Move & Groove: A Heartwarming Sensory-Friendly Concert | Merit School of Music | Chicago, IL

February 24 @ 10:30 am 11:00 am America/Chicago

Join us at Merit School of Music for a FREE concert:

  • Hear familiar favorites from Merit’s Wind Symphony
  • Children and adults of all ages and abilities welcome! ✨
  • Experience a sensory friendly style concert where the audience is encouraged to move around, make noise, take breaks, clap along, and more đź‘Ź
  • Celebrate neurodiversity at a performance that is made for everybody to enjoy ✨
  • Awesome opportunity for any child’s FIRST concert 🤗
  • Doors open at 10:15 and the show starts at 10:30
  • Show Duration: 30 minutes
38 Sout Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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312-786-9428
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A Year with Frog & Toad – Sensory Friendly Performance | Chicago Children’s Theatre | Chicago, IL

April 28 @ 9:30 am 11:30 am America/Chicago

Children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in the Tony-nominated musical A Year With Frog And Toad, based on his popular children’s book that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and grumpy, but lovable Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

Sensory Friendly Performances of A Year with Frog & Toad will be offered on April 27, 2024 and April 28, 2024 at 9:30am (CST).

Tailored specifically for guests on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities, we offer performances with sensory modifications to production elements such as lighting, sound, and volume.

Audience members should feel comfortable taking breaks from these performances and are welcome to take advantage of a quiet room and designated family restrooms.

The cast and crew will be trained and prepared to create a safe and welcoming environment so that everyone can experience the show in their own unique way.

Learn more about The Red Kite Project, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s accessible arts programming for children on the autism spectrum.

(312) 374-8828

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100 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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(312) 374-8835
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A Year with Frog & Toad – Sensory Friendly Performance | Chicago Children’s Theatre | Chicago, IL

April 27 @ 9:30 am 11:30 am America/Chicago

Children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in the Tony-nominated musical A Year With Frog And Toad, based on his popular children’s book that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and grumpy, but lovable Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

Sensory Friendly Performances of A Year with Frog & Toad will be offered on April 27, 2024 and April 28, 2024 at 9:30am (CST).

Tailored specifically for guests on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities, we offer performances with sensory modifications to production elements such as lighting, sound, and volume.

Audience members should feel comfortable taking breaks from these performances and are welcome to take advantage of a quiet room and designated family restrooms.

The cast and crew will be trained and prepared to create a safe and welcoming environment so that everyone can experience the show in their own unique way.

Learn more about The Red Kite Project, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s accessible arts programming for children on the autism spectrum.

(312) 374-8828

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100 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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(312) 374-8835
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Sensory-Friendly Morning at Museum of Contemporary Art | Chicago, IL

January 28 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am America/Chicago

Sensory-Friendly Morning at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago aims to be a welcoming space to experience contemporary art in a judgment-free environment.

Sensory-Friendly Morning is a free program for all people who benefit from visiting the MCA without large crowds and other sensitive environmental elements.

This includes visitors with sensory sensitivities, disabilities, autism, PTSD, dementia, and more. On these mornings, lighting at the museum is dimmed, sounds from artworks and environmental noise is kept at a minimum, and a quiet space is available to visitors for breaks.

During Sensory-Friendly Mornings, preregistered individuals and their families can visit the museum to explore exhibitions at their own pace, and join a Chicago-based artist for a sensory-friendly art-making experience.

Please Note: The museum is closed to the general public until 11:30 am; at that time, the lights and artworks return to usual operations.

MCA admission is free for those 18 and under.

Attendees must register in advance.

For information on getting to and around the museum as well as details about MCA accessibility initiatives, visit our Accessibility page, or ask any Visitor Experience Associate during your trip; they’re more than happy to help you navigate the museum.

220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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(312) 280-2660
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Everyone at Play | Kohl’s Children’s Museum | Chicago, IL

June 30 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm America/Chicago

Everyone at Play

Kohl Children’s Museum was specifically designed to be inclusive of all children and adults regardless of ability.

The Museum’s 17 exhibits and 2 acres of outdoor explorations are designed for play with a purpose and encourage linguistic, cognitive, motor, and social skills for children ages birth through 8. 

Click here to read a letter from a guest describing the Museum’s accessibility. The Museum works collaboratively with community organizations to invite families with children with special needs to the Museum to explore the exhibits while closed to the general public.

These FREE events, titled Everyone at Play, usually occur on specified afternoons. This provides opportunities for calm, creative, and collaborative play.

Pre-Register for Everyone at Play HERE.

During the event you and your family members will have access to all exhibits. Museum staff and volunteers will be available for play support and guidance.

· A quiet room for stimulation breaks will also be available.

Click here for a printable flyer about Everyone at Play in 2023-24

If you are the parent or caregiver of a child with special needs and would like to receive e-mail notifications and invitations to Everyone at Play events, contact the Kohl’s Everyone at Play program coordinator, Cori Paulsrud.

Free
2100 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026 United States
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(847) 832-6600
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Everyone at Play | Kohl’s Children’s Museum | Chicago, IL

May 19 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm America/Chicago

Everyone at Play

Kohl Children’s Museum was specifically designed to be inclusive of all children and adults regardless of ability.

The Museum’s 17 exhibits and 2 acres of outdoor explorations are designed for play with a purpose and encourage linguistic, cognitive, motor, and social skills for children ages birth through 8. 

