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Sensory-Friendly Summer Fun in the Houston Area

Houston Summer has officially arrived and we’re feeling the heat! While days at the pool and afternoons at the park are always nice, we thought we’d share a list of our favorite sensory-friendly activities to take advantage of around the Houston area; allowing you to beat the heat and have some fun!

Our favorite sensory-friendly Houston activities….

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Studio Movie Grill – Offered twice a month at 11:00 am.

“Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie. The sensory friendly screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings. Adult tickets are available at before-noon price.” – source

Star Cinema Grill – Weekly, Showtimes Vary

We keep the lights up and soften the sound for a comfortable, sensory-friendly setting, ideal for young children and guests sensitive to loud noises or darkness. Every Wednesday (and select Saturdays), guests can enjoy a Bright Stars screening of a popular family film, with the to-your-seat service, full menu, and great experience Star Cinema Grill is known for – for only $5 a ticket. Children under the age of three years old are free! Every Wednesday we’ll have a Bright Stars screening, and tickets will usually be available a week prior.” – source

Explore Space at Space Center Houston!

Recently deemed a Certified Autism Center, Space Center houston hosts monthly Sensory Friendly Evenings that allow their visitors to explore and learn in a stress-free, sensory-friendly environment. Explorers are welcomed to participate in Pop-Up Science labs and enjoy many exhibits manned by professionals who are trained to assist guests with sensory needs. Space Center Houston also shares a designated quiet room in case guests need to take a break. – source

Space Center Houston

Learn and Grow at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

The HMNS didn’t stop at sensory-friendly visit days, but they’ve also expanded to offering a sensory guide on their website to help parents identify which exhibits may trigger sensory overloads, in addition to their sensory backpacks which include sunglasses, headphones, fidget devices and stuffed animals! – source

Climb and Explore at We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym!

With open play, parties, classes and respite care, WRTS does an incredible job of creating a safe and sensory engaging place for children to explore and play! The gym boasts an impressive amount of equipment including suspended swings, crash pillows, a zip line, trampolines, fine motor toys and craft areas and a play structure for climbing! This truly is a gym for ALL kids! – source

Get your JUMP on at Sky High Sports every Tuesday!

Lights are dimmed, noises are reduced and there is FUN to be had! Jumping sessions are fantastic for releasing pent up energy, allow your child to be active and mean that you can interact with them in a fun, stress-free way! Go ahead and bounce off the walls, you know you want to! – source

Sky High Sports Houston

We love when local business expand their knowledge to include children on all spectrums! Do you know of more hidden gems that are autism-friendly? Send us a message and we’ll check them out! What activities are you most looking forward to this summer? Be sure to tag BTLC in all of your adventures!