As summer approaches, parents and caregivers of children with autism are eagerly searching for inclusive and engaging activities to keep their little ones entertained. Long Island, with its vibrant community and diverse offerings, is a haven for families seeking inclusive events and opportunities tailored to the needs of children on the autism spectrum. In this blog post, we’ll explore a variety of upcoming events and activities that cater to children with autism on Long Island this summer.
- Sensory-Friendly Movie Screenings: Location: AMC Theatres (Various locations across Long Island) Dates: Ongoing throughout the summer
AMC Theatres on Long Island offers sensory-friendly movie screenings designed specifically for children with autism and sensory sensitivities. These screenings feature dimmed lights, reduced volume, and an accepting environment that allows kids to enjoy the latest family-friendly films without feeling overwhelmed. Check the AMC Theatres website for specific locations, movie schedules, and ticket information.
- The Long Island Game Farm: Location: 638 Chapman Boulevard, Manorville, NY 11949 Dates: Throughout the summer
The Long Island Game Farm is an interactive zoo that hosts a range of family-friendly activities suitable for children of all abilities. With a strong commitment to inclusivity, the Game Farm offers sensory-friendly experiences, animal encounters, and educational shows throughout the summer. Children can explore and engage with various animals while enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Visit their website for specific event dates and admission details.
- Nassau County Museum of Art – Exploring Art Together: Location: 1 Museum Dr, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576 Dates: July 15th, August 12th, September 9th, 2023
The Nassau County Museum of Art organizes “Exploring Art Together” sessions that provide inclusive art experiences for children with autism and their families. These interactive workshops offer sensory-friendly activities and guided art projects, allowing children to express their creativity in a supportive environment. Pre-registration is required, so make sure to visit the museum’s website for more information and registration details.
- Long Island Children’s Museum – Sensory-Friendly Family Night: Location: 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 Dates: July 21st and August 18th, 2023
The Long Island Children’s Museum hosts sensory-friendly family nights, where they create an environment tailored to the needs of children with autism and sensory sensitivities. These evenings offer exclusive access to the museum’s exhibits, quiet spaces, and modified programming, allowing families to explore and engage at their own pace. Check the museum’s website for specific event times and ticket information.
- Surf for All – Adaptive Surfing: Location: Beach locations across Long Island Dates: Ongoing throughout the summer
Surf for All is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing adaptive surfing programs for individuals with disabilities, including autism. They offer specialized surfing sessions on Long Island’s beautiful beaches, designed to accommodate various abilities and create an inclusive surfing experience. Visit their website for more information on upcoming sessions, registration, and specific beach locations.
Long Island offers a plethora of exciting events and activities for children with autism to enjoy during the summer months. From sensory-friendly movie screenings to interactive zoo visits and inclusive art workshops, there are options for every interest and ability. By participating in these inclusive experiences, families can create cherished memories while fostering socialization, sensory exploration, and personal growth for their children with autism. So, mark your calendars, prepare for a summer of fun, and embrace the inclusive spirit of Long Island’s vibrant community.