Did you know that Lansing is Extremely Sensory and Special Needs Friendly?

The Lansing area is full of places for fun outings with kids, but if you’re a family of children with special needs, you may not be entirely sure what will work for your child. For kids with special needs, trying to arrange fun and comfortable outings can be a bit more of a challenge.

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Some kids are more sensitive to loud noises, bright lights, and crowds, while others may have mobility impairments or be more likely to run off. If you face any of these challenges when taking out your little ones, fear not…there are sensory-friendly places here in Lansing just right for you!

Locations Offering Sensory and Special Needs Friendly Hours and Events

This is a list of a few places in the Lansing area we know are great for all kids to visit. They offer sensory friendly and special needs hours and event opportunities.

If you know of a place we should add, please comment below.

Abrams Planetarium – Sensory-friendly shows on the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Celebration Cinema – “Enjoy a sensory and disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are!”

DEFY Lansing– Offering sensory-friendly hours every first Wednesday of the month and soon to be offering awareness events.

Impression 5 – They plan sensory friendly hours and events throughout each month.

Lansing Lugnuts – Sensory-friendly days are held through out the Lansing Lugnuts season.

Launch – Weekly sensory hours are available.

The Library – Many libraries across our region offer special needs and sensory-friendly events and hours including storytimes, paws for reading and more. A few recommendations are the East Lansing Library, Delta District Library, and the 13 locations of the CADL.

Potter Park Zoo – Their FALCONERS program is dedicated to creating a space where families with special and other needs can experience the zoo together.

Michigan History Center – Events and hours are offered each month.

MSU Museum – Provides sensory-friendly environment every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. – noon through May 2020.

NCG Cinema – Sensory Friendly showings every third Saturday of the month at 10am.

Preuss Pets – Preuss Pets holds a monthly event called Kids Day in Old Town and holds a Sensory-friendly event in April during Autism Awareness Month.

Wharton Center Center for Performing Arts – The Wharton Center provides a sensory-friendly performance for many roster events.

WKAR – Public Media from Michigan State University – PBS Kids Day is a much-anticipated event each year in Lansing and it’s geared toward all kids in Lansing. There will be a “sensory-friendly quiet room with low lighting and comfy furniture, so all kids are invited!”

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Area Sensory-Friendly and Special Needs Event Offerings

Many area libraries, movie theaters, and museums are considerate of special needs, and more than ever before are designating certain times and events that are more sensory-friendly.

Use the list below for what’s coming up:

Saturday February 22, 2020

Sensory Friendly Hour at CADL South Lansing

Location: CADL- South Lansing Branch – 3500 South Cedar Street Lansing
Join us every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month for a sensory friendly hour of library time. These special hours are designed for an experience that limits the number of guests, includes quiet spaces, and reduces sounds, scents and lighting stimuli.
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am


Sensory Friendly Movie at NCG Cinema- Lansing

Location: NCG Cinema- Lansing – 2500 Showtime Dr. Lansing
A sensory friendly movie is a movie which is shown without previews, the sound is not as loud as a regular movie, and the lights are not as dim. You can also talk, shout, scream and run around the movie theatre during these movies! February 22 at 10am: Sonic the [...]
Time: 10:00 am


Sensory Friendly Movie at NCG Cinema- Owosso

Location: NCG Cinema- Owosso – 314 E. Comstock Owosso
A sensory friendly movie is a movie which is shown without previews, the sound is not as loud as a regular movie, and the lights are not as dim. You can also talk, shout, scream and run around the movie theatre during these movies! February 22 at 10am: Sonic the [...]
Time: 10:00 am


Sensory-friendly movies at Celebration Cinema

Location: Celebration Cinema- Lansing – 200 E. Edgewood Blvd. Lansing
Where "Shhhhh!" isn't allowed! Family Hope Foundation and Celebration! Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are! With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might [...]
Time: 10:30 am


Parsons Dance

Location: Wharton Center for Performing Arts – 750 E. Shaw LN East Lansing
SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE: Saturday, February 22, 2020, 2 PM The exuberant personality and joyous movement of Parsons Dance fuses the movement of modern dance with the discipline and precision of a classic ballet company. Known for engaging and uplifting works of incredible artistry, Parsons Dance was formed by dance legend David [...]
Time: 2:00 pm


Sunday March 1, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Thursday March 5, 2020

