July 26, 2016
Minnesota History Center
Celebrating Diversity in Our Community: Free and open to the public, this event is organized by MNSCOD. Program 3-5 p.m. Keynote Address by Ken Rodgers, Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities. Entertainment 6:30-8:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
The 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.
2016 Sensory-Friendly Performances
Annie, Jr. - July 30, 2016
Click here for more information on the sensory-friendly performances and to order tickets.
Stages Theatre Company
Hopkins, MN 55343
Box Office: 952.979.1111
Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m.
Hennepin Theatre Trust is offering a sensory-friendly performance of Disney's The Lion King that is specifically designed for individuals with sensory, social and learning disabilities and their families and is the first sensory-friendly performance of a touring Broadway show in Minnesota.
This special show provides families the opportunity to enjoy live theatre in a welcoming and supportive environment — something that is often out of reach, as performance spaces may not typically offer a comfortable space for them. Click here for more information and to order tickets.
9 a.m. on Fridays throughout the summer
Ramsey County Library
Roseville, 2180 North Hamline Ave.
The Ramsey County Library in Roseville is offering sensory-friendly mornings every Friday this summer. The Library will open the Children’s Area an hour early for children who have special sensory needs and families who are looking for a smaller, more adaptive library experience. Staff also will be on hand for tours or to answer questions. This service can be enjoyed by all children but is specifically designed for young children who need a quieter learning environment than regular library hours provide. Please call 651.724.6032 for more information.
Aug. 1-5, 2016
Hamline University, St. Paul
Organized by the Down Syndrome Association, iCan Bike Camp is a gateway to a lifelong fitness activity. Camp participants experience the sheer joy and sense of accomplishment that infuses them with confidence and self-esteem spilling over into may areas of their lives. One of the main reasons families attend camp is so their son or daughter is able to bike together with friends and family members. Click here for more information and to register.
AuSM 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.
2016-2017 Sensory-Friendly Performances
Pinocchio - Aug. 12, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Elephant & Piggie's We are in a Play - Oct. 21, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Cinderella - Jan. 6, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Seuss' The Sneetches - March 24, 2017 at 7 p.m.
A Year with Frog and Toad - June 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.
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 www.childrenstheatre.org and select the sensory-friendly performance date of your choice.
Volunteer and 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. Eight volunteers are needed for each performance.
Fall Fun Day
Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 1-5 p.m.
Minneapolis Police Special Operations Center
4119 Dupont Ave.
North Minneapolis, MN 55412
Special Olympics Minnesota, the Autism Society of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Police invite you to a fall fun day for communities serving children with autism. Families will have the opportunity to meet other families affected by autism, build relationships with local emergency responders, try a new sport with Special Olympics Minnesota, and access autism resources from the Autism Society of Minnesota. Activities will be set up and staffed to accommodate children with autism and their siblings, ages 6 and up. This event is free, but registration is required.