10 Sensory-Friendly Places to Play in Atlanta
Places for families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders to enjoy performances or play.
On the third Wednesday of each month, the children’s play center opens 6:30-8:30 p.m. for special needs families, with music turned down and louder toys quieted.
Select puppet shows and activities are sensory friendly, with consistent sound levels, lower sound volume and dim but not dark lighting; kids can talk and move about during the show. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter and quieter, with less messy puppet-making materials. The museum lighting will be adjusted and educational activities added. Check website for schedule of sensory-friendly performances.
The first Saturday of each month, the museum opens at 9 a.m. The museum will be modified to include limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments. Call 404-527-3693 to make a reservation.
Jumpstreet hosts a semi-private event on the first Saturday of every month for children with special needs. From 9-10 a.m., the event is private, and from 10-11 a.m., the jump park opens to the public.
The Sky Zone Roswell and Newnan locations hold sensory-friendly events on select Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. The noise is dialed down, lighting is softened and the capacity is limited. The McDonough location also hosts Sensory Hours on select dates from 6-8 p.m.
The museum hosts Sensory Friendly Afternoons from 2-5 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month with modified sound effects and volume adjustments inside the museum. A Quiet Room will also be available.
Tellus hosts exclusive Quiet Mornings for individuals with different sensory processing skills. Lighting is normalized, and various monitors are not turned on. Limited to 200 participants, enjoy a less crowded environment, reduced wait times, less extreme light and sound reduction, designated quiet spaces and more.
At the Movies:
Movies are shown with the lights up and sound down. Guests are free to talk, move around, dance or sing while the movie is playing.
Movies are played the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Check local theater listings for specific showtimes on these days.
AMC Parkway Pointe 15: 3101 Cobb Pkwy. Ste. 201, Atlanta. 770-937-0730.
AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18: 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Ste. 415, Lawrenceville. 678-847-9262.
Monthly screenings are held at 11 a.m. and are free for children with special needs and their siblings, with the purchase of an adult ticket at before-noon price. Check local listings for specific dates.
Studio Movie Grill Duluth: 3850 Venture Dr., Duluth. 770-299-7100.
Studio Movie Grill Alpharetta: 3880 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta. 770-992-8411.