5 Sensory Sensitivity Days in Rhode Island

Head to a museum, movie theater or one of the many other locations throughout Rhode Island that offer a fun play space for everyone to enjoy.

If you are seeking a less crowded and low sensory environment – while still finding the time to have boat loads of fun this summer – head to a museum, movie theater or one of the many other locations throughout Rhode Island that offer a fun play space for everyone to enjoy.


Museum of Work and Culture

The Museum of Work and Culture’s summer sensabilities programs will feature four ‘made-to-order Mondays’. Sensory elements such as lighting and sound are adjusted and trained staff and volunteers are on hand to provide supplementary tools and offer tours to visitors who have children with special needs. In addition, the program will provide families free access to therapist-led art and music activities designed to help children and teens with sensory sensitivities. The first ‘made-to-order Monday’ will be in conjunction with Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery on July 9 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., where participants will have the opportunity to engage with the bakers while filling and frosting their own eclairs. Registration is required and up to ten participants can attend. Admission is free.


Showcase Cinema Sensory Sensitive Screening

On the first Saturday of each month, Blackstone Valley and Warwick Showcase Cinemas will be hosting sensory sensitive screenings at 10 a.m. The theaters will project reduced volume films, dim will lights be on throughout the movie and trailers and films will only be presented in 2-D. Items including blankets for comfort are allowed during the movie screening. Plus, attendees can get up, move around, dance, sing and engage with the film however they want. The first screening will be of the Incredibles 2 on July 7.


Sensory Hours at Sky Zone Providence

Sky Zone in Providence hosts sensory hours on the second Sunday of every month from 8–10 a.m., where children with special needs can enjoy the freedom of jumping round in a quiet environment. For the first hour no music will be played allowing for a quieter and toned-down (but still fun!) expereence. Call ahead to reserve a spot.


Sensory Storytime Support Group

Sensory storytime is an interactive and educational take on storytime that is geared towards children with autism and/or sensory challenges. The storytime session includes books, a picture schedule, songs, movement, a felt board and therapeutic play. Join sensory storytime at  Greenville Public Library and Pawtucket Public Library on select days each month.


Chuck E. Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays

Chuck E. Cheese hosts sensory sensitive sundays in partnership with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) on the first Sunday of every month. The Chuck E. Cheese in Warwick opens two hours early for the program and offers a less crowded, more quiet environment with dimmed lighting, little to no music, access to all games and rides and limited appearances from the mouse himself. All ages and family members are welcome and admission is free.



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