We've rounded up some options for families looking for sensory-friendly programs in Dallas-Fort Worth.
My DSO Concert
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is hosting a free April 10 concert designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities, as well as their families, friends and caregivers. The program includes Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Arrangements will be made to accommodate the individual needs of people with acute sensitivities, "quiet rooms" will be set aside for those who need a break from the music, and the house lights will be brighter. If you show up before the performance, there'll be chances to try out instruments at an instrument petting zoo and opportunities to learn more about resources in Dallas for families and individuals with developmental disabilities. Tickets, which are available online in advance, are required.
The chain partners with the Autism Society for screenings at several locations with the lights turned up a little, the sound turned down a little and a relaxed atmosphere where kids can get up, talk and move around as needed. Find details at amctheatres.com/sff.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Families with children on the autism spectrum are invited to the Sensory Saturdays program on the second Saturday of every month. Explore the galleries and get creative during a hands-on art-making experience. While activities are geared for children 5-12, the free program is intended to be fun for everyone. The next one is April 9. Reservations are required; email firstname.lastname@example.org. cartermuseum.org.
The lights will be turned up and the sound turned down during sensory-friendly screenings at B&B Theatres Wylie 12. The next one is The Jungle Book on April 16. bbtheatres.com (select "Special Events: and then "Sensory friendly").
Dallas Children's Theater
The theater hosts performances for kids with autism or other sensory challenges throughout the year, with optional pre-show activities, the house lights a few levels higher and a reduced sound level. The next one is Balloonacy on April 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, Dallas. dct.org/sensory.
The Dallas Museum of Art
The museum hosts Autism Awareness Family Celebrations with gallery experiences and art-making activities throughout the year. Registration for the events is available one month prior to event dates, and space is limited. The next one is scheduled for April 30. dma.org/programs/autism-awareness.
Studio Movie Grill
The lights are turned up and the sound is turned down, and kids can talk, dance and sing as desired at select screenings. The next is The Jungle Book on April 23. This series is free for kids with special needs and their siblings; adults pay the regular before-noon price. studiomoviegrill.com (go to the bottom of the page and select "Children With Special Needs").