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Uniting the Community Events

2018SummerCatalogCvrIn partnership with area businesses and organizations, AuSM is pleased to offer monthly opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Below is a listing of community events and other happenings. Some events require advance registration. We look forward to seeing you out and about in our great community!

Holiday Season Events

ChristmasTreewebSeveral local organizations will offer sensory Santa and other holiday-related experiences during this season. Click on the below links to learn more about these opportunities; some require reservations.

Southdale Center
Dec. 2 from 9-11 a.m.

Windmill Project (Alexandria, Minn.)
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Dec. 2 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Northtown Mall
Dec. 2 and 9 from 8-10 a.m.

Maplewood Mall
Dec. 2 and 9 from 9-11 a.m.

Anime Twin Cities
Cosplay and Cocoa with Santa
Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cheap Skate Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays

CheapSkatelogoSensory-Friendly Every First Tuesday of the Month
Dec. 4, 2018
6-9 p.m.

Cheap Skate
3075 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Cheap Skate is hosting “Sensory Skate and Bounce Nights” every first Tuesday of the month. Floor lights will remain on, there will not be special effect lighting, and the music will be at a lower volume. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcomed along with caregivers who wish to walk the skating floor to assist. Click here for more information.

During November, Cheap Skate will offer puzzle piece sales in support of AuSM's programs and services. The following will be given to participants who purchase a puzzle piece:

$1.00 donation – Name on puzzle piece displayed in rink entry/exitway
$5.00 donation – Name on puzzle piece displayed in rink entry/exitway + Free Skating or Bouncing admission ticket. (up to a $6.99 value)
$20.00 donation – Family Name on puzzle piece displayed in rink entry/exitway + 4 Free Skating AND Bouncing admission tickets with rental. (up to a $51.99 value)

Mary Poppins Jr. at Stages Theatre Company

StagesMaryPoppins2019Dec. 8, 2018
10 a.m.

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343

Join us this holiday season for a practically perfect experience for the entire family! “It’s a jolly holiday with Mary” in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. Step in Time with everyone’s favorite nanny and share the magical transformation of the Banks family with your family this holiday. Click here for more information and to order tickets.

Como Zoo Autism Sensory Friendly Early Entry

giraffe2webDec. 9
9-10 a.m.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55103

Join us for an inclusive experience at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Spend time exploring exhibits, stations, and activities designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Click here for maps including quiet spaces, visual social stories, and other materials to help prepare for your Autism Friendly Early Entry at Como Zoo. Cost: FREE.