Click here to read a letter from a guest describing the Museum’s accessibility. The Museum works collaboratively with community organizations to invite families with children with special needs to the Museum to explore the exhibits while closed to the general public.

These FREE events, titled Everyone at Play, usually occur on specified afternoons. This provides opportunities for calm, creative, and collaborative play.

Pre-Register for Everyone at Play HERE.

During the event you and your family members will have access to all exhibits. Museum staff and volunteers will be available for play support and guidance.

· A quiet room for stimulation breaks will also be available.

Click here for a printable flyer about Everyone at Play in 2023-24

If you are the parent or caregiver of a child with special needs and would like to receive e-mail notifications and invitations to Everyone at Play events, contact the Kohl’s Everyone at Play program coordinator, Cori Paulsrud.

Free
2100 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026 United States
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(847) 832-6600
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Everyone at Play | Kohl’s Children’s Museum | Chicago, IL

January 21 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm America/Chicago

Everyone at Play

Kohl Children’s Museum was specifically designed to be inclusive of all children and adults regardless of ability.

The Museum’s 17 exhibits and 2 acres of outdoor explorations are designed for play with a purpose and encourage linguistic, cognitive, motor, and social skills for children ages birth through 8. 

Click here to read a letter from a guest describing the Museum’s accessibility. The Museum works collaboratively with community organizations to invite families with children with special needs to the Museum to explore the exhibits while closed to the general public.

These FREE events, titled Everyone at Play, usually occur on specified afternoons. This provides opportunities for calm, creative, and collaborative play.

Pre-Register for Everyone at Play HERE.

During the event you and your family members will have access to all exhibits. Museum staff and volunteers will be available for play support and guidance.

· A quiet room for stimulation breaks will also be available.

Click here for a printable flyer about Everyone at Play in 2023-24

If you are the parent or caregiver of a child with special needs and would like to receive e-mail notifications and invitations to Everyone at Play events, contact the Kohl’s Everyone at Play program coordinator, Cori Paulsrud.

Free
2100 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026 United States
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(847) 832-6600
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Adaptive Play Time | Dupage Children’s Museum | Chicago, IL

February 11 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm America/Chicago

Registration Required – Register HERE.

DuPage Children’s Museum is dedicated to being an accessible, inclusive environment for children to thrive through extraordinary learning experiences.

Adaptive Play Time provides a modified environment for play and learning for children and their caregivers.

This program is intended for families with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, and/or sensory processing disorders. 

Masks are optional.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Environment & Modifications

  • Limited attendance (pre-registration is required)
  • View a Social Story to prepare for your visit
  • Sensory Kits (noise reduction headphones, fidget objects, weighted neck wraps, timers, and more!)
  • Noise and light reduction
  • Visual cues in exhibits
  • Respite Room for sensory breaks
  • Dedicated DCM staff and volunteers to provide a supportive environment
  • Exhibits feature hands-on ways to play, explore, and create
$19 Per Person

630-637-8000 x6220

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301 N Washington St
Naperville, IL 60540 United States
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630.637.8000
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Adaptive Play Time | Dupage Children’s Museum | Chicago, IL

January 14 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm America/Chicago

Registration Required – Register HERE.

DuPage Children’s Museum is dedicated to being an accessible, inclusive environment for children to thrive through extraordinary learning experiences.

Adaptive Play Time provides a modified environment for play and learning for children and their caregivers.

This program is intended for families with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, and/or sensory processing disorders. 

Masks are optional.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Environment & Modifications

  • Limited attendance (pre-registration is required)
  • View a Social Story to prepare for your visit
  • Sensory Kits (noise reduction headphones, fidget objects, weighted neck wraps, timers, and more!)
  • Noise and light reduction
  • Visual cues in exhibits
  • Respite Room for sensory breaks
  • Dedicated DCM staff and volunteers to provide a supportive environment
  • Exhibits feature hands-on ways to play, explore, and create
$19 Per Person

630-637-8000 x6220

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301 N Washington St
Naperville, IL 60540 United States
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630.637.8000
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Everyone at Play | Kohl’s Children’s Museum | Chicago, IL

February 25 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm America/Chicago

Everyone at Play

Kohl Children’s Museum was specifically designed to be inclusive of all children and adults regardless of ability.

The Museum’s 17 exhibits and 2 acres of outdoor explorations are designed for play with a purpose and encourage linguistic, cognitive, motor, and social skills for children ages birth through 8. 

Click here to read a letter from a guest describing the Museum’s accessibility. The Museum works collaboratively with community organizations to invite families with children with special needs to the Museum to explore the exhibits while closed to the general public.

These FREE events, titled Everyone at Play, usually occur on specified afternoons. This provides opportunities for calm, creative, and collaborative play.

Pre-Register for Everyone at Play HERE.

During the event you and your family members will have access to all exhibits. Museum staff and volunteers will be available for play support and guidance.

· A quiet room for stimulation breaks will also be available.

Click here for a printable flyer about Everyone at Play in 2023-24

If you are the parent or caregiver of a child with special needs and would like to receive e-mail notifications and invitations to Everyone at Play events, contact the Kohl’s Everyone at Play program coordinator, Cori Paulsrud.

Free
2100 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026 United States
+ Google Map
(847) 832-6600
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