'The Polar Bears Go Up!' Sensory Friendly Performance
WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 7-8pm
WHERE: Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville
WHAT: The Polar Bears are moving up in the world. They’ll be climbing trees, jumping on clouds, and reaching for the stars as they race all the way up to space.
WANT TO GO? $15. 516-299-3100. tillescenter.org.
Art Compass: Building Social and Vocational Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Autism
WHEN: Through June 12: Tuesdays, 4pm
WHERE: Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: 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. 516-484-9337. nassaumuseum.org.
FREE Ecology Club for Families with Special Needs
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Rye Nature Center, 873 Boston Post Road, Rye
WHAT: Children with special needs are invited to bring a family member or caregiver with them to the Nature Center to enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other fun science and sensory adventures.
WANT TO GO? 914-967-5150. ryenaturecenter.org.
'Pete the Cat' - Relaxed Performance
WHEN: Monday, April 23, 4pm
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ
WHAT: Groovy, rockin’ Pete the Cat sets out to turn the super square lives of the family he moves in with upside down in this far out, fun adventure based on the popular book series. This relaxed performance will have lights up, modified sound, a quiet room, and the ability to get out of your seat so children with special needs may share in this family experience.
WANT TO GO? $12-$15. 973-539-8008. mayoarts.org.
'Story Pirates: Greatest Hits' Sensory-Friendly Kidz Cabaret Series
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 1pm and 3pm
WHERE: Bergen Performing Arts Center, Drapkin Cabaret & Lounge, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ
WHAT: Story Pirates turn original stories from kids into wild sketch comedy musicals featuring professional actors. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to make patrons more comfortable with aspects like softer sound levels and keeping the room’s lights on at a lower level. Patrons are free to stand, move around and talk during the performance.
WANT TO GO? $19. 201-227-1030. bergenpac.org.
Autism Awareness Day
WHEN: Sunday, April 29, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ
WHAT: Meet local service organziations, enjoy train rides, carousel rides, live demonstrations, and more.
WANT TO GO? free admission. 201-262-3771. co.bergen.nj.us.
Main image: The Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center