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.

Friday Frolic at the Troy Community Center

Sept. 13, 2019

  • Address: Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road, Troy
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $7/person

Those who have disabilities enjoy a fun evening of music and dancing. Ages 16-plus.

Sensory Storytime at the Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch

Sept. 14, 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.

PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library

Sept. 17, 2019

  • 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.

Sock Hop at Springfield Oaks County Park 

Sept. 18, 2019

  • Address: Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/caregiver, $10/participant; registration required.

Grown-ups with developmental disabilities enjoy an evening of music, food, dancing at fun with a ’50s theme.

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

Sept. 21, 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.

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

Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019 

  • Address: Jack & Pattie Salter Club, 1545 E. Lincoln, Royal Oak
  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m. daily
  • 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 Jump at Sky Zone Brighton 

Oct. 6, 2019

  • Address: 8151 Movie Drive, Brighton
  • Time: 9-11 a.m.
  • Cost: $9.99/hour in advance, $13.99/hour at the door

This trampoline park offers low-sensory jump time for patrons who have autism or other sensory processing disorders. First hour features no music.

Adult and Teen Sensory Storytime at the Bloomfield Township Public Library

Oct. 14, 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.

Sensory-Friendly Saturday at the Frederic H. Pease Auditorium in Ypsilanti

Oct. 19, 2019

  • Address: Frederic H. Pease Auditorium, 494 College Place, Ypsilanti
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free, pre-registration required

Kids who are on the autism spectrum explore brass instruments during the Instrument Petting Zoo. After, there’s a 30-minute performance by the string quartet. A quiet room is available.

Special Needs Family Fun Night at the Downriver Family YMCA in Southgate

Nov. 11, 2019 

  • Address: Downriver Family YMCA, 16777 Northline Road, Southgate
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kids with special needs, and their families, can tackle the rock wall, play some “dodgebowl” and enjoy a rocket-making activity.

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