Autism Awareness Month Events in the New York City Area

Autism Awareness Month Events in the New York City Area


UPDATED April 2017: April is Autism Awareness Month. Help raise awareness and have some fun with Autism Awareness Month events and more in the New York City area. Bring the family and spend the day at the zoo, take part in a craft, watch an educational film, and much more in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, and on Long Island.


Autism Events in Manhattan

FREE Open Play Community Day
WHEN: Dec. 17-Aug. 12, Saturdays, 10am-12pm
WHERE: ATLAS Foundation for Autism, 252 W. 29th St., Chelsea 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Every other week, ATLAS welcomes members of the autism community and their families to drop in, play, gather, and connect in a worry-free environment where acceptance is the norm. 
WANT TO GO? 212-256-0846. 

AMC Sensory Friendly Screenings
Saturdays and Tuesdays from Jan. 28-May 13; See website for show times

WHERE: AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9, 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem; AMC Loews 84th St. 6, 2310 Broadway, Upper West Side
AGES: Varies by film
WHAT: Every month this program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. It has now been extended to two films a month with the addition of a film for older teens/adults too. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing. In association with the Autism Society. In April see The Boss Baby, Gifted, Smurfs: The Lost Village and The Fate of the Furious; in May see The Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
WANT TO GO? See website for prices. 212-665-6923.

LC Kids presents ‘Campfire’ for Audiences on the Autism Spectrum
WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, April 15-30, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Lincoln Center, Clark Studio Theater, 165 W. 65th St., 7th Fl. Upper West Side
AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: A special version of this unique show for audiences on the autistic spectrum and other developmental differences. Gather around to explore the woods, stargaze, and joke with the porcupines. Innovative puppetry and immersive staging is used to take audiences on a sensory trip to the great outdoors.
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 members. 212-957-1709.

Autism Events in Brooklyn

Special Day for Special Kids 
WHEN: Sunday, March 26, 10am-12pm
New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Boerum Hill

AGES: All 
WHAT: The New York Transit Museum will open early to welcome kids with disabilities and their families for Special Day for Special Kids. As part of the Transit Museum’s ongoing effort to offer exhibitions and programs that make its extensive collection accessible to everyone, during the Special Day festivities, kids with disabilities and their family members will enjoy free, exclusive access to the Museum from 10am till public opening at 11am, and special activities will be available for all Museum visitors till 12pm. Light refreshments will be served in the lunchroom, and kids and parents can also take a break and relax in the Museum’s chill-out room, where puzzles and sensory toys will be provided. 
WANT TO GO? FREE from 10-11am. 718-694-1600. 

'In a Pickle' Relaxed Performances
WHEN: April 23, 3:30pm; April 26 and 29, 10:30am
WHERE: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Place, Fort Greene 
AGES: Newborn-5 
WHAT: Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, this innovative theater piece takes children on a voyage of discovery through landscapes of Shakespeare’s imagination and the music of his language. To better support the needs and enjoyment of neural atypical audience members, these dates of In a Pickle will be relaxed performances. Modifications will include elimination of blackouts and sudden theatrical cues; maintaining moderate house lighting through the performance; lowering the overall volume of sound elements; allowing for audience vocalization and movement; and allowing for patron exits and entrances whenever needed. 
WANT TO GO? $15. 718-636-4100. 

Autism Events in Queens

FREE Creative Spectrum Art Social
WHEN: Sunday, April 16, 10am
WHERE: Queens Museum, NYC Building at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Engage in a creative project where families can enjoy making hands-on art projects together! Facilitated by art therapist Jacquie Moore, the goal of this workshop is to provide a creative space for children with disabilities, where they can explore a variety of creative outlets of expression. Registration is required. 
WANT TO GO? 718-592-9700. 

Sensory Sensitive Sundays
WHEN: Feb. 5-May 7, Sundays, 9-11 am
WHERE: Chuck E. Cheese's, 40-24 College Pt. Blvd., Flushing 
AGES: 3-12 
WHAT: Children with autism and other special needs can enjoy food, games, and more with reduced lighting and noise led by a trained and caring staff the first Sunday of every month. Check the website for updates. 
WANT TO GO? varies. 718-321-0400. 

Autism Events on Long Island

Teen Compass: Autism and the Arts
WHEN: Select Tuesdays, April 4-June 13, 4-5:15pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor 
AGES: 13 and older 
WHAT: During this workshop series, teens will receive hands-on training in basic artistic processes that can be translated into practical job skills. Based on current exhibitions in the galleries at Nassau County Museum of Art, these workshops will encourage participants to explore different methods of art making and design and how a museum can be a resource for creative inspiration. Students with autism will have the opportunity to apply their artistic skills and functional academic learning in a real-world setting, while preparing to transition to after school life. 
WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors; $4 children ages 4-12; $2 weekend parking fee. 516-484-9338. 

Creative Expeditions 
WHEN: Select Tuesdays, April 25-June 13, 4-5:15pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Children aged 5-10 who are on the autism spectrum, along with their families or caregivers, engage in gallery experiences that encourage talking about and making art. For further information, call 516-484-9338, ext. 12. 
WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors; $4 children ages 4-12; $2 weekend parking fee. 516-484-9338.

Sky Zone Cares 
WHEN: First Monday of every month, 3-8pm
WHERE: Sky Zone Deer Park, 111 Rodeo Drive, Deer Park 
AGES: All 
WHAT: The first Monday of the month for children and adults with special needs, Sky Zone dials down the music, increases the staff ratio, and limits capacity. 
WANT TO GO? $16 per hour. 631-392-2600. 

Special Olympic Bowl
WHEN: Every Monday throughout the year at 4:30pm
WHERE: The All Star, 96 Main Road, Riverhead 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Bowlers with special needs are invited to bowl on the main lanes and experience the arcade with the latest games. 
WANT TO GO? $10 for two games. 631-998-3565. 

Autism Events in Westchester County

FREE Saturday Specials 
WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 1:30pm
WHERE: Chappaqua Library, 19 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua 
AGES: All 
WHAT: A program for children with special needs and their families, with stories, songs, sensory activities, and socializing. 
WANT TO GO? 914-238-4779. 

FREE Opening Day Parade and Baseball Season 
WHEN: April 22-May 28, 11am for parade
WHERE: The Miracle League of Westchester, The Miracle Field, Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Children and adults with disabilities can play baseball for free on Saturdays and Sundays. Don't miss the opening day parade on April 22nd. Register at For more information, contact Rick Monzon at or 914-522-1547. 
WANT TO GO? 914-522-1547. 

Autism Events Throughout New York and New Jersey

Sensory Sensitive Sundays
WHEN: Two hours before opening on the first Sunday of every month, starting April 2
WHERE: Participating Chuck E. Cheese's throughout the New York metro region and New Jersey
WHAT: Starting on World Autism day, Sunday, April 2, participating Chuck E. Cheese's across the country will open two hours early to accomodate children with autism and other special needs. During this time the lights will be dimmed, the showa nd music will be turned down or off, and there will be limited appearances of costumed characters.


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