Special needs families might have noticed a change over the last few years. More and more adaptive programs and events are popping up all over town. But it can still be a challenge to always know what’s going on for our kids. To make it a little easier on you, I’ll be adding events for special needs families to the calendar all month long. So make sure to check it often and look under the “special needs” category for easy searches.

For now, here are some great upcoming events you’ll definitely want to check out.  

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation has the philosophy that ALL programs are inclusive. If your child wants to use the Monon Community Center or participate in any of their many programs, just drop them an email and they can make accommodations to specifically fit your child’s needs. They can even facilitate a staff member to work directly with your child one-on-one if deemed necessary. But you can also find adaptive programs designed specifically for special needs children of all ages by searching their program guide with the key word “adaptive.” Some of these include sensory friendly family night, fishing and archery, kids night out, swim lessons, t-ball, and more.

March Special Needs and Adaptive Activities

March 11 – Playcraft Time | Carter’s Play Place

Time: Mondays at 11 am
Description: Kids can join the Carter’s Play Place staff to explore drawing, painting, and crafts through guided projects and storytime activities.
Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 a person.
Location: 17219 Foundation Parkway, Westfield
Contact: (317) 763-1568

March 12 – Sensory Friendly Hours at Sky Zone Indy South

Time: 4-5 pm, on the second Tuesday of each month
Description: Sky Zone Indy South provides a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.
Cost: $8
Location: 4150 Kildeer Dr., Indianapolis
Contact: (317) 759-9925

March 13 – Special Needs Parent Day Out with Embracing Abilities and Our Shepherd Lutheran Church

Time: 10 am-3 pm
Description: Each month, Embracing Abilities will host a special needs kids night out for special needs children and their siblings age 6 months to 16 years of age. The programs dates and times, as well as registration information can be found here
Cost: Funding is available through the FSW and CIH waivers. Private pay is $25 an hour.
Location: 9201 E County Road 100 N, Avon
Contact: info@embracingabilities.com

March 16 – Sensory Yoga with Link to Learn Behavior Therapy

Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Description: Learn a new way to connect with your children through FREE sensory friendly yoga class for the whole family.
Cost: Free
Location: 9935 Eller Road, Fishers
Contact: (317) 863-8388

March 16 – Special Needs Movie Screenings: Captain Marvel at the Studio Movie Grill

Time: 11 am
Description: 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.
Cost: The sensory friendly screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings. Adult tickets are available at before-noon price.
Location: 3535 W 86th Street, Indianapolis
Contact: (317) 876-3331

March 20 – Open Play Gym at A Work in Progress

Time: 11 am-Noon
Description: Children and their adults can come to enjoy indoor playtime in this indoor therapeutic playspace. While there, parents can speak with a speech and occupational therapist about their child’s development.
Cost: $10
Location: 6011 E Hanna Avenue, Suite M, Indianapolis
Contact: (317) 787-3375

March 23 – AMC Sensory Friendly Films – Wonder Park

Time: The Sensory Friendly Film Program is available at on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and on Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes.
Description: AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where they turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing.
Cost: Prices vary.
Location: Check for your local theater.
Contact: Check for your local theater.

March 26 – Sensory Friendly Morning at the Indiana State Museum

Time: 9-10 am
Description: During this special hour, museum lights will be at a lower level, extra sounds will be limited, distracting motions or equipment will be paused, and sensory friendly activities in the galleries will be offered.
Cost: Included with cost of admission, which is $17 for adults and $12 for children. Access Pass members are just $2 each.

March 29 – FREE Special Needs Parent Respite Events with Easterseals Crossroads

Time: Fridays from 6:15-10 pm; also 10 am-2 pm on the fourth Saturday of each month
Description: This program provides care at multiple locations for children with disabilities and their siblings ages 6 months through 12 years. Parents can choose one event each month and must register in advance.
Cost: Free
Location: Varies
Contact: (317) 466-1000 x2504 or egarvin@eastersealscrossroads.org.