Minnetonka Sensory Friendly Concert

Musical Autist and the Toneworks Community Foundation present a sensory-friendly concert featuring the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. The FREE concert, supported in part by a Steps of Hope 2015 Support Grant, will take place at the Minnetonka City Hall.

October 18, 2015
3 p.m.


Peer Power Partners presents Brent Anderson

October 20, 2015
Hormel Historic Home, Austin, Minn.

Peer Power Partners mentoring program is offering a community presentation by Brent Anderson, co-author of Unintentional Humor: Celebrating the Literal Mind®, on Oct. 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Hormel Historic Home in Austin, Minn. Peer Power Partners encourages peers to promote friendships, understanding and advocacy. Questions about the community presentation can be directed to Holly Johnson at the Hormel Historic Home at 507.433.4243 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Autism in America premier at the Twin Cities Film Festival

AutismAmerica2015The Twin Cities Film Festival will feature the world premier of Autism in America, a film featuring stories told by families and individuals living with autism.

Thursday, Oct. 22 at 5 and 7:30 p.m.


Showplace ICON Theater
1625 West End Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Click here for more information and to order tickets.


Golden Valley Public Safety Open House for Families with Special Needs

Saturday, October 24, 2015
11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Golden Valley Public Safety Building
7800 Golden Valley Road

Golden Valley Police and Fire Departments invite you to tour their stations and emergency vehicles. Families will have the opportunity to interact with police officers and firefighters while learning about safety. Meet other families with special needs, build relationships with local police officers, firefighters, paramedics and police K-9, and access community resources. The open house will be set up and staffed to accommodate children with special needs and their siblings. Free for all ages. Space is limited. Click here for more information.


Geek Partnership Society Community Haunted House

GeekPartnerHauntedH2015The Geek Partnership Society will host a haunted house this Halloween season. On Oct. 25, the haunted house will be sensory-friendly. On this day, they will make adjustments to meet sensory needs.

Oct. 25, 2015
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Geek Partnership Society
1121 Jackson St. NE #107
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Click here for more information.


Azure Family Concert Series

Azure Family Concerts are autism-friendly, interactive concerts developed specifically for individuals and families touched by autism. Concerts are a safe zone where individuals on the spectrum and families can enjoy an enriching concert experience with activities that are inclusive of children and adults with autism.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, 11 a.m.
Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, Landmark Center

A young, vibrant wind quintet sure to enrich the lives of children, families and community through their inventive, interactive, educational chamber music performances.

Stephen Prutsman
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, 11 a.m.
Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, Landmark Center

A fun, friendly, and engaging 50-minute performance tailored for children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar neurodiversities, and their families and caregivers. Join an autism dad, Stephen Prutsman, an innovative pianist who explores and performs classical, jazz and music of all cultures and languages.

Tickets & Venue Information
Parents, family members and caregivers are welcome. Tickets are required for everyone under the age of 18. Free for parents and chaperones. $5 at the door or $3 in advance. Purchase online or by call The Schubert Club Box Office at 651.292.3268

Landmark Center Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
75 W 5th St, St. Paul, MN

Co-presented by Landmark Center and Wells Pianos.


Children's Theatre Company Sensory-Friendly Performances

CTClogoAuSM is partnering with the Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in their offering of sensory-friendly programming to the Minnesota autism community. CTC is committed to increasing access and inclusion for children and families affected by autism and other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities.

To view CTC's sensory-friendly accommodations and pre-visit resources, click here.

2015-2016 Sensory-Friendly Performances

The Jungle Book - Nov. 13, 2015 at 7 p.m.
The Wizard of Oz - Jan. 8, 2015
The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats - March 18, 2016
Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical - June 2, 2016

In an effort to make sensory friendly performances more accessible for families who may not have the means to attend at the current single ticket rate, CTC offers group rates and the ACT Pass program. Click here for more information.

To order tickets, call the CTC box office at 612.874.0400, or order online at and select the sensory-friendly performance date of your choice.

See a CTC show for FREE
CTC is seeking volunteers to assist with welcoming, ushering and assisting families who participate in the sensory-friendly performances. Volunteers are asked to come one hour prior to the start of the performance and will participate in a 20-minute training followed by 40 minutes of greeting and supporting arriving audience members. Volunteers also receive one free admission to watch the performance for which they volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for a CTC sensory-friendly performance, please click on the below link and complete the form. AuSM will contact you with details specific to your performance(s) of choice.

Click here if you would like to volunteer for a CTC sensory-friendly performance.


Stages Theatre Company Sensory Friendly Performances

StagesTheatreLogoThe Stages Theatre Company sensory-friendly performances are designed for children on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivities. House lights will be on and sound levels will be lowered, and crowds are minimized for these for these judgement-free, “shush-free” performances.

2015-2016 Sensory-Friendly Performances

Junie B. Jones The Musical - Oct. 10, 2015
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom - Oct. 31. 2015
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Dec. 12, 2015
Bear Snores On - Feb. 6, 2016
The Snow Queen - March 12, 2016
I Love You, Stinky Face - May 14, 2016
Annie, Jr. - July 30, 2016

Click here for more information on the sensory-friendly performances and to order tickets.

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
Box Office: 952.979.1111


Stages Theatre Company CAST Program Classes

CASTlogowebCAST is an educational program designed and provided by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for children ages 8-17 who have autism. Their aim is to foster self-expression, social enagement, creative exploration and confidence in each student, no matter where he or she lands on the spectrum. 

FALL: Saturdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 21, 2015
WINTER: Saturdays, Jan. 16-March 12, 2016
SPRING: Saturdays, March 26-May 21, 2016

Click here to register.

For more information, visit, or contact Nikki Swoboda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 952.979.1138.