Autism-Friendly Activities in Minnesota

Sensory-friendly outings and activities in a relaxed environment are a great way for the whole family to enjoy time together, particularly if a loved one is on the autism spectrum or has sensory sensitivities. Thanks to belikebuddy.com for collecting some local autism-friendly activities in Minnesota.

See the Stage

Minnesota Orchestra (Minneapolis)

At Minnesota Orchestra’s Relaxed Family and Sensory-Friendly Concerts, people of all ages and abilities are welcome to come be who they are while enjoying music together with family and friends in a relaxed environment.

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Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis)

The Children’s Theatre Company increases access and inclusion for children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorder and other sensory, social and cognitive disabilities by providing dedicated sensory-friendly performances.

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Check Out Museums

Bell Museum (St. Paul)

The quietest time to visit the museum is late afternoon, when there are fewer visitors and the space is generally uncrowded. Visitors are welcome to utilize additional resources like quiet spaces and sensory tools.

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Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul)

The Science Museum of Minnesota has a variety of tools to ensure a fun and fulfilling visit. At the exhibit entrances, visitors can request sound-dampening headphones and other resources. There are also designated quiet spaces.

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Enjoy Experiential Fun

Minnesota Zoo (Apple Valley)

The Minnesota Zoo’s app, MNZoo4All, is designed to support those with autism and sensory-processing disorders. It also makes the zoo more accessible for all guests through features that ease anxiety, like visual schedules, guides and more.

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Cheap Skate (Coon Rapids)

The first Tuesday of each month, Cheap Skate creates a night of family fun by offering a sensory-friendly atmosphere – no flashing lights, no fog and no loud music. These skating and bouncing sessions are designed for those with special needs in mind.

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More Information

Check out belikebuddy.com/minnesota for more information on the ideas above and to see national chains that may have sensory-friendly activities in your area.