Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Places for families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders to enjoy performances or play.

Catch Air Snellville

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.

Center for Puppetry Arts

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 Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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.

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium has become the first aquarium to be designated a Certified Autism Center by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. Expedited entrances, sensory bags and designated quiet zones are available to any visitors on the autism spectrum or with other sensory disorders.

Jumpstreet

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.

Sky Zone Cares

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 Southern Museum

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 Science Museum

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.

AMC Theatres

Movies are played the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Check local theater listings for specific showtimes on these days.
Atlanta locations:
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.

Studio Movie Grill

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.
Atlanta locations:
Studio Movie Grill Duluth: 3850 Venture Dr., Duluth. 770-299-7100.
Studio Movie Grill Alpharetta: 3880 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta. 770-992-8411.

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