Activities are often more difficult for families with special needs— going to the movies is definitely one of those things. Movies can be a great family activity, but for some children with special needs movies can be too loud, too bright and theaters have etiquette expectations that can be quite challenging! Sitting still and being quiet is not realistic for many children with special needs.
Thankfully sensory-friendly movie nights are available monthly, so families with special needs can enjoy movies together, too!
What is a sensory friendly
At a sensory-friendly movie, the lights are turned up and the sound is turned down. Children are not expected to follow typical movie etiquette. Moving around the room is okay, and singing and dancing along is allowed. Meltdowns may happen, and that is okay, too. It offers a judgment-free zone where the kids can be themselves.
Sensory-friendly movies are open to all children with developmental disabilities, their families and friends. Popcorn and water are provided. Families are encouraged to bring their own pillows or blankets to get comfortable. You may also bring your own snacks, though snacks and drinks are also available for purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Although these events are designed for children with developmental difficulties, they are also inclusive and open to the public. Children do not have to have a developmental disability to attend.
Sensory-friendly movies are available monthly in Findlay thanks to the Friends of Blanchard Valley School. Hosted at the Blanchard Valley School Cafeteria, located at 1700 East Sandusky St., these events are free and host a giveaway at the end of the event. The next sensory-friendly movie night will be 6-8:30pm January 12, and February’s event will be 6-8:30pm February 9.
For information about sensory-friendly movies at Blanchard Valley School visit friendsofbvs.org.