Sensory Friendly Friendly Events this Fall

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With the changing of the season comes new events for the fall. Check out these sensory-friendly events we found in the area happening in the next couple weeks!

Real Deal Music Festival Presented by Family Behavioral Health Inc. and Fiddler’s Green
Saturday, September 16th
11am – 3:30pm
Hibernian Cultural Center
19 Temple Street
Worcester, MA 01604

Northern New England Autism Speaks Walk
Sunday, September 17th
9am
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (Home of the Fisher Cats)
1 Line Dr., Manchester, NH 03101

AMC Sensory Friendly Ninja Lego Movie
Friday, September 22nd
Braintree, Burlington, Framingham, Methuen, North Dartmouth and Tyngsboro theaters.
Check local listings for times.

Especially For Me at Discovery Museum
Tuesday, October 3rd
1:30pm – 4:30pm
177 Main St. (Route 27)
Acton, MA 01720

Children’s Museum in Easton Family Autism Event
Sunday, October 8th
12:30pm – 2:30pm
9 Sullivan Ave.
North Easton, MA

Boston Autism Speaks Walk
Sunday, October 15th
10am
Boston Common

Sensory-Friendly My Little Pony Movie
Saturday, October 21st
10am
Sturbridge, MA, Hookset, Merrimac and Portsmouth, NH and Saco, South Portland, and Westbrook, ME)

The REC Halloween Party
Sunday, October 22nd
83 Pine St.
Peabody, MA 01960

Skyzone Sensory-Friendly Night
First Wednesday of the month
500 Valley St.
Manchester, NH 03103

Altitude Trampoline Park Sensory Saturdays
9am-10am
700 Boston Rd,
Billerica, MA 01821

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Sensory Friendly Events For You & Your Family

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Summer has finally arrived! It’s has been a long and wet spring and I think we can all say we are more than ready to kick off the summer!  If you are looking for something fun to do with your family, below is a list of sensory friendly events in the area that we have found for you. We will be sure to add to the list when we find more! Happy Summer!

Massachusetts


July 10th – August 14th – ACEing Autism Tennis in Scituate

July 11th – Quest! A Therapeutic Role Playing Game for kids with ASD

July 15th: Discovery Museum’s Especially For Me Autism Friendly Night

July 22nd – Sensory Sensitive Saturday in Boston

July 29th – Star Wars Night at Brockton Rox Game

August 19th – Children’s Discovery Museum & Discovery Woods Especially For Me 

August 25th – Buttonwood Park Zoo Special Needs Event

New Hampshire

First Wednesday of Every Month 4pm-6pm- Sky Zone
1st Sunday of every month – Chuck E. Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays

 

 

 

4th Annual Touch-a-Truck

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This past Sunday was our 4th Annual Touch-a-Truck event at the Peabody Rec Center with over 1000 people in attendance! The day could not have been any better with perfect weather and a great crowd!

Kids of all ages were able to experience what it was like to be inside firetrucks, race cars, ambulances and even tow trucks! There was plenty of food for guests to enjoy and lots of extra activities to do.  Kids were able to build their own bracelets, get their face painted and get their picture taken with McGruff the Crime Dog.

We want to thank all the organizations that came out. The event could not have been a success without them:

  • Peabody Fire Department
  • Peabody Police Department
  • Atlantic Ambulance
  • Cataldo Ambulance
  • Peabody Transportation School Bus
  • Whoopie Wagon
  • Cod Squad
  • Trolley Dogs
  • Todisco Towing
  • JC Landscaping
  • Peabody Public Works
  • Somerville Public Works
  • D. Beatrice Racecar
  • Stephan Hosker Racecar
  • Mill City Towing
  • Roaming Railroad
  • Aspire Early Intervention
  • Allergy & Asthma Awareness Initiative of Peabody
  • Giovanna Forsley Face Painting
  • Mrs. Eleni
  • Fred Moreau Sand Art

    We also would like to give a HUGE thank you to the Recs Program Coordinator, Reagan Cassidy who organized the entire event this year.  THANK YOU REAGAN!

