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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.
FREE Open Play Community DayWHEN: Dec. 17-Aug. 12, Saturdays, 10am-12pmWHERE: 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. atlasforautism.org.
AMC Sensory Friendly Screenings WHEN: 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 SideAGES: Varies by filmWHAT: 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. amctheatres.com.
LC Kids presents ‘Campfire’ for Audiences on the Autism SpectrumWHEN: Saturday-Sunday, April 15-30, 11am and 2pmWHERE: Lincoln Center, Clark Studio Theater, 165 W. 65th St., 7th Fl. Upper West SideAGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, AdultWHAT: 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. family.lincolncenter.org.
Special Day for Special Kids WHEN: Sunday, March 26, 10am-12pmWHERE: New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Boerum HillAGES: 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. nytransitmuseum.org.
Teen Compass: Autism and the ArtsWHEN: Select Tuesdays, April 4-June 13, 4-5:15pmWHERE: 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. nassaumuseum.org.
Creative Expeditions WHEN: Select Tuesdays, April 25-June 13, 4-5:15pmWHERE: 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. nassaumuseum.org.
Sky Zone Cares WHEN: First Monday of every month, 3-8pmWHERE: 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. skyzone.com/deerpark.
Special Olympic BowlWHEN: Every Monday throughout the year at 4:30pmWHERE: 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. theallstar.com.
FREE Saturday Specials WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 1:30pmWHERE: 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. chappaqualibrary.org.
FREE Opening Day Parade and Baseball Season WHEN: April 22-May 28, 11am for paradeWHERE: 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 mlwny.org. For more information, contact Rick Monzon at email@example.com or 914-522-1547. WANT TO GO? 914-522-1547. mlwny.org.
Sensory Sensitive SundaysWHEN: Two hours before opening on the first Sunday of every month, starting April 2WHERE: Participating Chuck E. Cheese's throughout the New York metro region and New JerseyAGES: AllWHAT: 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.WANT TO GO? chuckecheese.com/deals-offers/sensory-sensitive-sundays
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