Tis the season for a calendar full of family fun. Explore the season with some of our top picks for December and keep a close eye on the calendar was we continue to add even more fun for the whole family.

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation – Special needs parents can enjoy a little break while their children with special needs enjoy an evening of swimming, eating dinner and watching a movie. This Adaptive Youth Fun Night is designed especially for individuals with disabilities. Registration is required.


December Special Needs and Adaptive Activities

Sensory Friendly Santa

When: Various Dates and Times

Sensory friendly Santas can be found at the Greenwood Park MallCastleton Square MallThe Fashion MallPerry CrossingCollage MallRhodius Park, and Conner Prairie.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the IRT

When: December 8 at 2 pm and December 26 at 1 pm

An ASL/AD performance will take place on December 8. Those with sensory needs can enjoy a sensory friendly show on December 26.

Village Dance Studio’s Nutcracker Short & Suite at Grace Church 

When: December 15 at 2 and 4 pm

The house lights will be slightly raised, sound will be adjusted (lower at 2 pm for those with sensory needs and higher at 4 pm for those hard of hearing). Families can also enjoy various traditional and non-traditional seating options and a movement space that will be open in the back for anyone who wants to dance along.

Elf the Musical at The Tarkington

When: December 22 at 2 pm

This showing of the holiday classic will be an inclusive performance, along with ASL interpreters/audio describers.

Sensory Friendly Morning at Conner Prairie

When: December 28 from 9-10 am

Conner Prairie will be open one hour early for those with Sensory Differences and their families. Lights will be dimmed and noises will be kept to a minimum to ensure a more sensory friendly environment.