Sensory Friendly Summer Activities for Families

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This summer, enjoy local organizations that offer sensory friendly hours and events for families.

  • History Colorado Center
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Children’s Museum of Denver
  • Swallow Hill Music
  • Lone Tree Arts Center
  • AMC Theaters

History Colorado Center – Low Sensory Mornings
“The History Colorado Center is happy to open its doors for families that prefer a lower sensory environment. For this, we close the museum to the general public, attendance numbers limited, and sounds throughout the exhibit turned down. RSVP is required; please email Shannon Voirol to reserve a spot.”
Email Shannon Voirol to reserve a spot
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Denver Museum of Nature & Science – Autism and sensory processing resources
“Autism and sensory processing resources are available for checkout at the Information Desk for no charge. These include noise-reducing headphones, wiggle seats, and a S.P.A.R.K. (Sensory Processing and Autism Resource Kit) Explorer Backpack with various items that can be used to sensory-soothe or sensory-provoke. An ID is required as a deposit.”
2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

Children’s Museum of Denver – Low-sensory Morning
“We know the Museum can be a bit overwhelming for children with disabilities. By limiting attendance and turning down some of the ambient Museum noise, we offer an enjoyable morning for children with disabilities to play with their families. Admission is free for families of children with disabilities. Space is limited – RSVP required. Please email Sarah McManus to reserve your spot, or call 303-561-0108.”
Email Sarah McManus to reserve your spot
2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, CO 80211

Swallow Hill Music – Sensory Friendly Concerts
“Sensory friendly concerts at Swallow Hill aim to create a welcoming space for concertgoers and their families to enjoy live music in safe and comfortable surroundings. Sensory friendly concerts are specifically designed for individuals with sensory sensitivities and developmental disabilities, including those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We turn the lights up and the sound down so individuals and their families can walk around, dance, and sing along in a fun, judgement free environment. Sensory Friendly events are designed to be an inclusive and welcoming experience for individuals impacted by intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family and friends. These events, while geared toward some of the unique needs of individuals with I/DD, will make our cultural events and experiences more welcoming for all. We welcome individuals of all ages and abilities at this performance.”
71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, CO 80210

Lone Tree Arts Center – Sensory-Friendly Performances
“Sensory Friendly Family Tree is a series designed to present performances in a relaxed, sensory-friendly way for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, autism, sensory processing disorder, or other conditions. Performers will modify shows to ensure there are no startling noises or visually over-stimulating components. Our team keeps sound levels lower than normal and keeps the lights in the audience higher than normal, ensuring audience members can see each other. Audience members are free to come and go if need be (there is always a “safe room” available) and are asked to wave hands rather than clapping. Tickets range from $5 to $10.”
10075 Commons St, Lone Tree, CO 80124

AMC Theaters – Sensory Friendly Film Program
“AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMFSensoryFriendly.”
AMC Arapahoe Crossing 16
6696 S Parker Rd, Auroroa, CO 80016
AMC Flatiron Crossing 14
61 West Flatiron Crossing Dr., Broomfield, CO 80021
AMC Highlands Ranch 24
103 W Cenntennial Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
AMC Westminster Promenade 24
10655 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020”