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?

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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.

Sensory-Friendly Films at Select AMC Theatres

June 25, 2019

  • Address: AMC Forum 30 (44681 Mound Road, Sterling Heights), AMC Livonia 20 (19500 Haggerty Road, Livonia), AMC Star Gratiot 15 (35705 S. Gratiot Ave., Clinton Township)
  • Time: Check with your local theater
  • Cost: Standard ticket rates apply

Kids and adults with sensory processing disorders enjoy a movie screening in a safe, supportive and sensory-friendly environment. See Men In Black International on June 25.

Red, White & Blue Picnic at Clawson City Park

June 27, 2019

  • Address: 935 E. Custer St., Clawson
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: $10/person, $5/caregiver

This event features music, dancing, dinner and other Fourth of July fun for adults with developmental disabilities. Advance registration required.

PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library

July 2, 16 and 30, 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.

Special Needs Sensory-Friendly Jump at Sky Zone in Brighton

July 7, 2019

  • Address: Sky Zone Brighton, 8151 Movie Drive, Brighton
  • Time: 9-11 a.m.
  • Cost: $9.99-$13.99/hour

Kids with special needs can jump on wall-to-wall trampolines at this spot. The first hour will be sensory-friendly with no music. Music starts at 10 a.m. due to other programming.

Adult and Teen Sensory Storytime at the Bloomfield Township Public Library

July 8, 2019

  • Address: 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township
  • Time: 11 a.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.

Oakland County Fair Adaptive Day at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg

July 11, 2019

  • Address: Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg
  • Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Register in advance and enjoy a sensory- and special needs- friendly experience at Oakland county’s beloved fair tradition.

Dreams & Wings at the Oakland County International Airport Barnstormers Hanger in Waterford

July 13, 2019

  • Address: Oakland County International Airport Barnstormers Hanger, 6500 Highland Road, Waterford
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: Free; advance registration required

Climb into the cockpit of an aircraft and join an experienced pilot high in the sky. Educational airplane displays and activities included. Open to kids ages 6-17 with developmental disabilities.

Sensory-Friendly Touch-A-Truck at Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia

July 27, 2019

  • Address: Greenmead Historical Park, 20501 Newburgh Road, Livonia
  • Time: 9-10 a.m.
  • Cost: $1/parking donation

Kids can get up close and personal with a variety of working vehicles, including ambulances, police cars and fire engines. Special quiet hours for kids with sensory processing issues run one hour prior to the open event.

Sensory Storytime at the Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch

July 27, 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.

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.

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