After all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and the endless events to choose from in December, it can feel like it’s hard to find things to do in January! I know it feels like the longest month for me and my crew, with the cold air, and the long nights! Here are a few events to look forward to this month, that are special needs friendly!
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.
Studio Movie Grill – The Rise of Skywalker
January 4, 11 am
3535 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis
Special needs children, and their families are invited to attend a special screening of The Rise of Skywalker. The film will be shown with the lights up, and the sound down, to accommodate those with sensory sensitivities. Children are free to move around the rows and aisles, talk, or even dance during the movie. Special needs children and their siblings are free, and parents are only charged the before noon matinee pricing.
Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E Cheese
January 5, 8 am
5501 E 82nd Street, Indianapolis
Chuck E. Cheese offers a sensory- friendly experience on the first Sunday of each month. They open two hours before normal to specifically welcome special needs children, and their families, for a quieter and calmer environment. The events are staffed with specially trained employees, to ensure that each special guest has a fun filled visit.
Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis Clinic
January 5, 1:30 am-1 pm
Jewish Community Center
6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis
The Jewish Community Center welcomes all experience levels to their Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis Clinic! Bring your sports chair if you have one, and racquets are available if needed.
Special Needs Dance Class with Sean
January 8, 5-6 pm
Carmel Ballroom Dance Studio
111 Medical Drive, Carmel
Join Sean at the Carmel Ballroom Dance Studio for a class specially designed for those with additional needs. Each class is $5 per student, and provides an environment of learning, and fun for all abilities!
Adaptive Biking Basics
January 9-February 27, Every Thursday from 6:15-7 pm
Monon Community Center
1195 Central Park Drive West, Carmel
Does your child struggle to learn how to ride a bike? Well Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is hosting a Adaptive Biking Clinic! Staff will work with your family on your specific biking goals. The session fee is $95 and includes all of the sessions, and a 1:2 staff to student ratio! You must be six years old to register.
Family Sensory Sunday
January 12, 1:30-3 pm
9012 E 126th Street, Fishers
Play & Learn will be open for families with sensory sensitivities, or other special needs. Registration is required at least one week in advance, to ensure a staff ratio of 4:1, regardless of age. This program is offered the second and fourth Sunday of each month.
AMC Indianapolis 17 – Special Needs Movie Screenings
January 11 and January 25
4235 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis
The second and fourth Saturday of each month, AMC invites special needs children, and their families, to enjoy movies in a sensory sensitive environment. The film is shown in a lights up, sound down setting. In addition, children are welcome to move throughout the aisles and talk during the film.
Sensory Hour – Brownsburg Library
January 19, noon-1 pm
Families are always welcome at the library, but we recognize that can be difficult for some families. Our hope is that sensory friendly browsing can lesson distractions and help make visits to the library fun and worry free. Families can enjoy a quieter atmosphere, smaller crowds, and some sensory play.