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 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 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! March 14 at 10am: Onward April [...]
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! March 14 at 10am: Onward April [...]
Time: 10:00 am


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