Community Events

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Friday, February 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WNED KidFest Sensory Night
WNED | WBFO Studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202
Come meet some of PBS Kids’ most beloved characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Wonder Red, Buddy the Dinosaur, and more!  There are lots of activities, a green screen, gluten free snacks, music and more.  Only 150 tickets will be sold to keep it sensory friendly – tickets range.  Purchase tickets with the code: “sensorynight” at https://kidfestsensory20.eventbrite.com\  Tickets are: Under 2 years old = FREE; Kids 2 and older = $8; Adults = $10 and there is a Family Pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for $30.  Prices are reduced for members of WNED.

Friday, February 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Au-Some Aquarium 
Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St. Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
Please join us for a night for families with autism, sensory, physical, and/or medical challenges.  It is a quiet, calm and supportive environment.   There will be a sensory-friendly sea lion show at 7:00 PM, gluten free snacks, art activities and the touch tank!!!  $10 per family or FREE for members of the Aquarium.  The theme is Seahorses.

Sunday, February 9, 10:00 am 
Sensory-Friendly Theatre
Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201
Sensory Friendly Performance of “Miss Nelson is Missing.” Enjoy live theatre in a comfortable and supportive environment. Children can move around and meet the actors after the show. Tickets are only $5 per person and can be purchased online or through the box office with the code “1N68”

Friday, February 14, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Au-Some Evening at Explore & More Children’s Museum
Explore & More Children’s Museum,130 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202.
FREE but reservations are required in advance. Questions? Please email: accessibility@exploreandmore.org

Saturday, February 15, 10:00 am 
Sensory Friendly Show of “Sonic the Hedgehog” 
Flix Stadium 10 – 4901 Transit Road Lancaster, NY 14043
Admission is $8.75 per person for both children and adults. Flix will also offer a monthly raffle for attendees to win concession prizes and promotional movie gifts.

Sunday, February 16, 1:30 pm (pre-concert); 2:30 pm concert
BPO Exceptional Kids – BuffaLove
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201
Pre-Concert activities begin at 1:30 pm and the show starts at 2:30 pm. Doors to the concert hall open at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 per family & parking voucher is available for tickets purchased in advance. TO PURCHASE TICKETS: (716) 885-5000 ask for Rachael & mention “BPO Exceptional Kids.”

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Parents of Children with Autism group
Aspire, 7 Community Drive, Cheektowaga, NY.  For information, please email: jmertz@kaleidahealth.org

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Parent Network of WNY Webinar:
Finding the Best Graduation Option for Students with Disabilities
This workshop explores graduation options and outlines the updates to New York State regulations. Learn about the different kinds of diplomas, and what you as a parent or caregiver can do to help your young adult graduate.

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Parent Network of WNY Webinar:
ADHD- Strategies for Success and IEP Development
Learn the signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This class discusses the characteristics of ADHD, and the tips and tools to help identify strategies that can be included in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Improving Social Interactions in Students
WCSD Conference Rooms, 105 Casey Rd, East Amherst, NY, 14051
Join Williamsville SEPTSA to learn:
• common social skill needs across students
• simple tools to help students feel more socially comfortable
• how to reinforce skills within & outside of the academic setting
Presenter: Grace Sokolowski, Speech-Language Pathologist.

Sunday, March 1, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Family Skate Night
Cornerstone Ice Arena, 1 Grigg Lewis Way, Lockport, New York 14094
A fun and free event for the whole family to come ice skate in a supportive and sensory friendly environment. Adaptive equipment and skates will be provided. REGISTER NOW

Wednesday, March 4, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Finding the Best Graduation Option for Students with Disabilities
Sweet Home Central School District, 1901 Sweet Home Rd, Amherst, NY 14228
Enter through Door #6. This workshop explores graduation options and outlines the updates to New York State regulations. Learn about the different kinds of diplomas, and what you as a parent or caregiver can do to help your young adult graduate.

Thursday, March 5, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Speak- Up! Skills for Effective Advocacy & How to Prepare for Meetings 
Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns, 54 Riverdale Avenue , Buffalo, NY 14207
This workshop is for parents, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities who participate in various meetings with professionals throughout a school year. The class will provide you with tips on how to be prepared and organized. You will learn how to be a powerful advocate (someone who speaks up).

Friday, March 6, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Support & Networking Lunch 
For WCSD Special Ed & Gifted Services
Sorrentino’s Spaghetti House, 5640 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
Join Williamsville SEPTSA to:
-meet others supporting exceptional education
-bring your questions, ideas, or concerns
-enjoy complimentary casual cuisine

Wednesday, March 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Preparing for High School
Hamburg Middle School, 360 Division St , Hamburg, NY 14075
This workshop is designed to help parents or caregivers of children about to enter high school. Hear about changes that will take place along the way. Learn how to help your student identify his or her interests, strengths, and needs for all areas of life. An early understanding of graduation requirements will help to simplify this transition to independence.

Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Finding the Best Graduation Option for Students with Disabilities
East Middle School, 1445 Center Rd, West Seneca, NY 14224
This workshop explores graduation options and outlines the updates to New York State regulations. Learn about the different kinds of diplomas, and what you as a parent or caregiver can do to help your young adult graduate.

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
Preparing for High School 
C. Dee Wright Community Center, 11 Church St, Akron, NY 14001
This workshop is designed to help parents or caregivers of children about to enter high school. Hear about changes that will take place along the way. Learn how to help your student identify his or her interests, strengths, and needs for all areas of life. An early understanding of graduation requirements will help to simplify this transition to independence.

Sundays, 9am – 11am 
Sensory Sunday at SkyZone
425 Cayuga Road · Cheektowaga, NY 14225.
No music will be played and this time is dedicated to families who can benefit from a calmer
and quieter environment.  Special pricing of $10 per jumper or $25 per family.

Sundays, 2pm – 4pm
CAUSE Program at Daemen College
4433 Main St, Amherst, NY, 14226.
Center for Allied and Unified Sport and Exercise (CAUSE) at Daemen College provides opportunities for people with disabilities (ages 6 – 18) to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience the camaraderie and sportsmanship that comes with athletics participation. In addition, CAUSE provides a supported venue for caregivers to access athletic-based care, participate in health and wellness programs, or simply experience the joy of watching a loved one compete. Registration is required.

First Sunday of Every Month, 9:00am – 11:00am
Chuck E. Cheese Sensitive Sunday
4994 Harlem Rd., Amherst, NY 14226 & 4408 Milestrip Rd., Buffalo, NY 14219. Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month opening our stores two hours before their normal opening time. Our Sensory Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that work to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit. We realize that the Chuck E. experience can be very stimulating for any child, so our mission is to create an event that allows ALL kids to be a kid.

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Western New York Family Magazine Events Calendar

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