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Sensory Friendly Activities in the Delaware Area

May 21st, 2018

Updated 5/21/18

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 risk 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

Show Dogs — 5/19/18
Future shows will be updated as available… 

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. The Sensory Friendly Film program offer family-friendly films on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month.

Show Dogs — 5/26/18
Solo: A Star Wars Story — 6/9/18
The Incredibles 2 — 6/23/18
Ant-Man and The Wasp — 7/14/18
Hotel Transylvania 3 — 7/28/18

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. Sensory jumpers can jump for $11/hr, and $15 for 2 hours. One adult/companion may jump for free, just $1 for socks.

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

Happy little blond kid boy and his mother feeding big lama on an animal farm. Warm summer day. Active family leisure with children outdoors.

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.

Theater & Live Shows

The Grand Opera House of Wilmington, Delaware

The Grand now offers “Sensory-Friendly Family Programming” inviting children of all ages with autism or other sensory, social, or learning disabilities to enjoy the experience of live entertainment together with their families in a safe and comfortable environment. visit Sensory Friendly Family Programming for more information!

818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE  19801, 800-37-GRAND

Delaware Theatre Company

Delaware Theatre Company offers “Relaxed Performances”. These specially adjusted sensory-friendly shows are designed to create a theatre experience that is welcoming, judgment-free, and inclusive of children and families with a wide range of sensory, learning, and communication differences. Visit DTC Relaxed Performances to learn more!

200 Water Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801, 302-594-1100

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 Event Calendar for more!

NCC Bowling Night

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

Reservations necessary. Learn more at Autism Delaware Bowling Night!

Dover Skating Party

Thursday, 5/31/18 — 6-8pm
Dover Skating Center — 2201 S Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901

Sensory-friendly roller skating especially for Autism Delaware families. Subdued music and regular lighting. Parents with tennis shoes allowed to accompany skaters onto the floor. Free admission, you rent ($3), purchase or provide skates. Learn more at Dover Skating Party.

NCC Sensory Friendly Rollerskating

Saturday, 6/16/18 — 6:30-8:30pm

Christiana Skating Center, 771-774 Christiana Rd, Newark, DE 19713

Join Autism Delaware for our Family Skate Night! Admission is FREE! Skate rental-$3 or bring your own! The snack bar will be open.
Music and lighting are sensory friendly and parents wearing sneakers can assist children on the skate floor. Learn more at NCC Sensory Friendly Skating.

Sensory Friendly Turtle Dance Man

Turtle Dance Music is a children’s music company dedicated to furthering child development through arts-integration, music, and educational entertainment. These 45-60 minute long sensory-friendly performances are geared for Pre-K, grades K-5 and students on the Autism Spectrum.

6/15/18-11am-12pm; Route 9 Library, New Castle, DE 
6/16/18-10:30-11:30am; Greenwood Public Library, Greenwood, DE
6/16/18-2-3:00pm; Kent County Public Library, Dover, DE