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.

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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 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.

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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

Oct. 17, 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.

The Social Club at Living and Learning in Northville

Oct. 17, 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.

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

Oct. 20, 2017

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

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

Oct. 21, 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

Oct. 21, 2017

  • Address: 150 Mary Alexander Ct., Northville
  • Time: 10-11 a.m. Saturdays
  • Cost: $30 per session

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.

Aqua Swim Club Monthly Open House at Franklin Athletic Center

Oct. 21, 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: My Little Pony: The Movie

Oct. 28, 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 My Little Pony: The Movie (PG).

Emagine Sensory-Friendly Movies

Nov. 4, 2017

  • Address: Various locations; check website in advance
  • Time: Saturdays; showtimes vary
  • Cost: Call ahead for pricing

These movie showings make going to the movies a more enjoyable and accessible experience for families, children and teens on the autism spectrum. Today, see Thor: Ragnarok.

Super Sparks: All Access Family Days at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit

Nov. 5, 2017

  • Address: 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Time: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Included with regular admission

MiSci is opening its doors early exclusively for special needs families. Activities include adapted shows, explainer demonstrations and more.

AMC Sensory-Friendly Films: Thor: Ragnarok

Nov. 11, 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 Thor: Ragnarok (NR).

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