Sensory-Friendly Hours & Accommodations

Many businesses and public spaces already provide special accommodations for children with sensory sensitivities and disabilities. However, we know how difficult it can be to locate information for these businesses. So to help, we have compiled a listing below, to help identify businesses near you that are already supporting sensory inclusion.

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What is a Sensory-Friendly Hour?

Many businesses will advertise a sensory-friendly hour. A sensory-friendly hour is a way that a business can be more inclusive, by making minor modifications to allow a section of the population to participate, that would not otherwise be able to. Each business may make different modifications for their inclusion effort. Generally speaking, most sensory-friendly hours often include reduced noise, reduced lighting and possibly even reduced capacity.

Our Directory

Our directory indicates which businesses have sensory-friendly hours, adaptive programing available and what accommodations are available at a business outside of a sensory-friendly hour.

  • Social Stories are available to review prior to your visit.
  • Headsets are available to borrow while at the location.
  • Fidgets are available to borrow while at the location.
  • Calm Space is available at this location.
  • Sensory App is available for this location.
  • Sensory Map is available to understand the location from a sensory perspective.

You should always reach out directly to the business for specific details of what accomodations are available, as information is always changing. We have included a link to the business for easier review. Note that the information in our directory may not reflect changes made due to COVID-19.

Search below by city, zip code, or keyword to find sensory-friendly activities in your area.

New England

PlacePlace TypeCityStateSensory Hours AvailableAdaptive ProgrammingSensory AccommodationsSensory DescriptionLearn MoreZip
AMC Danbury 16Movie TheaterDanburyCT

Sensory Friendly Films: second and fourth Saturdays (family friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature) every month, brightened lights and lowered sound, dancing/walking/shouting/singing encouragedSensory Friendly Films06810
Connecticut Science CenterMuseumHartfordCTSocial Stories

This museum offers hands on learning for children. They offer Sensory friendly days multiple times a year. Sensory days have dimmed lighting, and lowering volume.Learn More06103
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantManchesterCT

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays06040
Kidcity Children's MuseumMuseumMiddletownCTCalm Space Available / Quiet Room

Kidcity is a museum created for children aged 1-7 years old. This museum was created to help your child to be hands on and encourages imagination. Please call ahead ahead to see if we are open.Learn More06457
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantNewingtonCT

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays06111
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantOrangeCT

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays06477
AMC Plainville 20Movie TheaterPlainvilleCT

Sensory Friendly Films: second and fourth Saturdays (family friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature) every month, brightened lights and lowered sound, dancing/walking/shouting/singing encouragedSensory Friendly Films06062
Romp n' Roll WethersfieldPlay PlaceWethersfieldCT

Come and enjoy sensory exploration through age- appropriate activities including: Play, construction, music, art and more! All children under the age of five are welcome. Many classes are offered so please visit their website to find the best fit for your family. Registration is required.Learn More06109
Discovery MuseumMuseumActonMASocial Stories Sensory Map

Come explore the accessible Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods. Sensory-Friendly Afternoons are all about inclusion. During these events the museum is open to the general public, but group visits and birthday parties are not scheduled, to avoid crowding and support access to exhibits.Sensory-Friendly Afternoons01720
Autism EatsRestaurantAndoverMA

Autism Eats dinner parties are held in private rooms of restaurants or function facilities. Food is served buffet or family style so there is no waiting. Music and lighting are adjusted to accommodate those with sensory sensitivity. These are family dinners and all attending have a loved one on the spectrum so there is no need to apologize, explain or feel uncomfortable. It is an opportunity to enjoy a night out and socialize with others who have many of the same joys and challenges in common.Learn More01810
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantAttleboroMA

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays02703
Boston Children's MuseumMuseumBostonMAHeadsets Available Social Stories Fidgets Available Calm Space Available / Quiet Room

Morningstar Access at Boston Children's Museum offers children with special needs/medical needs the opportunity to visit the Museum at a time when there are only a few other visitors. At these times, we have a limit of 100 guests, and children and their families can explore the Museum with less concern about infections and large crowds.Morningstar Access02210
Franklin Park ZooZooBostonMAHeadsets Available Social Stories Fidgets Available Calm Space Available / Quiet Room Sensory App

