Blog Category: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

An adult giving tour around the art show to four children

Unveiling a World of Art for All

How to Make Your Art Show Sensory-Friendly Art shows! A vibrant tapestry of creativity, where captivating pieces ignite our imagination and inspire awe. But for some visitors, the bustling crowds, bright lights, and cacophony of conversations can transform this artistic haven into a sensory minefield. This is where sensory-friendly practices come in. By creating an

Young family laying in a tent at a sensory-friendly campsite.

How to Create A Sensory-Friendly Campsite

For many families, camping is a yearly traditional event. Camping is a way for families to travel and spend quality time in nature together. Additionally, for many families, camping is a financially accessible way to go on a relaxing vacation. However, for families that have a family member with sensory sensitivities, camping is not a

Crowd of people attending a concert at a sensory-friendly arena.

Make Your Arena or Stadium Sensory-Friendly

Arenas or stadiums are common spaces to host exciting events such as sports games or concerts. Typically, these buildings are extremely large and can fit hundreds or even thousands of people. As a result, these environments tend to be very sensory-rich. Therefore, many people, including families with children who have sensory sensitivities are not able

Group of people dancing at a sensory-friendly music festival.

How to Make a Music Festival Sensory-Friendly

Music festivals are fun, often outdoor events. They involve the local community and visitors, enjoying music from special guests over a series of hours or days. Music can be anything from classical to country to rock and roll! Depending on the size of the event, they may include food vendors, rides, and other attractions. These

Family of three sitting on a couch and watching a sensory-friendly show online on a laptop.

Ways to Make Online Shows Inclusive, Accessible, and Sensory-Friendly

A 2022 report titled, “The WebAIM Million” which looks at the accessibility of the top 1,000,000 home pages, found that during an evaluation that was conducted using the WAVE stand-alone API, there were usually at least 50 accessibility errors on the home page of a website alone.  Websites that are not accessible pose barriers for

Children sitting in an audience at a sensory-friendly play.

What Is a Sensory-Friendly Play?

A sensory-friendly play is simply a play that has been adapted to be less overwhelming for the senses. Essentially, it becomes friendly for your audience’s sensory experience. Plays become sensory-friendly by changing things in the theatre and by changing the play itself, if needed. The same play may be adapted differently by different theatres. Likewise,

Three young girls at standing on trampoline at indoor recreation center.

Make your Sport or Recreation Center Sensory-Friendly

Are accessibility and inclusion important to you? Indoor and outdoor recreation centers or rec centers, sports centers or clubs, community centers, activity centers, and play parks are busy, noisy and bright! For people of all ages who experience sensory sensitivity or sensory overload, a busy, noisy and bright environment is a barrier. As a result,

A young family of four sitting around a camp fire smiling.

Essentials for Sensory-Friendly Camping Experience

For many families, camping is a yearly traditional event. Camping is a way for families to travel and spend quality time in nature together. Additionally, for many families, camping is a financially accessible way to go on a relaxing vacation. However, for families that have a family member with sensory sensitivities, camping is not a

Graphic stating, "The Andy Warhol Museum's Virtual Sensory-Friendly Workshop!"

An Art Museum Hosts a Virtual Sensory-Friendly Workshop

Picture this: You join a Zoom call. You first see a gallery of new faces. You hear scattered chatter in the group.  People interrupt one another.  They apologize for their audio delays. You notice a cluttered workspace behind some.  While other participants have a bright, patterned virtual background. You notice that people walk behind another participant on camera. While another is interrupted by their barking dog.  And the

Young child and swim instructor during sensory-friendly swim lessons kicking in swimming pool..

How to Create Sensory-Friendly and Autism Swim Lessons 

Did you know that the World Health Organization says that drowning is the third major cause of death for children and youth? And the leading cause of accidental deaths? Swimming lessons are an important part of promoting water safety and preventing drowning. Moreover, sensory-friendly and austim swim lessons ensure that many more children are introduced to water

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