PJ Storytime (Sensory Friendly) at Grand Ledge Area District Library

Location: Grand Ledge Area District Library- Main – 131 E. Jefferson St. Grand Ledge
PJ Storytime returns on a new night and time! We'll turn down some lights and keep our voices soft as young children and caregivers visit for quiet stories, gentle songs and rhymes and a snack. PJ's and stuffed toys are welcome! Families welcome at 6 to check out materials, get [...]
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Monday March 9, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Saturday March 14, 2020

Sensory-friendly movies at Celebration Cinema

Location: Celebration Cinema- Lansing – 200 E. Edgewood Blvd. Lansing
Where "Shhhhh!" isn't allowed! Family Hope Foundation and Celebration! Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are! With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might [...]
Time: 10:30 am


Sunday March 15, 2020

Sensory Friendly Feature Show at the Abrams Planetarium

Location: MSU Abrams Planetarium – 755 Science Road East Lansing
The Abrams Planetarium offers sensory friendly shows on the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. These shows will run with the lights up, the sound down, and the theater doors open so people can move about as needed. We also provide a place to "chill [...]
Time: 11:30 am


Sensory Friendly Family Show at the Abrams Planetarium

Location: MSU Abrams Planetarium – 755 Science Road East Lansing
The Abrams Planetarium offers sensory friendly shows on the third Sunday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. These shows will run with the lights up, the sound down, and the theater doors open so people can move about as needed. We also provide a place to "chill [...]
Time: 1:00 pm


Dog Man: The Musical- Sensory-Friendly Performance

Location: Wharton Center for Performing Arts – 750 E. Shaw LN East Lansing
Recommended for ages 6-11 A hilarious new musical based on The New York Times #1 bestselling series from Dav Pilkey featuring the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man and ALL HERO! He’s ready to take on Petey the Cat, the felonious feline who’s always hacking up harebrained schemes. [...]
Time: 1:30 pm


Thursday March 19, 2020

PJ Storytime (Sensory Friendly) at Grand Ledge Area District Library

Location: Grand Ledge Area District Library- Main – 131 E. Jefferson St. Grand Ledge
PJ Storytime returns on a new night and time! We'll turn down some lights and keep our voices soft as young children and caregivers visit for quiet stories, gentle songs and rhymes and a snack. PJ's and stuffed toys are welcome! Families welcome at 6 to check out materials, get [...]
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Friday March 20, 2020

Sensory Friendly Storytime at CADL- Holt-Delhi

Location: CADL- Holt-Delhi – 2078 Aurelius Road Holt
This interactive storytime takes place before we open to the public. It features books, movement, and sensory-friendly activities. All children are welcome, especially those with developmental delays or other different needs. A caretaker must be in attendance. *Registration required; call 517-694-9351 x3 or click here
Time: 9:30 am - 10:00 am


Saturday March 21, 2020

FALCONERS

Location: Potter Park Zoo – 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing
March’s FALCONERS theme is “Sense”-sational Zoo!  This is a new FALCONERS theme and we’ll be learning about the five senses, how animals use their senses to survive in the wild, and how that relates to us!  Fun crafts and activities will let you discover new facts that you may have [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Sensory Friendly Saturdays at the MSU Museum

Location: MSU Museum – 409 W Circle Dr East Lansing
The MSU Museum will provide a sensory friendly museum environment once a month on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – noon starting in September 2019 through May 2020.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Sensory Friendly Movie Series

Location: CADL- Downtown Lansing Branch – 401 South Capitol Avenue Lansing
Enjoy family-friendly movies where we turn the lights up and the sound down. Feel free to stand, dance, walk, shout or sing! We'll have refreshments, too.
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Thursday April 2, 2020

PJ Storytime (Sensory Friendly) at Grand Ledge Area District Library

Location: Grand Ledge Area District Library- Main – 131 E. Jefferson St. Grand Ledge
PJ Storytime returns on a new night and time! We'll turn down some lights and keep our voices soft as young children and caregivers visit for quiet stories, gentle songs and rhymes and a snack. PJ's and stuffed toys are welcome! Families welcome at 6 to check out materials, get [...]
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Saturday April 4, 2020

Sensory-friendly movies at Celebration Cinema

Location: Celebration Cinema- Lansing – 200 E. Edgewood Blvd. Lansing
Where "Shhhhh!" isn't allowed! Family Hope Foundation and Celebration! Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are! With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might [...]
Time: 10:30 am


