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.

PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library

June 20, 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

 June 23, 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: Cars 3

June 24, 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 Cars 3 (G).

Autism Spectrum Disorder Swim Day at Rolling Hills County Park in Ypsilanti

June 24, 2017

  • Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
  • Time: 9-11 a.m.
  • Cost: $10/resident, $13/non-residents

EMU’s Autism Collaborative Center and Rolling Hills County Park host this annual swim for kids and adults on the autism spectrum.

Sensory-Friendly Saturday at the Ford Rouge Factory in Dearborn

June 24, 2017

  • Address: 7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
  • Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $13.25-$18

Kids on the with sensory needs or who are on the autism spectrum can take a sensory-friendly tour of the Ford Rouge Factory.

Emagine Autism-Friendly Movies & Fun: Despicable Me 3

July 1, 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. Today, see Despicable Me 3 (PG). Kids with autism can see new flicks in a safe, understanding environment. On June 17, see Cars 3 (G). On July 1, see Despicable Me 3 (PG). See Spider-Man: Homecoming* (PG-13) on July 15 and The Emoji Movie on Aug. 5.

PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library

July 11, 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.

Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness at Lotus One Yoga Studio in New Baltimore

July 13, 2017

  • Address: 35700 Green Street, New Baltimore
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. Thursday
  • Cost: $40

These playful classes for ages 2-5 combine yoga poses with engaging yoga adventures, songs and games that exercise sensory and motor skills while increasing flexibility, stimulating self-expression and building social skills.

Speech-Language Presentation at Babies ‘R Us in Sterling Heights

July 13, 2017

  • Address: 12050 Hall Road, Sterling Heights
  • Time: 7 p.m. Thursday
  • Cost: Free

Find out about developmental milestones and how to help develop your child’s communication skills with everyday, play-based activities.

Emagine Autism-Friendly Movies & Fun: Spider-Man: Homecoming

July 15, 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. Today, see Spider-Man: Homecoming* (PG-13).

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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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