Things to Do with Children with Special Needs in NYC

Things to Do with Children with Special Needs in NYC

Looking for fun things to do with children with special needs in NYC? We've picked the best activities for children with special needs, including sensory-friendly story time, and open play sessions.

Sensory Story Time at CMA
WHEN: Thursdays, Aug. 13 and 20, 4:30-5pm
WHERE: Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Soho
AGES: 3-7
WHAT: An interactive and sensory story-time. Children with disabilities are encouraged to attend.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: Thursdays, 4-6pm, are “pay as you wish” hours. 212-274-0986. cmany.org.

Sensory-Friendly Screenings: ‘Underdogs’ (PG)
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 22, contact theaters for show times
WHERE: AMC Theatres: 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem;
2310 Broadway, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Every month this program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums keep their lights up, the sound turned down, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing.
WANT TO GO? Contact theater for details. 212-665-6923. amctheatres.com/sff.

Open Play Community Day
WHEN: Saturdays, Aug. 1, 15, and 29,10am-12pm,
WHERE: ATLAS Foundation for Autism, 252 W. 29th St., Chelsea
AGES: All
WHAT: ATLAS opens the doors of its 7,300-square-foot facility and welcomes members of the autism community and their families to drop in, play, gather, and connect in a worry-free environment.
WANT TO GO? Free. 212-256-0846. atlasforautism.org.

Sensory Room Family Hours
WHEN: Through Aug. 30, weekends, 2-4:45pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights, Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: The Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with autism spectrum disorders.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $9; $1 children ages 1 and younger. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org.