10 Places That Offer Special Days for Special Needs
Special Days for Special Needs
Sometimes you just want to get out of the house. Sometimes you want to throw the gear in the car and caution to the wind and go on an adventure with your kid (the wind in the hair and music on full blast and all that). But most times it’s too much. If you’re a special needs parent, you’re a fortune teller of sorts. You possess the ability to look into the future and see all the things that might go wrong at the park/restaurant/gym/theatre. So you stay home or travel the circuitous routes that are safe in their predictability. But maybe there’s a way to have the adventure AND create a safe space for your child. With a little research and a bit of bravery check out some of these places that offer special days for specials needs. It might just be a voyage worth the undertaking.
1. Chuck E Cheese Sunday
This place can send me into sensory overload. Let’s face it, Chuck can be a little much with the music from a thousand games beeping and buzzing and 90s pop rock thrumming in the background. But Sunday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Chuck calms down. Specifically designed by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, this morning time provides play and pizza time with less crowds and less noise, which means more fun for you and your child.
2. Trampoline Parks
There are three trampoline parks in our vicinity that offer special needs hours. These are times that only the families of special needs children can come and jump and not be double bounced my a burly fifteen-year-old in the little kid’s section. We went and all my son wanted to do was lie in the bouncy house and let the waves roll him around, so he did, and it was magic. Check your local trampoline parks for hours.
3. Sensory Friendly Films
I love movies. I love the ambiance. I love the extra salty popcorn and bucket-sized cokes. I even love the previews. But my son cannot handle the several thousand watts of noise coupled with total darkness. It’s loud and scary and definitely not entertaining. But AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer movies with the lights up and sound down. Your child is encouraged to get up, talk, fidget and do whatever he or she needs to do to enjoy the show. No one’s going to yell at you for talking too loudly here. The Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Check your local theaters for participation.
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