Northeast Ohio Sensory-Friendly Fun for Kids in April 2017

Northeast Ohio Sensory-Friendly Fun for Kids in April 2017

Sky Zone Open Jump. Exclusively for children with special needs and their siblings. 4:30-6 p.m.
750 Alpha Drive, Highland Hts., 440-596-3400; and 31500 Viking Pkwy., Westlake, 440-414-0444,

Big Dog Bounce Autism Night. Spend some time socializing while your kiddos play in a safe, clean, supportive environment. 5-8 p.m. Big Dog bounce, Ashtabula Towne Square Mall, 3315 N. Ridge Road E., Ashtabula,

AMC Sensory Friendly Films. AMC turns the lights up, and the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Check your local listings for specific showtimes.


Coffee, Tea & Autism. A peer-to- peer support group offered by the Autism Society of Greater Akron. It provides an informal forum for discussion and information sharing among anyone impacted by autism. 6-8 p.m. Panera bread, 4065 Pearl Road, Medina, 330- 940-1441,


Autism Awareness Month Story. Designed for children with autism or other special needs, especially those who have trouble sitting still or focusing. 7:30-8 p.m. Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St., 330- 725-0588,


Meet and Greet Event and Free Parking Lot Safety Kits Distributed. Connecting with Kids is introducing a Parking Lot Safety Awareness program This is a free, public event where families can learn about local resources, therapies, after-school programs and summer camps for their child who is struggling (with or without a formal diagnosis). Participants can visit with representatives from more than 70 organizations to discuss services and explore program options. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

Asperger’s Boot camp for Teens. Ongoing class that covers a different social skills topic each week, such as the art of chit chat, how to break into a group, and using gestures for better communication. 6:30-8 p.m. Autism Society of Greater Akron, 2858 W. Market St., 330-929-7288, [email protected]


Transition Bootcamp: Educational, Training and vocational Options after high School. Transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. 6-9 p.m. Register at Lombardo Center, 6000 Lombardo Center, Suite 100, Seven Hills


Bowling for Autism: Strike it Big 2017. Bowling Extravaganza to support local families impacted by autism. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Freeway Lanes of Solon, 33185 Bainbridge Road; and Buckeye Lanes, 24488 Lorain Road, North Olmsted,

The Lake & Geauga County Autism Support Group. Topics include education, behavior, transition, social emotional needs, strategies and interventions. Contact Lisa Marino at 440-350- 2563 x741 for more information. Lake County ESC REV Center, 382 Blackbrook Road, Painesville


Autism Society of Greater Cleveland Chili Cook-Off. Featuring more than 40 local area amateurs, chefs, restaurants and local organizations’ take on chili. All you can eat chili, music, door prizes, raffles and more from 6-9 p.m. Visit for details.


Sensory Storytime. Stories and activities for young children on the autism spectrum and those who are sensitive to sensory overload, and would prefer a small, adapted storytime. 1 p.m. Hudson Library, 96 Library St., Hudson, 330-653- 6658,

About the author

Denise Koeth is managing/digital editor of Northeast Ohio Parent. She writes for and assists with production of the print magazine, as well as manages digital content on the website and oversees the brand’s social media activity. Denise grew up in Northeast Ohio and she and her husband are currently raising their two boys here.

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