Sunday April 5, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Saturday April 11, 2020

Sensory-friendly movies at Celebration Cinema

Location: Celebration Cinema- Lansing – 200 E. Edgewood Blvd. Lansing
Where "Shhhhh!" isn't allowed! Family Hope Foundation and Celebration! Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are! With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might [...]
Time: 10:30 am


Monday April 13, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Thursday April 16, 2020

PJ Storytime (Sensory Friendly) at Grand Ledge Area District Library

Location: Grand Ledge Area District Library- Main – 131 E. Jefferson St. Grand Ledge
PJ Storytime returns on a new night and time! We'll turn down some lights and keep our voices soft as young children and caregivers visit for quiet stories, gentle songs and rhymes and a snack. PJ's and stuffed toys are welcome! Families welcome at 6 to check out materials, get [...]
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Saturday April 18, 2020

Sensory Friendly Saturdays at the MSU Museum

Location: MSU Museum – 409 W Circle Dr East Lansing
The MSU Museum will provide a sensory friendly museum environment once a month on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – noon starting in September 2019 through May 2020.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Saturday April 25, 2020

Sensory-friendly movies at Celebration Cinema

Location: Celebration Cinema- Lansing – 200 E. Edgewood Blvd. Lansing
Where "Shhhhh!" isn't allowed! Family Hope Foundation and Celebration! Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are! With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might [...]
Time: 10:30 am


Saturday May 2, 2020

Sensory-Friendly Saturday: Day out with Thomas

Location: The Henry Ford – 20900 Oakwood Blvd Dearborn
Join in the fun with a ride on the No. 1 blue engine at Day Out With Thomas™ during this Sensory-Friendly Saturday event. The Day Out With Thomas™ Depot Town activity area will open at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9:30 a.m. ride on Thomas the Tank Engine™ exclusively for [...]
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Sunday May 3, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Monday May 11, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Saturday May 16, 2020

Sensory Friendly Saturdays at the MSU Museum

Location: MSU Museum – 409 W Circle Dr East Lansing
The MSU Museum will provide a sensory friendly museum environment once a month on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – noon starting in September 2019 through May 2020.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Saturday May 23, 2020

Sensory-friendly movies at Celebration Cinema

Location: Celebration Cinema- Lansing – 200 E. Edgewood Blvd. Lansing
Where "Shhhhh!" isn't allowed! Family Hope Foundation and Celebration! Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are! With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might [...]
Time: 10:30 am


Saturday May 30, 2020

Sensory-friendly movies at Celebration Cinema

Location: Celebration Cinema- Lansing – 200 E. Edgewood Blvd. Lansing
Where "Shhhhh!" isn't allowed! Family Hope Foundation and Celebration! Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are! With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might [...]
Time: 10:30 am


Sunday June 7, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Monday June 8, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Saturday June 27, 2020

Sensory-friendly movies at Celebration Cinema

Location: Celebration Cinema- Lansing – 200 E. Edgewood Blvd. Lansing
Where "Shhhhh!" isn't allowed! Family Hope Foundation and Celebration! Cinema present a unique movie experience for individuals with special needs and their families. Enjoy a disability-friendly environment where everyone is welcome to be who they are! With an audience of your peers, special families can enjoy something fun together that you might [...]
Time: 10:30 am


Sunday July 5, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Monday July 13, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Sunday August 2, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Monday August 10, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Sunday September 6, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Monday September 14, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Sunday October 4, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Monday October 12, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Sunday November 1, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Monday November 9, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Sunday December 6, 2020

Ella Sharp Museum Sensory Friendly Planetarium Show

Location: Ella Sharp Museum – 3225 4th St Jackson
Sensory friendly planetarium shows are designed to make the planetarium environment more accessible. Soft lights remain on, sounds are set to lower levels, and the doors are left open. Shows will be on the first Sunday of each month starting March 2019. First Sundays at 12:00pm Price: $6 Adult, $4 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm


Monday December 14, 2020

Launch Sensory Friendly Event

Location: Launch Lansing – 1982 W. Grand River Ave Okemos
Did you know Launch offers a sensory friendly evening once a month? We call it VIP Time and we offer for sensory friendly guests and their families the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8 PM. We'd love to have you join us for our next session on Feb 10th [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm