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2019SFGuideCoverIntroducing AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota, a reference tool and planning guide for families and individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities. Learn why sensory-friendly events and activities are important, find recommendations for creating sensory-friendly events and activities, read personal stories, and check out the calendar guide of sensory-friendly community events and activities to unite our community.

Click here to access the electronic version of the guide.

AuSM currently is accepting event and activity listings for the second edition. If you know of a business or organization that offers sensory-friendly events or activities, please encourage them to complete the 2020 listing form. Click here to access the online listing form. Listing submissions for the 2020 guide are due Nov. 25, 2019. A paper form can be accessed here. Advertising space, which includes enhanced listings, also is available. The second edition of AuSM's Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota will be available in January 2020.

In collaboration with community partners, AuSM is pleased to offer opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Events and activities submitted by community partners are subject to change. AuSM encourages you to visit the websites provided at least one month prior to attending an event or activity as many require advance registration and some have limited capacity. An event or activity may be postponed or canceled without notice. AuSM does not endorse events and activities included in these listings. We look forward to seeing you out and about in our great community! 

 


 

SEPTEMBER 2019

FIND Network's Free Day at the Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota Zoo
Sept. 14 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Apple Valley
Cost: FREE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1152115298333144/

Sensory-Friendly Second Saturdays
TPT, Twin Cities PBS
Sept. 14; see website for time
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
www.tpt.org/sensory

Sensory-Friendly Sunday
Science Museum of Minnesota
Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. 
Location: St. Paul
Cost: $8.95-$24.95
www.smm.org/sensorysunday

Sensory-Friendly Day
Duluth Children’s Museum
Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Location: Duluth
Cost: $5
www.playduluth.org

Sensory-Friendly Night
Minnesota History Center
Sept. 17 from 6-8 p.m. 
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minnesota-history-center-sensory-friendly-night-tickets-69042629363

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Eden Prairie
Sept. 17 from 6-8 p.m. 
Location: Eden Prairie
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/eden-prairie-mn/other-ways-to-play/special-events/

AuSM Monthly Birthday Celebration and Game Night
Sept. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Location: AuSM in St. Paul
Cost: $3; Free if it's your birthday month!
Click here for more information.

Third-Friday Dances
St. Louis Park Recreation Center
Reach For Resources
Sept. 20 from 7-9 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Park
Cost: $5-$7
www.reachforresources.org

SelfAdvocacy2018LogoWEBAuSM’s 2nd Annual Self-Advocacy Summit
Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Union Depot, St. Paul
Click here for more information.

Sensory-Friendly Play
Eagles Nest Indoor Playground
Sept. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Location: New Brighton
Cost: $3.50/Child (correction from Sensory-Friendly Guide), RSVP Required 
https://www.newbrightonmn.gov/new-brighton-parks-and-recreation-announces-sensory-friendly-events-at-popular-eagles-nest-indoor-playground/

Sensory-Friendly Sundays
Three Rivers Parks District: Lowry Nature Center
Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Victoria, Minn.
Cost: FREE
https://www.threeriversparks.org/index.php/location/lowry-nature-center

Sensory-Friendly Sundays
Three Rivers Parks District: French Visitor Center
Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Plymouth
Cost: FREE
https://www.threeriversparks.org/index.php/location/french-visitor-center

TCA5K
Twin Cities Autism Foundation 

Sept. 28 
Location: Oak Grove Park, Brooklyn Park
Cost: $30 pre-registration; $35 at the event; dollars raised support scholarships for the local autism community.
https://www.tcautism.com/


 

OCTOBER 2019

Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays
Cheap Skate
Oct. 1 from 6-9 p.m. 
Location: Coon Rapids
Cost: $4+
www.cheapskatecr.com

Intelligent Lives Film Screening
Highland Park Library
Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
https://sppl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=intelligent%20lives

Parents’ Night Out
Trinity Church/Special Journeys
Oct. 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Location: Lakeville
Cost: FREE, RSVP Required
Facebook.com/TrinityChurchMNSpecialJourneys

Sensory-Friendly Jump
Urban Air Adventure Park
Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Coon Rapids
Cost: $13.99
https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/activities/sensory-friendly-jump

Intelligent Lives Film Screening
Rondo Community Library
Oct. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
https://sppl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=intelligent%20lives

Sensory-Friendly Storytime
Wild Rumpus
Oct. 10 from 9:30-10 a.m. 
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
www.wildrumpusbooks.com/sensoryfriendlystorytime

Sensory-Friendly Second Saturdays
TPT, Twin Cities PBS
Oct. 12; see website for time 
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
www.tpt.org/sensory

PumpkinwebAuSM Pumpkin Trolley
Oct. 12 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Minneapolis
Cost: $5-$20
Click here for more information.

Autism Friendly Early Entry
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Oct. 13 from 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings/#/general

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Plymouth
Oct. 14 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Plymouth
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/plymouth-mn/calendar/20181112/3204126/

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Eden Prairie
Oct. 15 from 6-8 p.m. 
Location: Eden Prairie
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/eden-prairie-mn/other-ways-to-play/special-events/

Autism Friendly Early Entry
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Oct. 16 from 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings/#/general 

AuSM Monthly Birthday Celebration and Game Night
Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Location: AuSM in St. Paul
Cost: $3; Free if it's your birthday month!
Click here for more information.

Intelligent Lives Film Screening
Arlington Hills Library
Oct. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
https://sppl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=intelligent%20lives

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Circus Abyssinia
Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/circus-abyssinia-ethiopian-dreams

Chuck E. Cheese's Fundraiser for AuSM 
All Minnesota Locations
Oct. 18 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Something fun to do on the Friday of MEA weekend!)
Location: All Minnesota Locations
Cost: 20% of purchases made on this day will be donated to AuSM in support of programs and services for the local autism community. Wear a Halloween costume to this October fundraiser and you will receive 50 free tickets!
Click here to find a location near you.

Third-Friday Dances
St. Louis Park Recreation Center
Reach For Resources
Oct. 18 from 7-9 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Park
Cost: $5-$7
www.reachforresources.org

Sensory-Friendly Sundays
Three Rivers Parks District: Lowry Nature Center
Oct. 20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Victoria, Minn.
Cost: FREE
https://www.threeriversparks.org/index.php/location/lowry-nature-center

Sensory-Friendly Sundays
Three Rivers Parks District: French Visitor Center
Oct. 20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Plymouth
Cost: FREE
https://www.threeriversparks.org/index.php/location/french-visitor-center

Sensory-Friendly Sunday
Science Museum of Minnesota
Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. 
Location: St. Paul
Cost: $8.95-$24.95
www.smm.org/sensorysunday

Sensory-Friendly Day
Duluth Children’s Museum
Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Location: Duluth
Cost: $5
www.playduluth.org

Intelligent Lives Film Screening
George Latimer Central Library
Oct. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
https://sppl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=intelligent%20lives

Ghostly Gala Halloween Party
Brooklyn Park Community Center
Reach For Resources
Oct. 26 from 5-8 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Park
Cost: $10-$15
www.reachforresources.org


 

NOVEMBER 2019

Parents’ Night Out
Trinity Church/Special Journeys
Nov. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Location: Lakeville
Cost: FREE, RSVP Required
Facebook.com/TrinityChurchMNSpecialJourneys

Autism Friendly Family Cosmic Bowling at Huikko's
Autism Allies of Wright County
Nov. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Buffalo, Minn.
Cost: $5/person or $20/family
http://www.autismallies.org/events

Chuck E. Cheese's Fundraiser for AuSM 
All Minnesota Locations
Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: All Minnesota Locations
Cost: 20% of purchases made on this day will be donated to AuSM in support of programs and services for the local autism community.
Click here to find a location near you.

Sensory-Friendly Jump
Urban Air Adventure Park
Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Coon Rapids
Cost: $13.99
https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/activities/sensory-friendly-jump

Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays
Cheap Skate
Nov. 5 from 6-9 p.m. 
Location: Coon Rapids
Cost: $4+
www.cheapskatecr.com

Bailame Dance Festival
Nov. 8-11 
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: see website; a portion of the profits will be donated to AuSM
https://www.bailamedancefestival.com/

Sensory-Friendly Second Saturdays
TPT, Twin Cities PBS
Nov. 9; see website for time
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
www.tpt.org/sensory

Autism Friendly Early Entry
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Nov. 10 from 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings/#/general

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Plymouth
Nov. 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. 
Location: Plymouth
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/plymouth-mn/calendar/20181112/3204126/

Autism Friendly Early Entry
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Nov. 13 from 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings/#/general

Sensory-Friendly Storytime
Wild Rumpus
Nov. 14 from 9:30-10 a.m. 
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
www.wildrumpusbooks.com/sensoryfriendlystorytime

Third-Friday Dances
St. Louis Park Recreation Center
Reach For Resources
Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Park
Cost: $5-$7
www.reachforresources.org

Sensory-Friendly Sunday
Science Museum of Minnesota
Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. 
Location: St. Paul
Cost: $8.95-$24.95
www.smm.org/sensorysunday

Sensory-Friendly Day
Duluth Children’s Museum
Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Location: Duluth
Cost: $5
www.playduluth.org

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Eden Prairie
Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m. 
Location: Eden Prairie
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/eden-prairie-mn/other-ways-to-play/special-events/

AuSM Monthly Birthday Celebration and Game Night
Nov. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Location: AuSM in St. Paul
Cost: $3; Free if it's your birthday month!
Click here for more information.

Sensory-Friendly Sundays
Three Rivers Parks District: Lowry Nature Center
Nov. 24 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Victoria, Minn.
Cost: FREE
https://www.threeriversparks.org/index.php/location/lowry-nature-center

Sensory-Friendly Sundays
Three Rivers Parks District: French Visitor Center
Nov. 24 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Plymouth
Cost: FREE
https://www.threeriversparks.org/index.php/location/french-visitor-center


 

DECEMBER 2019

Sensitive Santa
Northtown Mall
December from 8-10 a.m. 
Location: Blaine
Cost: FREE
www.thenorthtownmall.com

Sensitive Santa
Maplewood Mall
Dec. 1 from 9-11 a.m. 
Location: Maplewood
Cost: FREE
www.maplewoodmall.com

Sensitive Santa
Southdale Center
December; see website for time and date 
Location: Edina
Cost: FREE www.simon.com/mall/southdale-center

Sensory-Friendly Jump
Urban Air Adventure Park
Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Coon Rapids
Cost: $13.99
https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/activities/sensory-friendly-jump

Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays
Cheap Skate
Dec. 3; 6-9 p.m. 
Location: Coon Rapids
Cost: $4+
www.cheapskatecr.com

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Snow White
Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/snow-white

Parents’ Night Out
Trinity Church/Special Journeys

Dec. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Location: Lakeville
Cost: FREE, RSVP Required
Facebook.com/TrinityChurchMNSpecialJourneys

Autism Friendly Early Entry
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Dec. 8 from 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings/#/general

Sensitive Santa
Maplewood Mall
Dec. 8 from 9-11 a.m. 
Location: Maplewood
Cost: FREE
www.maplewoodmall.com

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Plymouth
Dec. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Plymouth
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/plymouth-mn/calendar/20181112/3204126/

Autism Friendly Early Entry
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Dec. 11 from 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings/#/general

Sensory-Friendly Storytime
Wild Rumpus
Dec. 12 from 9:30-10 a.m. 
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
www.wildrumpusbooks.com/sensoryfriendlystorytime

Sensory-Friendly Second Saturdays
TPT, Twin Cities PBS
Dec. 14; see website for time
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE www.tpt.org/sensory

Sensory-Friendly Sunday
Science Museum of Minnesota
Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. 
Location: St. Paul
Cost: $8.95-$24.95
www.smm.org/sensorysunday

Sensory-Friendly Day
Duluth Children’s Museum
Dec. 15 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Location: Duluth
Cost: $5
www.playduluth.org

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Eden Prairie
Dec. 17 from 6-8 p.m. 
Location: Eden Prairie
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/eden-prairie-mn/other-ways-to-play/special-events/

AuSM Monthly Birthday Celebration and Game Night
Dec. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Location: AuSM in St. Paul
Cost: $3; Free if it's your birthday month!
Click here for more information.

Third-Friday Dances
St. Louis Park Recreation Center
Reach For Resources
Dec. 20 from 7-9 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Park
Cost: $5-$7
www.reachforresources.org
January 2020

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Cinderella
Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/cinderella
February 2020

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Three Little Birds
Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/bob-marley-s-three-little-birds


March 2020


 

April 2020

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Spamtown, USA
April 3 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/spamtown-usa


May 2020


June 2020

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Annie
June 12 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/annie


RECURRING

Navigating MSP
MSP Airport
Monthly at 1 p.m. 
Location: Bloomington
www.mspairport.com/airport/accessibility/navigating-msp-program

Sensory-Friendly Early Open
Galaxie Library, Dakota County
See website for dates; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Apple Valley
Cost: FREE
www.www.co.dakota.mn.us/libraries/Programs/Everyone/Pages/sensory-friendly-early-open.aspx

MNZoo4All - A Sensory Guide
Minnesota Zoo
Year Round
Location: Apple Valley
Cost: FREE
www.mnzoo.org/mnzoo4all

Drop-In Paint Time
Simply ArtAble
Year Round; Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: $5+
www.simplyjanestudio.com

Sensory Friendly
P3 Planet 3 Extreme Trampoline Park
Quarterly at 11 a.m. 
Location: Duluth
Cost: $11+
www.planet3duluth.com

Autism and Special Needs Gym
Tony’s Place
Year Round; 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Blaine
Cost: $12
https://www.inclusiveplayplaces.org/


LESSONS

Swimming Lessons
Foss Swim School
Year Round; Times Vary 
Location: Eden Prairie
Cost: $21 per class; 4 classes per month
www.fossswimschool.com

Horseback Riding Lessons
St. Croix Trailblazers
Year Round; Times Vary
Location: Stillwater
Cost: $21 per class; 4 classes per month
www.stcroixtrailblazers.org

Adaptive Gymnastics, Dance, Karate
Mini Hops Gymnastics
Year Round|Various Times, 1:1 adaptive gymnastics 
Location: Plymouth
Cost: Varies
www.Mini-Hops.com/Programming/Adaptive

Adaptive Gymnastics
Mini Hops Gymnastics
Year Round; Various Times, independent, ages 6+ 
Location: Plymouth
Cost: Varies
www.Mini-Hops.com/Programming/Adaptive

Adult Fitness
Mini Hops Gymnastics
Year Round; Various Times no limits 
Location: Plymouth
Cost: Varies
www.Mini-Hops.com/Programming/Adaptive