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Sensory Friendly Activities in the Delaware Area

May 27th, 2017

A young blonde boy covers his ears and looks excited as ambulances and fire trucks drive by in a parade.

Parents of children with sensory issues often find it difficult to plan family activities. Will the noise be too much? Will he sit still when he needs to? Will sensory overload lead to a meltdown? The anxiety caused by these questions often causes parents to stay home rather than risking the embarrassment that comes with a meltdown no one seems to understand.

These Sensory-friendly activities will allow you to plan family fun days without these worries- or at least lessen them by knowing you will be around others who have the same concerns.

Sensory Friendly Movie Nights

My Way Matinee – Regal Cinemas

Sensory friendly nights at Regal Cinemas: Sound turned down, lights turned up. Feel free to cry, sing, shout, or dance!

Showtimes are at 10:30 am. Admission: $6.50/person

Captain Underpants:The First Epic Movie — 6/10/17

1100 Peoples Plaza, Newark DE 19702. 1-844-462-7342 ext. 173

Visit Regal Cinemas: My Way Matinee for details!

AMC Sensory Friendly Films

AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer movie showings for guests with special needs and their families. Sensory program includes four showings a month.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie — 6/2/17
Wonder Woman — 6/13/17
Cars 3 — 6/16
Transformers: The Last Knight — 6/27/17

Visit AMC Theatres: Sensory Friendly Films or contact your nearest AMC for details.

Sensory Friendly Trampoline Parks

Special Needs Sensory Friendly Night – Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Ongoing – First Monday of every month – 5-7pm – Admission $11.

The first Monday of every month, Sky Zone turns off the music and dials down the distractions for the comfort of children and adults with special needs.

211 Executive Drive, #3 Newark, DE 19702. 302-449-1252.

Visit Sky Zone: Special Needs Sensory Friendly Night for details!

Sensory Friendly Fun and Education

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KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Education Center

Ongoing – Philadelphia Zoo’s children’s zoo and wildlife academy.

The Philadelphia Zoo has partnered with several special needs community partners in order to provide an experience that can be enjoyed by ALL children. The zoo includes quiet spaces, a visual schedule, and multisensory experiences including visual, auditory, tactile, and gross motor activities.

Visit KidZooU to learn more.

Autism Delaware Events

Autism Delaware provides many opportunities for families to enjoy time to be together in a safe, supportive environment. Check out a few upcoming activities below or visit Autism Delaware: Summer Fun for more!

Dover Sensory Friendly Movie

Captain Underpants — 6/3/17 – 10am
Cars 3 — 6/17/17 – 10am

Carmike 14 Theatre, 1365 N Dupont Hwy #3020, Dover, DE 19901

Contact Gail at for details!

Middletown Sensory Friendly Movie

Cars 3 — 6/17/17 – 10am

Westown Movies, 150 Commerce Drive, Middletown, DE 19709

Contact Kris at for details!

Autism Delaware Bowling Night

Ongoing – Every Wednesday – 5:30-7:00pm.
Bowlerama – 3031 New Castle Ave, New Castle, DE 19720

Reservations necessary. Learn more at Autism Delaware Bowling Night!

Family Sensory Friendly Skate Night

Saturday, 6/10/17 — 5:15-7:15pm
Christiana Skating Center, Newark, Delaware

Admission is FREE! Just pay for skate rental ($3) or bring your own. Music and lighting will be sensory friendly and parents will be allowed on the skate floor in sneakers to assist the little ones. Snack bar will be open.

Check out this Rec4All calendar for events that are open to anyone in the disability community, their friends and families. Events include Preschool Story Time at Frankford Library, Infant and Toddler Storytime and Crafts at Lewes Library, Family Fun Night at Seaford Library, and much more!