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Trying new things with sensory sensitive individuals isn’t always an easy task.

Luckily there are many great sensory-friendly opportunities around Metro Detroit. Many attractions have made it a priority to address the needs of neuro-diverse families.

This guide will provide you with all the information you need to make the most of your time in the city. It will inspire you to explore and try new things in a supportive and inclusive environment. Whether you're visiting for the first time or you're a local, these sensory-friendly activities are sure to delight and entertain.

Detroit is a welcoming city and perfect for all types of families.

Tips for Outings with Neuro-Diverse Children:

Going out with neuro-diverse children can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it can also come with some challenges. Any parent of a child with a sensory disorder knows how quickly a fun family outing can deteriorate….

Legoland Discovery Center Michigan is committed to making its attractions accessible to everyone, and that's why they offer Sensory-Friendly Mornings. …

The Henry Ford is dedicated to providing all guests with an inclusive and sensory-friendly experience. They offer a sensory assistance kit with noise-canceling headphones and earplugs, as well as quiet spaces and sensory-friendly maps throughout the venue.

The staff members have received training from the Autism Alliance of Michigan to better understand and serve guests with autism and sensory processing disorder….

Santa Cares" and "Bunny Cares" events at Macomb Mall offer a special opportunity for children of all abilities, including those with special needs, to visit and take pictures with Santa and the Easter Bunny in a sensory-friendly environment….

The Outdoor Adventure Center offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for those with sensory processing differences during their designated sensory-friendly building hours.

The building's sounds and ambient noises are kept at a lower volume for a peaceful atmosphere, and a quiet room equipped with sensory materials is available for use.

Visitors can explore and experience the OAC free of charge during these designated times, and all staff has received KultureCity certification to ensure the best possible experience.

Go Prepared: Upon arrival, familiarize yourself with the location of the available quiet room.

North American International Auto Show Sensory Friendly Day

The North American International Auto Show offers a sensory-friendly option each year, designed in partnership with the Autism Alliance of Michigan….

The Michigan Science Center's Early Learning Space on the lower level has a variety of sensory-friendly interactives, such as plush toys and building materials. It also has soft seating and is an enclosed space with a marked entrance and exit. This space is designed for early childhood learners (ages 0-5) and guests with sensory sensitivities….

The Detroit Zoological Society embraces diversity, including neurodiverse individuals, and is committed to accommodating their needs. Their staff has been trained to recognize guests with sensory needs and handle sensory-overload situations through the Michigan Autism Safety

Sensory Santa at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Santa warmly welcomes children of all ages and abilities! Autism Speaks partners with Cherry Hill Programs during the holiday season to offer sensory-friendly Santa experiences for families.,,,

Sensory Santa at Twelve Oaks Mall

This holiday season, make your family's visit with Santa truly special with a sensory-friendly experience! Twelve Oaks Mall is proud to partner with Cherry Hill Programs to create a calm and comforting environment for children of all ages and abilities.

With reduced lighting and noise, kids can take their time and share their Christmas wish list with Santa. Sensory-friendly Santa events are free, and keepsake photo packages will be available for purchase. Go Prepared: Be sure to RSVP early to secure your spot for this one-of-a-kind Santa experience!

Emagine Entertainment Sensory-Friendly Movies

Emagine Entertainment is dedicated to creating a movie-going experience that is inclusive and accessible to everyone, which is why they offer Sensory-Friendly Movies….

Chuck E. Cheese Sensory Friendly Sundays (Canton and Sterling Heights Locations) Every Sunday, Chuck E. Cheese transforms into a sensory-friendly paradise, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all children. The lights are dimmed, and the noise is reduced, offering a peaceful environment for children to play and enjoy their favorite games. The staff is trained and compassionate, always on hand to assist and ensure each child has a fun and memorable experience….


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