Community Events

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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.

Friday, December 7, 6pm – 8pm
Au-Some Aquarium 
Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St. Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
Au-Some Aquarium is a fun night dedicated to families with sensory, physical or other challenges who could benefit from a calmer and quieter environment.  The theme of the night is PENGUINS and there will be a penguin show!!   We will have art activities, gluten free snacks, a sensory friendly sea lion show (at 7:00) and the touch tank.  For members of the aquarium, it is free of charge.  For non-members, it is $10 per family or $5 per person from residential facilities or groups.  The aquarium has made many recent renovations and is looking really good!  Please note that the tank for the sea lions is under maintenance so there will be no water or sea lions.  HOWEVER, we will have a PENGUIN “show” up close and personal!

Sunday, December 9, activities at 1:30pm; concert at 2:30pm
BPO Kids – Exceptional Kids – Jingle Bell Jam
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201. Sing along with the orchestra, enjoy cookies and milk with Santa, and get in the holiday spirit with your whole family. It’s a jolly good time! BPO will once again be a Toys for Tots drop-off location. Special Discounted Rate: $15 per family per concert (includes all members in household). TO PURCHASE TICKETS: PHONE: (716) 885-5000 & please ask for Rachael & mention “BPO Kids Exceptional Kids.”  Or get tickets at the door. Parking: Is available in the lot for $5 per concert or on the street for free – however we will be able to give you $5 to offset parking charge if you sign in at our welcome table in the lobby. Heads-up – this is for sensory seekers, in the past, children have been given bells to jingle throughout the concert.

Tuesday, December 11, 7pm – 9pm
Redefining Consequence: Consideration and Strategies for Reducing Challenging Behaviors and Developing Emotional Regulation Skills
Clarence High School Lecture Hall, 9625 Main St, Clarence, NY. This seminar is designed for caregivers who live/work with a child who demonstrates recurring challenging behaviors.  This presentation goes beyond determining what is causing challenging behaviors, and examines how many conventional ways of responding to difficult behavior contribute to the persistence of challenges.  Practical strategies to decrease problematic behaviors and increase adaptive alternative behaviors will be offered. Presenter: David L. Meichenbaum, Ph.D.,  Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Director Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic, and Director of Community Consulting and Clinical Services at The Summit Center *This free presentation is open to everyone who has a child or works with a child who has challenging behaviors.  *RSVPs are appreciated!  Please email: clarenceseptsa@gmail.com

Friday, December 14, 5:30pm – 8pm
Au-Some Evening at Explore & More Children’s Museum
300 Gleed Avenue, East Aurora.  Free for families with autism. This fun night features art activities, gym activities, music therapy, friends from Paws for Love and more. This is the last au-some Christmas at the East Aurora location and it will be a holiday theme including pictures with a patient Santa!

Sunday, December 16, 10am
Sensory Friendly performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Theatre of Youth
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203 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY. This is a very special performance with a jazz combo.  The show is about an hour long and is just like the TV special. The sensory friendly shows are designed to make all people feel comfortable – kids can move around and there are no reserved seats. The children will have an opportunity to ask questions and take a picture with the actors at the end of the show. With the code “1N68”, tickets can be purchased online or through the box office for only $5 per ticket.  All ages are welcome!

Friday, December 21, 7pm – 8:30 pm
Sn@pFit at Rolly Pollies
All three locations: East Amherst 716.689.6151, Orchard Park 716.662.7424, North Buffalo 716.833.3318. Children with special needs and their families and friends are invited to enjoy SN@P open play for fun in a relaxed and supportive environment. We lower the music, limit participants and work with each family to create the best environment possible for each child to play! Sn@P FIT Gym is for children ages 12 and under.  The cost is $15.00 for the first child and $5.00 each additional sibling.  Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Call to reserve your spot!

Saturday, January 5,10:00 am
Sensory Friendly Show of the movie Mary Poppins Returns
Flix Stadium 4901 Transit Road  Lancaster, NY 14043. Dipson  sensory friendly family film series slated to run the first Saturday of every month at 10am. The films will be presented with the theatre lights on and the sound lowered.  Dipson Theatres, Inc. acknowledges the needs of social engagement and environmental factors affecting people on the autism spectrum, and hope that this family film series will create an entertainment venue for families to enjoy new releases in a presentation that will suit unique and special needs.  Admission is $7.75 per person for both children and adults. Flix will also offer a weekly raffle for attendees to win concession prizes and promotional movie gifts.

Sunday, January 13, 10am – 12pm
Down Syndrome New Family Social & open Play at Sweet Charlotte’s . Join Down Syndrome Parents Group of WNY for a fun morning for parents and grandparents of babies and toddlers with Down syndrome to come together for informal support, networking and , or course, treats at Sweet Charlotte’s. Sweet Charlotte’s is an all-inclusive play space and preschool for children of ALL abilities located in Clarence, New York. Have fun watching your little one engage in toys and activities geared towards babies crawling to 8- and 9-year olds. Enjoy yourselves in a relaxed, clean and safe environment where ALL children are welcome and encouraged to explore using their own imagination. Register at New Family Social or contact Amy Monson at amonson23@hotmail.com

Friday, February 8, 6pm – 8 pm
Sensory Night at WNED’s KidFest.
WNED-TV Studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14222 It will be an opportunity for your families to meet Princess Presto, Clifford, Super Why, Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat, and participate in lots of other family friendly activities.  Tickets are limited to 250 people so they may go quickly.  The regular prices are Family pack of 4 for $30, Adults $10; Kids 2 years and up $8 and under 2 years are free. Please use the password “sensorynight” to access the private page: kidfestsensorynight.eventbrite.com

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