 

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Halloween Social Story

The Peabody REC’s 4th Annual Halloween Party was a huge success with over 200 attendees! Thank you to everyone who helped make the event great including the REC Volunteer Staff, Broosalooney the Balloon Guy and Feathers and Flames Face Painting!

Each year we aim to provide a safe and fun setting for children and teens to practice trick-or-treating. If you are planning on venturing out Halloween evening with your kiddo(s) you can download this social story to help make the night fun and safe for everyone.

Halloween Social Story

Additionally, stay tuned for more holiday parties at both REC locations!

Happy Halloween!

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Our Fall Favorites!

Today marked the first official day of autumn. With the cooler weather setting in, it is a good time to find some activities to keep your family busy during the months to come. Look no further! We have compiled a list of our favorite New England activities which are more accommodating to the Special Needs Community. The activities are divided into the following categories:

SPECIAL EVENTS
RECREATION AND SPORTS
MUSEUMS AND FINE ARTS
MOVIES
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

SPECIAL EVENTS

Autism Friendly Performance of Cinderella*
Location: Boston Opera House in Boston, MA
Sunday, October 4th at 5:30 PM
*Advanced Purchase Required
More Info

Sensory Friendly Halloween Party
Location: Recreational Education Center in Peabody, MA
Sunday, October 25th 11 AM – 2 PM
FREE Event
More Info 

RECREATION AND SPORTS

Recreational Education Center
Locations: Peabody, MA and Londonderry, NH
Open REC: Daily
Every Tuesday-Sunday
More Info

Pollard Library Lego Time
Location: Lowell, MA
Lego Time for Kids with Special Needs: Monthly*
Next event: Saturday, October 3rd at 10 AM
*Advanced Registration Required.
More Info

Altitude Trampoline Park
Location: Billerica, MA
Sensory Friendly Saturdays: Weekly
Next Event: Saturday, October 3rd
More Info

Launch Trampoline Park
Location: Watertown, MA and Nashua, NH
Special Needs Day: Monthly
Next Event: Tuesday, October 6th
More Info Watertown
More Info Nashua

Cowabunga’s Indoor Inflatable Playground
Locations: North Reading, MA and Hooksett, NH
Kids with Special Needs Night: A Few Times a Year*
Next event: Thursday, October 8th 5 PM – 7 PM
*Advanced Registration Required
More Info

Ultimate Sports Program
Locations: Westfield, MA and other parts of Massachusetts
Social Inclusion Through Sports: Ongoing
Now Accepting Registrations
More Info

For more recreation ideas click here to visit the Sped Child Mass website.

MUSEUMS AND FINE ARTS

Boston Conservatory Music
Location: Boston, MA
Music Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Class Registration
More Info

Museum of Fine Arts
Location: Boston, MA
Beyond the Spectrum: Monthly*
Next Event: Saturday, October 3rd 10:30 AM – 12 PM
*Advanced Registration Required
More Info

Children’s Museum of NH
Location: Dover, NH
Exploring Our Way: Monthly
Next Event: Sunday, October 4th
More Info

Boston Children’s Museum
Location: Boston, MA
Morningstar Access: Monthly*
Next Event: Monday, October 12th 8 AM – 10 AM
*Advanced Registration Required
More Info

Discovery Museum
Location: Acton, MA
Especially for Me: Monthly*
Next Event: Saturday, October 17th 5 PM – 8:30 PM
*Advanced Registration Required: FREE
More Info

MOVIES

AMC Theaters
Locations: Braintree, MA; Burlington, MA; Framingham, MA; Methuen, MA; Tyngsboro, MA
Sensory Friendly Films: Monthly
Next event: Saturday, September 26th at 10 AM
More Info

