Sensory-friendly Events & Venues in the Capital Region

Family events and Activities for Sensory Sensitive Kids in Schenectady County & beyond!

By Gladys Dunbar February 4, 2016
I am happy to see that an increasing number of venues in Schenectady County and the Capital Region are offering Sensory-friendly Events and Activities.

What does sensory-friendly mean? It means that modifications and accommodations are made to provide sensory-friendly atmosphere, creating an experience that is welcoming to families with children in the autism spectrum or children with special needs. From movie theaters to museums,  we have rounded up sensory-friendly events and venues so you can go out and enjoy with your mackid. 

If you know of any sensory-friendly venue or event that I missed, please email me at Thanks! 


Sense-able Science at the Museum of Science & Technology (miSci)
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308| 518-382-7890
Sense-Able Science, a sensory friendly science center experience for those with autism and other sensory needs, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every last Sunday of each month. Next Sense-able Science is on February 28, 2016

Regal Cinemas Colonie

131 Colonie Center Albany
Regal Cinemas in Colonie presents My Way Matinee. A sensory-friendly real movie experience for sensory sensitive individuals. Lights are turned-up and sounds are turned down. Movie-goers are free to sing, dance, shout or cry. On Select Saturday mornings at 10:30am, the following films will be shown. 
Tickets are $6.50 – price includes tax.

February 6| Norm of the North
March 5| Kung Fu Panda 3 

Special Needs Sensory Friendly Night at Sky Zone Albany
50 Simmons Ln, Albany NY 12204| 518-4173838
Sky Zone will turn down the music and dial down the distractions for the comfort of jumpers with sensory needs. Starting in April Sky Zone Albany will be hosting Sensory Friendly Jumps every 2nd Sunday of the month, from  9am-11am. It will be in our calendar, so stay tuned! 

Bowtie Cinemas Movieland 6 
400 State St. Schenectady NY| 5183725494
Schenectady ARC offers FREE sensory-friendly movies at Bowtie Cinemas Movieland 6 throughout the year for families with special sensory needs. I will update as soon as Schenectady ARC has an movie event coming up. 

Sensory Story Time at Pine Hills Albany (Open to families from other communities)

Pine Hills Branch, 517 Western Avenue, Albany 12203

On the 1st Saturday of every month, little ones (ages 0-8) with sensory integration challenges enjoy books, songs, movement, and play time at their own comfort level. Children can participate as much, or as little, as they like -- and sitting still is not required. Siblings are encouraged to attend. Next Sensory Story Time is on February 6, 2016

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