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Wishing Tree Play Cafe Sensory Friendly Play Dates

2:30-4 p.m.

Wishing Tree Play Café
1011 Meadowlands Dr. #2
White Bear Township, MN

The Wishing Tree Play Café is excited to offer Sensory Friendly Play Dates! We welcome families to join us every Wednesday afternoon to play in a sensory sensitive environment from 2:30-4 p.m. In order to provide a comfortable play area, the Wishing Tree will soften the lighting and music level, offer a less-crowded environment, and decrease visual distractions where possible. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to connect with each other in a kind and welcoming atmosphere. Cost: Click here for more information.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children's Theatre Company

Grinch2018Jan. 5, 2018
7 p.m.

Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Join us for this sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave—and who, oh who will save Christmas? CTC’s all-time audience favorite musical brings alive the songs, the story and the Seuss in mega-doses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain—and woo-hoo! for a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to grow anyone’s heart three sizes. Click here for more information and to order tickets.

A limited number of volunteer seats are available for this performance. Volunteers welcome guests, hand out information from the AuSM resource table in the lobby, and often help with intermission activities. Volunteers are asked to arrive one hour prior to the show and are given a free ticket to watch. Click here to volunteer for this performance.

Schubert Club Sounds of Mexico Concert

SchubertMexicoJan2018Sensory-Friendly Family Concert: Sounds of Mexico with Andale Juana! (Yumhali Garcia, Israel Aranda, and Alberto Villegas)

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
11 a.m.

Landmark Center Courtroom 317
75 W. 5th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive, interactive concerts for families. These free events allow audience members to enjoy an enriching concert experience in a sensory-friendly format. Listen to the wonderful sound of the Son Huasteco and the Guapango. Discover and interact with fascinating Mexican folk instruments and learn dance steps to this rhythmically vibrant music. Cost: FREE

Sensory-Friendly Violin and Bass Duo


Feb. 13, 2018 
11 a.m.

Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Pamela Arnstein, bassist Kathryn Nettleman, and talented guest musicians from the audience! The Minnesota Orchestra's sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Lyndie Walker, MT-BC, of Toneworks Music Therapy Services hosts these concerts. Cost: Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event. Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets.

Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 - Huge Resource Fair

SOH2018LogoMarch 4, 2018
8:30-11 a.m.

Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435

Are you ready for the ultimate autism community event of the year? Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 will be coming your way on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 8:30-11 a.m. Held at Southdale Center in Edina, Steps of Hope will feature the state's largest annual autism resource fair, fun games, the 2nd annual AuSM Flash Dash, and a huge opportunity to join this awesome community in raising dollars to support programs and services for those affected by autism in Minnesota. Cost: FREE. Click here for more information and to get registered.