Franklin Park Zoo staff have been trained by leading medical professionals on how to best accommodate guests with sensory needs. You can download their free KultureCity App (free) to view features in the zoo including locations for quiet zones and headphone areas. Normally this zoo offers sensory bags however, to ensure the safety of staff and guests, bags are temporarily unavailable. Reservations must be made in advance by visiting their website or by calling 617-989-2076. You must enter at your assigned time and wear a mask. If you have any questions you can visit the zoo's website and see their reopening FAQs or call 617-989-2076.Learn More02121
AMC Burlington Cinema 10Movie TheaterBurlingtonMA

Sensory Friendly Films: second and fourth Saturdays (family friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature) every month, brightened lights and lowered sound, dancing/walking/shouting/singing encouragedSensory Friendly Films01803
Sky Zone Trampoline ParkPlay PlaceDanversMA

Sensory Hours: Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.Sensory Hours01923
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantEverettMA

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays02149
AMC DINE-IN Framingham 16Movie TheaterFraminghamMA

Sensory Friendly Films: second and fourth Saturdays (family friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature) every month, brightened lights and lowered sound, dancing/walking/shouting/singing encouragedSensory Friendly Films01701
Sky Zone Trampoline ParkPlay PlaceKingstonMA

Sensory Hours: Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.Sensory Hours02364
O'neil CinemasMovie TheaterLittletonMA

Sensory Friendly Films: See a movie on the big screen with NO loud noises and higher house lights for better visibility. Fun, friendly environment. All shows are at 10:00 AM.Sensory Friendly Films01460
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantLowellMA

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays01852
AMC Methuen 20Movie TheaterMethuenMA

Sensory Friendly Films: second and fourth Saturdays (family friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature) every month, brightened lights and lowered sound, dancing/walking/shouting/singing encouragedSensory Friendly Films01844
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantMethuenMA

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays01844
AMC Dartmouth Mall 11Movie TheaterNorth DartmouthMA

Sensory Friendly Films: second and fourth Saturdays (family friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature) every month, brightened lights and lowered sound, dancing/walking/shouting/singing encouragedSensory Friendly Films02747
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantNorth DartmouthMA

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays02747
The Amazing world of Dr. SeussMuseumSpringfieldMAHeadsets Available Calm Space Available / Quiet Room

For Sensory Friendly Saturdays, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Springfield Science Museum open an hour early (9 am) exclusively for families with sensory sensitive children. Many of the exhibits in both museums are modified to provide an opportunity for people with a range of differing abilities to experience what the museums have to offer. The modifications are enabled until 11 am.Sensory Friendly Saturdays01103
The Springfield MuseumsMuseumSpringfieldMAHeadsets Available Calm Space Available / Quiet Room

For Sensory Friendly Saturdays, the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Springfield Science Museum open an hour early (9 am) exclusively for families with sensory sensitive children. Many of the exhibits in both museums are modified to provide an opportunity for people with a range of differing abilities to experience what the museums have to offer. The modifications are enabled until 11 am. Hours 9-11amSensory Friendly Saturdays01103
Stone ZooZooStonehamMAHeadsets Available Social Stories Fidgets Available Sensory App

Stone Zoo staff have been trained by leading medical professionals on how to best accommodate guests with sensory needs. You can download their free KultureCity App (free) to view features in the zoo including locations for quiet zones and headphone areas. Normally this zoo offers sensory bags however, to ensure the safety of staff and guests, bags are temporarily unavailable. Reservations must be made in advance by visiting their website or by calling 617-989-2076.Learn More02180
Topsfield FairParkTopsfieldMA

Sensory Day is Monday October 4th, 2021 from 11:00am - 5:00pm. An opportunity for a more sensory sensitive experience to the Topsfield Fair for families who have family members with autism or sensory processing disorders. Will include reduced lights and sounds.Sensory Day01983
AMC Tyngsboro 12Movie TheaterTyngsboroMA

Sensory Friendly Films: second and fourth Saturdays (family friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature) every month, brightened lights and lowered sound, dancing/walking/shouting/singing encouragedSensory Friendly Films01879
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantWorcesterMA

