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Sensory Outings

Have you ever wanted to attend a movie or performance with your family, but worried that is may be too overwhelming for your child? Below are some great local options for activities that are Sensory Sensitive and Sensory Friendly!

1. Low Sensory Evenings at Kid’s Quest Children’s Museum

Kid’s Quest Museum in Bellevue offers a free “Low Sensory Evening” in which they limit the attendance, noise, and light in the environment for children with sensory sensitivities.  Be sure to register early to get a spot!

Next Dates: 3/1/2017, 4/5/2017, 5/2/2017 (5:30pm-7:30pm)

2. Sensory Days at AMC

AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer Sensory Friendly Days at AMC theaters on the second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday of the month. They turn up the lights, turn down the sound, and welcome getting up, moving around, and singing along! Participating theaters in the area include: AMC Kent Station 14, AMC Lakewood Mall 12, and AMC Loews Woodinville 12. Family friendly movies are typically on Saturday mornings, while movies that appeal to older audiences tend to be on Tuesday nights. Check local listings for more information.

3. “Relaxed Performances” at Seattle Children’s Theater

Seattle Children’s Theater is offering Sensory Friendly Performances for audiences with sensory sensitivities. Benefits of the Sensory friendly performance include: increased lighting, lower noise levels, lower seating capacities, trained staff for assistance, options to bring in special seating, fidget toys, and electronic devices with headphones.  Tours may be scheduled prior to the show and a social story is available on the website in order to prepare children for the performance. Check out their website for great preparatory materials for you and your child

Next performances:

Fire Station 7: 5/7/2017 (11:00am)

4. Sensory Friendly Fun Night at Wiggle Works Bellevue

Wiggle Works, an award winning indoor playground for children under 48 inches, offers sensory friendly nights monthly. One these nights various sensory activities are provided, the lights are turned down low, and calming music is played. Parents are encouraged to pre-register their children. Check their website or call in to inquire about upcoming dates.

5. Seattle Sensory Garden

Seattle Sensory Garden, located in the Woodland Park Zoo, is an accessible garden in which guests are encouraged to look, smell, listen, touch, and even taste the environment around them.  The garden includes water features, braille writing, and places to hide and climb.

6. Meadow Crest Playground

Meadow Crest is an inclusive playground in Renton that provides all children the opportunity to swing, spin, and climb. There are even oversized musical instruments for your children to play. The park is open Monday through Thursday after 4:30pm and all day Fridays, Saturdays, school holidays, and during the summer. Check out their website for more information!

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