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.

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 Film Showings at AMC Theatres

Feb. 12, 23 and 26, 2019

  • Address: Locations vary including AMC Forum 30 (44681 Mound Road, Sterling Heights), AMC Livonia 20 (19500 Haggerty Road, Livonia) and AMC Star Gratiot 15 (35705 S. Gratiot Ave., Clintion Township)
  • Time: Times vary. Check with your closest theatre
  • Cost: Contact for details

See an autism-friendly screening of Miss Bala (PG-13) on Feb. 12, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG) on Feb. 23 and Fighting with my Family (PG-13) on Feb. 26.

Adaptive Recreation Valentine’s Dance at Fillmore Elementary School in Sterling Heights

Feb. 15, 2019

  • Address: Fillmore Elementary, 8655 Irving Road, Sterling Heights
  • Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $7.75-$10/residents, $10.75-$14/non-residents

Those with special needs who are 16 years old and older are invited for an evening of dancing to a live DJ, food and more. Advance registration requested.

Saturday Sports Special at the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb Counties

Feb. 16 and 23, 2019

  • Address: 1545 E. Lincoln, Royal Oak
  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kids ages 6-18 with disabilities can try some parachute games, floor hockey kickball, basketball and other sports. Advance registration required.

Sensory Storytime at the Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch

Feb. 23, 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

Feb. 23, 2019

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

Enjoy picture books, songs and simple sign language for all ages and levels of ability themed to trains in November and birthdays in December.

PAWS for Reading at the Sterling Heights Public Library

Feb. 26, 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Social at Waterford Oaks Activity Center

March 6, 2019

  • Address: Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: $10/participant, $5/caregiver

Those with developmental and physical disabilities enjoy an evening of St. Patrick’s Day fun – includes music, dancing and  pizza. Advance registration required.

Adult and Teen Sensory Storytime at the Bloomfield Township Public Library

March 11, 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.

OUCARES Family Fun Day at the Oakland University Recreation Center in Rochester

March 23, 2019

  • Address: Oakland University Recreation Center, 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester
  • Time: noon-4 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kids and grown-ups with autism spectrum disorders enjoy art projects, face painting, inflatable bouncers, swimming and more. There’s an information fair for caretakers, too.

Baseball Bash at the Royal Oak Senior Center

April 12, 2019

  • Address: 3500 Marais Ave., Royal Oak
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Cost: $10/person, $5/caregiver

This event features nachos, popcorn, dancing and baseball fun for adults with developmental disabilities. Advance registration required.

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