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.

Little girl with paint on her hands

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.

Unfortunately, most of the events in Southeast Michigan are currently cancelled due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun at home, and there are some great at-home options for kids with special needs. Check out some of our favorite ideas here.

Virtual Events

Animal Lessons with the Detroit Zoo 

Got an animal enthusiast on your hands? The Detroit Zoo’s Facebook page features educational posts on the animals that live there.

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Storytime with Miss Allie

Miss Allie, a certified Michigan art educator from Kalamazoo, takes to Facebook multiple times throughout the day to entertain little ones with live readings of beloved classic kids’ books.

Nickelodeon’s #KidsTogether

This global initiative uses Nickelodeon characters from beloved shows like SpongeBob SquarePantsBlue’s Clues and Bubble Guppies to promote healthy living through short videos, downloadable activities and more.

Virtual Staycation with Pure Michigan 

Take your child on a virtual tour around the state to see the beaches, the forests and much more.

At-Home Activities

Looking for even more at-home fun? Try some of the activities we have listed in our roundups!

Make a sensory bin

Kids with special needs or sensory processing disorders will love these fun and simple sensory bin ideas.

Try a fun indoor activity

Looking for things to do indoors with a child who has special needs? Here, we offer 8 creative indoor activities for kids of all abilities to try.

Download a coloring Sheet

Child coloring with a colored pencil

Kids can get colorful and creative with these fun and free coloring pages for kids, which include friendly monsters, Detroit Tigers, Disney characters and more.

Take a trip to the Detroit Zoo or the Belle Isle Nature Center 

They are sensory certified, now!

Go berry picking 

A woman and child holding a basket of strawberries while sitting in a strawberry field

Berry-picking is great fun and good for social distancing. Find some sweet options at these u-pick berry farms in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

This post is updated regularly. 

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