Special Needs Events for Kids and Parents in Metro Detroit

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

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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.

Interested in adding an upcoming special needs event in southeast Michigan to this roundup – or to our calendar of upcoming events?

Just submit event details there, and we’ll see that it’s added to this list, as well.

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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.

Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special at the Jack & Pattie Salter Club in Royal Oak

Nov. 23, 2019 

  • Address: Jack & Pattie Salter Club, 1545 E. Lincoln, Royal Oak
  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free; registration required

Kids ages 6-18 who have disabilities are invited to play parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, basketball and other activities.

Sensory-Friendly Saturday: Towers of Tomorrow with Lego Bricks at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn

Nov. 23, 2019

  • Address: The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: $18-$22

Kids on the autism spectrum can enjoy this fun Lego exhibit free of loud noises and other sensory sensitivities.

Sensory-Friendly Play at Detroit Kid City in Dearborn 

Nov. 27, 2019

  • Address: 22950 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Cost: $10/child

Kids 16 and under who have sensory-processing disorders are invited to make fun crafts and participate in cardio drumming. Registration required.

Sensory Storytime at the Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch

Dec. 7, 2019

  • Address: 2503 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kids ages 3-7 are welcome to enjoy an hour filled with interactive stories, rhymes and free play.

Adaptive Storytime at the Sterling Heights Public Library

Dec. 7, 2019

  • Address: Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex, 650 Church St., Plymouth
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kids with autism or other sensory processing disorders enjoy a morning full of stories and movement. Aimed at ages 3-10. Kids must be accompanied by a caregiver. Registration required.

Adult and Teen Sensory Storytime at the Bloomfield Township Public Library

Dec. 9, 2019

  • Address: 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township
  • Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Adults and teens with special needs are invited for a story full of songs, movement and art. A support person is welcome to come and participate. Registration is not required.

PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library

Dec. 10, 2019

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

The Polar Express: Sensory Sensitive Family Moving Showing at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton

Dec. 14, 2019 

  • Address: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: $5/person

Kids and adults with autism or other sensory processing disorders enjoy a sensory-friendly screening of The Polar Express. Theater-goers are free to move, clap and sing along with the movie. Fidget toys, headphones and weighted blankets are available.

Count Me In! Special Needs Storytime at the Canton Public Library

Dec. 14, 2019

  • Address: 1200 S. Canton Center Road, Canton
  • Time: 4-4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy picture books, songs and simple sign language during this monthly. Open to all ages and levels of ability.

Adaptive Recreation Christmas Party at Century Banquet Center in Sterling Heights 

Dec. 19, 2019

  • Address: Century Banquet Center, 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights
  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $10-$15

Kids and adults with special needs enjoy an evening of holiday fun that includes music, dancing, food and visits with Santa. Registration required.

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