Cinemagic
Locations: Sturbridge, MA; Portsmouth, NH; South Portland, ME
Sensory Friendly Movies: Monthly
Next event: Saturday, September 26th at 10 AM
More Info

Chunky’s Cinema Pub
Locations: Nashua, NH; Pelham, NH; Haverhill, MA
Sensory Friendly Movies: Monthly
Next event: Wednesday, November 18th at 4 PM
More info

O’Neil Cinemas
Location: Epping, NH
Sensory Friendly Flix: Monthly
Next event: Sunday, September 27th at 10 AM
More Info

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Some organizations and groups that have offered sensory friendly events in the past and may continue to do so for 2016 are as follows:

Autism Eats
Location: Northern Massachusetts
Committed to offering restaurant dining experiences to families with loved ones with Autism. Check their webpage to see when the next dinner is being held.
More Info 

Open Door Theater
Location: Acton, MA
Offered a Sensory Friendly performance of Peter Pan in March of 2015
More Info

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Superhero Staff from last year’s Annual Halloween Party!

Recap of April: Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. It is the month in which organizations, families and friends all come together to shine a light on Autism Spectrum Disorder with the Autism Speaks slogan Light It Up Blue. Part of Autism Awareness is educating the world about autism and how it effects 1 in 68 people (US statistics). Team REC organized and participated in a number of events this past month to show our support and love for everyone touched by autism. Combined we had almost 2,000 people involved in lighting it up blue!

Now that April has come to an end and the blue lights are turning off, we all harbor a hope that April’s Autism Awareness will turn into AUTISM ACCEPTANCE for the remaining 11 months of the year.

See below for some picture highlights of the April #LIUB events.

REC Spring Into Autism Awareness EGGstravaganza
March 29, 2015

Team REC of NH

Team REC of NH

EGGstravaganza Craft

EGGstravaganza Craft

Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny

Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny

Salem, MA World Autism Awareness Day Walk
April 2, 2015

Walk Around Salem Commons

Walk Around Salem Commons

Team REC Walkers

Team REC Walkers

REC Touch-a-Truck for Autism Awareness
April 19, 2015

Touch-a-Truck Crowd

Touch-a-Truck Crowd

Peabody PD and McGruff

Peabody PD and McGruff

Peabody's Newest Junior Firefighter

Peabody’s Newest Junior Firefighter

Autism Speaks’ Day at the Fisher Cats
April 26, 2015

Watching the ball game in style

Watching the ball game in style

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, attended and participated in any #LIUB events this month! Keep the lights shining!

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Touch-a-Truck for Autism Awareness

If you found your way to this blog, you most likely don’t need to be reminded that April is Autism Awareness Month. Many families and friends with a loved one on the spectrum experience Autism Awareness every month, but there is still something great to be said about the month of April. April reaches beyond those of us involved on a daily basis and shines a light on the 1 in 68. In April, this light shines so bright in hope that people who need the reminder see it.

One of our last reminders this month is our first ever Touch-a-Truck for Autism Awareness event taking place on Sunday, April 27th from 10am-12pm at 83 Pine Street in Peabody MA 01960.

We are excited to be hosting this family event and are looking forward to a fun morning. Children and their families will be able to view, touch and interact with the different trucks and vehicles. All sirens, horns, loud engines, etc. will be off during the main event in order to be more Sensory Friendly. At 12pm the sounds will go on for those children hoping to hear them.

In addition to the firetruck, police cruiser, police dive truck, ambulance, school bus, line truck and motorcycles some other organizations will be there showing their support and adding to the fun:

Treadwell’s Ice Cream
Jeanne’s Bakeshop
Roaming Railroad train rides

Special thanks to the Peabody Police and Fire Departments, Salem Police Department, Northeast Regional Ambulance, Peabody Public Schools Transportation, Peabody Municipal Light Plant and our amazing REC Staffers!

To view the event on our calendar, please visit our website.