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FREE Fidgety Fairytales Performances

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FidgetyHeraldwebThe Prince and the Pea - two free performances open to the public

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Prince Frank doesn't act like other princes. When the Queen decides to test him, his hypersensitivity helps him feel a teeny, tiny pea under 20 mattresses. This fairy tale that has been re-imagined to raise awareness about autism and will be performed by a cast of teens with autism. The Snow Queen (depression) and The Little Match Girl (autism) also will be performed.

Location
MN Children's Museum's Great Big Room
10 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55102

For more information about The Prince and the Pea performances, please contact Matt Jenson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 651.644.7333. Click here to reserve your seats.

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Performances are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Toys at the MN History Center

Sunday, December 7, 2014
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

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The Minnesota History Center invites you to come and explore our Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s and Open House exhibits. This experience is exclusive to AuSM kids and their families. Museum staff will have hands-on activities, games, and crafts available. Admission is free and space is limited. Click here to reserve your spot or call 651.259.3015.

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Sensory Friendly Santa Events on Dec. 7

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December 7 from 8-10 a.m.
This is a special time to visit Santa, reserved especially for children with autism. The event will include lower lighting and reduced noise levels. Participants will receive a free Santa photo and enjoy festive giveaways. If you would like to participate, please contact Linda Sell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to RSVP.

Southdale Center (New location of Steps of Hope 2015!)

December 7 from 9-11 a.m.
Caring Santa provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families to visit Santa. Click here to reserve your time to visit Caring Santa at Southdale Center.

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Sensory Friendly Showing of Annie

Carmike Cinema Wynnsong 15 in Mounds View

Dec. 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for coloring contests, face painting and fun before the show. During the show, the lights will stay on, the sound will be reduced and attendees can feel free to roam around the theater, sing, dance and be themselves.

Click here for more information.

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Stages Theatre Company Sensory Friendly Performances

1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
Box Office: 952.979.1111

Click here to visit the Stages Theatre Company website.

Goodnight Moon
January 31, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Click here to order tickets.

One-Dog Canoe
April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Click here to order tickets.

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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.

2014-2015 Sensory-Friendly Performances

Snowflake - Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 7 p.m.
The Biggest Little House in the Forest - Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12 p.m.
The Biggest Little House in the Forest - Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Peter Pan the Musical - Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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.

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Stages Theatre Company CAST Program Classes

CASTlogowebOffered in partnership with AuSM, CAST 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. 

The following sessions of CAST have open registration:

  • Fall: Saturdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 22, 2014 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. David's Center
  • Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 17-March 7, 2015 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. David's Center
  • Spring: Saturdays, March 28-May 16, 2015 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. David's Center

Click here to register.

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

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POP at Minnesota Life College

Pre-Orientation Program (POP)

MLCLogoConfMinnesota Life College's Pre-Orientation Program (POP) is designed to give incoming college freshmen and high school juniors and seniors with plans to attend a traditional college or university the opportunity to have more personalized time to learn how to access their campus, how to handle dorm life and roommate concerns, practice using the campus computer system, manage a syllabus, and have the processing time to be ready for the first day of the actual college experience. This program is an opportunity for those attending any two-or four-year college to benefit from the training and expertise of Minnesota Life College professionals, even if they plan to study elsewhere.

Summer 2015 Session
July 11-16, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN

The registration deadline is June 12, 2015. Click here to register or for more information about POP.