Thanks Metroparent

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    • Stacey W.

      Thank you so much for your comment! We will definitely keep that in mind as we add to this list!

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  • Is there anyway this can be done once a month? Or bimonthly? This would be really helpful

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    • Stacey W.

      Thanks so much for your comment! We are doing our best to add as many events as we can on a consistent basis.

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  • Wild loved to have seen the Walk 4 Autism on April 24 at Somerset on the list

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  • There’s a brand new Gym/Recreational Facility for children and adults with special needs: http://www.InclusivelyFit.com
    It’s in Sterling Heights and they have all kinds of exercise and fitness equipment, personal trainers, basketball and more.

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    • Stacey W.

      Thanks so much for your comment! We’ll get this added to a couple of resource spots on our website.

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  • I would love to see some events for families who have children with something other than autism. I don’t think we’d be discluded if we chose to attend but there are different challenges to consider. Thank you!

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  • This is a wonderful list! But, I wish more opportunities were included for other special needs children who aren’t autistic. My child coord benefit from many of these activities, but, while in some ways similar, he is not autistic.

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  • Daun T.

    Please consider having a differently abled child on your cover this coming year. I know we would love for our kids to be represented.

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    • Stacey W.

      We choose our kids every year through our annual CoverKids contest, and children of all abilities are considered. You can submit your child’s photo here: MetroParent.com/CoverKids.

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