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.

Saturday, February 2, 10:00am
Sensory Friendly Film Series
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 needsMovie: DOG’S WAY HOME

Sunday, February 3, 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.

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

Sunday, February 10, activities at 1:30pm; concert at 2:30 pm
BPO Kids – Exceptional Kids – Presto Mambo
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201. The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital has partnered with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to provide a special discount just to our families in hopes of making the concerts more accessible to all children with sound muffling headphones available at BPO coat check; preferred seating near exits (if desired) and access to a quiet space if a child needs a break. Be ready to dance in the aisles with Platypus Theatre’s interactive family show that highlights the rhythms of Latino music from the Americas.  Tickets are only $15 per FAMILY. TO PURCHASE TICKETS: PHONE: (716) 885-5000 & please ask for Rachael & mention “BPO Kids Exceptional Kids.”

Friday, February 15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm 
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!

Thursday, February 28, 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Maximizing Social Competence of High Functioning Children with ASD
Clarence High School Library, 9625 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the core deficits of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its impact on children with average to above average cognitive and language abilities. Next it will review the state of the research on improving the social functioning of children and treatment elements that have been found to be effective for children with autism and well as other children with social/social communication deficits. Presenter: Marcus L. Thomeer, Ph.D.,  Institute for Autism Research, Canisius College. RSVP: clarenceseptsa@gmail.com

Friday, March 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Au-Some Aquarium 
Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St. Niagara Falls, NY 14301. $10 per FAMILY for non-members of the aquarium and free for members.  Au-Some aquarium features theme-related art activities, gluten free snacks, a sensory friendly sea lion show and touch tanks.  It provides a supportive environment dedicated to people who can benefit from a calmer and more sensory friendly time to visit the aquarium.  The theme for March is NEMO.

Saturday, March 2, 10:00am
Sensory Friendly Film Series
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 needsMovie: DRAGON 3

Sunday, March 3, 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.

Friday, March 22, 7:00pm – 8:30pm 
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, March 23, 1:00pm – 5:00pm 
SibShop of WNY
Delavan Community Center, 1025 W Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209. Sibshops provide support and guidance to siblings of children with special needs . Siblings are encouraged to share the challenges and celebrate the joys with brothers and sisters in similar situations. Our Sibshops are lively, action packed, 4-hour workshops. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another—if they are given a chance.

Sunday, April 7, 9:00 am – Noon
Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Strong Museum of Play
One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are limited to 250 people to create a calmer, more sensory friendly environment.  Tickets include a visit to the Butterfly dome and families are welcome to stay after the museum opens to the general public at noon. This is a great opportunity to visit the Strong!

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