May 21, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Violinist Helen Chang Haertzen
Orchestra Hall - Target Atrium
Sensory Friendly Concerts are an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to attend a musical experience in an accommodating environment. The concerts are designed to provide equal access to quality music free of the stigma and rules that are required in typical concert settings. In addition to watching ensembles of Minnesota Orchestra musicians, individuals with disabilities are given the opportunity to share their musical talents in front of an appreciative audience. Helen will be playing a collection of solo pieces for violin. She has been playing the violin since age 5, and joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003.
May 31-June 3
Ordway in St. Paul
The Ordway presents this exciting event for families and school children that will include performances, activities, and more. Visit AuSM in the outside tent area May 31-June 3 and make an AuSM Inclusivity Square. Put your creativity to the test as you construct an interactive square that will teach you tips and tricks for being a good friend. Celebrate what makes all of us unique and make everyone feel accepted, respected, and included. Click here for more information about the festival.
June 1, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.
This sensory-friendly performance of Where the Wild Things Are will take place during the Flint Hills International Children's Festival at the Ordway in St. Paul on June 1 at 11:15 a.m. Tickets are $3.50 each and can be ordered through the Ordway's Education Hotline, 651.282.3115 or 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.
2015-2016 Sensory-Friendly Performances
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
Hopkins, MN 55343
Box Office: 952.979.1111
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.
2015-2016 Sensory-Friendly Performances
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 www.childrenstheatre.org 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.
Saturday, July 2 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.
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.