8 Sensory-Friendly Programs and Places in Atlanta
If you have a child on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders, check out these great places for him to play. Many attractions are requiring guests to reserve a timed entry due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings on the second and fourth Saturday for family-friendly experiences. Check local theater listings for specific showtimes.
- AMC Parkway Pointe 15: 3101 Cobb Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-937-0730.
- AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18: 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville. 678-847-9262.
The Center for Puppetry Arts offers sensory-friendly experiences for guests with autism spectrum disorder. Guests will be welcomed by staff members specially trained to interact with patrons, and during the show, sounds are low, children can talk and leave their seats, and they have a quiet zone in the lobby they can go to. Fidget toys, social stories, sound-reducing headphones and sunglasses are also available.
These sensory modified experiences on Sunday mornings include limited admission, along with sound and lighting adjustments. A social story will also prepare families for the experience. In April, sessions will be held each Sunday.
Starting on April 11, this play place will hold Sensory Sensitive Sundays for children with autism and special sensory needs. These special days will include a quieter environment, dimmed lighting, music turned down, no admission fees and more. Select locations will offer this program through April, and starting in May, participating locations will open two hours early on the first Sunday of the month.
Georgia Aquarium has become the first aquarium to be designated a Certified Autism Center. The Aquarium Guest Experience, Training, and Education teams have been trained to work with guests on the spectrum. Families can also expect expedited entrances, sensory bags with headsets, sunglasses, fidget devices and communication cards, and designated quiet zones.
On the last Tuesday of every month, the museum’s Sensory Friendly Afternoons include modified sound effects and volume adjustments. A Quiet Room will also be available. These events are held from 2-5 p.m.
Quiet Mornings at Tellus are exclusive events for individuals with different sensory processing skills. these mornings include less crowded environments, reduced wait times, less extreme light and sounds, designated Quiet Spaces, additional signage, name tags for children and a free planetarium experience. You can also download social story guides.
Zoo Atlanta is a certified sensory inclusive destination. They offer sensory bags with badges, fidget tools, headphones and more, weighted lap pads, quiet areas and headphone zones. You can also download a social story to help you through the attraction.