Sensory-Friendly Events and Accessible Play in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Enjoy a fun day in a quieter and calmer atmosphere.

Having a hard time looking for something the whole family can do together when your child with special needs doesn’t like large crowds, loud music or bright lights? Here are six places to consider.

Whether you want to watch a new movie coming out or enjoy a quieter experience at an amusement park, you will find something for you and your family to do this September and October. Check ahead for protocols and limited hours due to the pandemic.

CJ Barrymore’s Special Needs Days

The whole family can enjoy go karts, bumper boats, arcade games, bowling, batting cages and more at this indoor/outdoor amusement park. Special activities for children with special needs on Friday and Sunday evenings.

Sensory Friendly Films

  • Address: AMC locations in Auburn Hills, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Livonia, Madison Heights and Sterling Heights
  • Dates: Sept. 11 and 25, 2021

AMC partnered with the Autism Society to put on movies every second and fourth Saturday of every month. See Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (PG-13) on Sept. 11 and Clifford The Big Red Dog (PG) on Sept. 25 in a unique way with the lights up and sound down.

Sensory-Friendly Hike

Children with special needs can enjoy a half-mile guided hike through the park. Sensory-friendly building maps and social stories will be emailed ahead of time. Admission is $3/child, $5/adult, free/2 and under. Preregistration required by Sept. 9.

Sensory-Friendly Hike

Take a guided hike on Pondside Trail and explore your senses in nature. Sensory- friendly building maps and social stories will be emailed ahead of time. Admission is $3/child, $5/adult, free/2 and under. Preregistration required by Sept. 24.

Sensory Sensitive Sundays

  • Address: Chuck E. Cheese locations in Canton and Sterling Heights
  • Date: Sept. 5 and Oct. 3, 2021

Chuck E. Cheese opens up two hours early the first Sunday of every month for children with autism and other special needs. Kids can play in a less crowded area with dimmed lights and minimal or no music at all. All ages and siblings are welcome.

Sky Zone Sensory Hours

  • Address: 50810 Sabrina Drive, Shelby Township
  • Date: Varies

Kids can enjoy jumping in a quieter atmosphere.

Looking for even more accessible fun in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor? Check out our list of barrier-free playgrounds in southeast Michigan

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