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays01604
O'neil CinemasMovie TheaterEppingNH

Sensory Friendly Films: See a movie on the big screen with NO loud noises and higher house lights for better visibility. Fun, friendly environment. All shows are at 10:00 AM.Sensory Friendly Films03042
StorylandTheme ParkGlenNHCalm Space Available / Quiet Room

Sensory Friendly Information: information about communication boards, sensory accommodations at the park including sensory sensitive weekend dates, calm areas, quiet dining areas, and hand dryer informationSensory Friendly Information03838
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantManchesterNH

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays03103
Chunky's Cinema PubMovie TheaterManchesterNH

Sensory Friendly Movies: These events are monthly screenings of newly released movies for children with autism or other special needs. Chunky's will keep the theater lights up, the sound of the film turned down, and no 3D. Audience members are allowed to walk around, dance, shout or sing!Sensory Friendly Movies03103
Chunky's Cinema PubMovie TheaterNashuaNH

Sensory Friendly Movies: These events are monthly screenings of newly released movies for children with autism or other special needs. Chunky's will keep the theater lights up, the sound of the film turned down, and no 3D. Audience members are allowed to walk around, dance, shout or sing!Sensory Friendly Movies03063
Chunky's Cinema PubMovie TheaterPelhamNH

Sensory Friendly Movies: These events are monthly screenings of newly released movies for children with autism or other special needs. Chunky's will keep the theater lights up, the sound of the film turned down, and no 3D. Audience members are allowed to walk around, dance, shout or sing!Sensory Friendly Movies03076
Sky Zone Trampoline ParkPlay PlaceEast ProvidenceRI

Sensory Hours: Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.Sensory Hours02916
Carousel VillageTheme ParkProvidenceRIHeadsets Available Fidgets Available

You must enter at your assigned time and wear a mask.Learn More02907
Roger Williams Park ZooZooProvidenceRIHeadsets Available Social Stories Fidgets Available Calm Space Available / Quiet Room

The Roger Williams Park Zoo is open daily from 9am-4pm. This zoo offers sensory bags to help make everyone's experience a positive one. If you need a sensory bag request one upon entry. You can buy your tickets online and they will send you an email with your entry time and a bar code they will scan upon entry. They require face coverings for everyone older than two years old however if you have a medical condition that prohibits you from wearing one they will make an exception. For a comlete list of what to expect, please visit https://www.rwpzoo.org/reopen.Learn More02907
Chuck E. CheeseRestaurantWarwickRI

Sensory Sensitive Sundays: first Sunday of each month, dimmed lightning and music, limited appearances by Chuck E., no admission fees.Sensory Sensitive Sundays02866
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake ChamplainMuseumBurlingtonVTHeadsets Available Social Stories Sensory Map

ECHO understands that many of our exhibits and public spaces can be overwhelming to those with sensory processing differences, especially when crowded. visitors are welcome to call the front desk ahead of time and ask about upcoming less crowded times that week.Sensory Accomodations05401
The Nature Museum VTMuseumGraftonVT

Visitors can crawl through an underground bear den; dig for fossils; find out about bats, bees, and catamounts; and learn about animal adaptations by dressing up as their favorite creature. Outdoors, wander in our wildlife garden and catch a glimpse of passing butterflies and our resident honeybees out collecting nectar. Take a hike through the maple, oak, beech, and birch forest in the Village Park behind the Museum. The three Village Park trails offer easy to moderate hiking. There are picnic tables in the Museum's backyard as well as several picnic areas and gazebos along the Village Park trails.Learn More05146

Sensory Accommodations Legend:

Sensory Stories Available Social stories

Headsets Available Headsets available

Fidgets available

Sensory Map Available Sensory map

Calm space available

Sensory App AvailableSensory app

Sensory Scout Project – Coming Soon

Check back this fall – We are really excited to be launching our Sensory Scout project and expanding sensory inclusion by:

  1. Making it easier to locate sensory supportive businesses through our site.
  2. Adding more businesses to our directory.
  3. Including more details, by individual sense, so you can be better prepared for a succesful family outing.