Does your child prefer less sensory stimulus? Do you want an indoor play experience with fewer crowds and less noise? Here are 6 activities to get you started!
Double-check hours and prices on event websites, as they are subject to change.
On Mellow Mornings, kids can enjoy Kids Club Fun & Fitness in Vancouver without music blasting on the speakers. Children will love the slides, a giant ball room, suspension bridge, roller tubes, ball swings, and an interactive light space floor. They also offer camps and swim, gymnastics, and dance lessons.
Location: 13914 NW 3rd Ct. Vancouver, WA 98685
Hours: Mellow Mornings Wednesday & Thursday 10am-12pm in the “Jungle”
Cost: 3-12 years $15.49 +tax, walkers-2 years: $7.75 +tax, non-walkers: free (pass options also available)
Outdoors In in Hillsboro has tons of play space, a playground, bouldering wall, & a classroom filled with toys. Sensory kits are also available! These include fidget items, weighted lap pads, sunglasses, and earmuffs. Request a kit here.
Location: 124 E. Main St. Hillsboro, OR 97123
Hours: Sensory Sensitive play Tuesdays 9am-12pm
Cost: $6 per child (non-resident of Hillsboro), $4 per child (resident of Hillsboro), punch cards
Preschool Sensory Story Time at Multnomah County Libraries
Enjoy a story time aimed to offer a smaller, more adaptive library experience for children on the spectrum.
Locations: Fairview-Columbia Library: 1520 NE Village St. Fairview, OR 97024 (Sundays at 3pm, first come, first serve); Gregory Heights Library: 7921 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213 (Saturdays at 11:15am, first come, first serve)
Hours: Listed above
We all know about Chuck E. Cheese. But did you know they offer dedicated time for kids with Autism and special needs which includes a quieter environment with less crowds, dimmed lighting, and sensory-friendly arcade?
Location: 7721 NE Vancouver Plaza Vancouver, WA 98662 (Beaverton location does not offer sensory friendly times)
Hours: 9am-11am on the first Sunday of the month
Cost: Free admission
Programs include gymnastics and ninja program, preschool and tutoring, summer camps, and additional services such as speech therapy and ABA.
Location: 11959 SW Garden Place Portland, OR 97223
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm (requires a free virtual evaluation to be placed into programs)
Cost: Dependent on program
See a movie with the lights turned up and the volume turned down. Movie goers are free to express themselves by singing, crying, dancing, walking around, talking, or shouting!
Locations: Regal Bridgeport Village 7329 SW Bridgeport Rd. Tigard, OR 97224; Regal Vancouver Plaza 7800 NE Fourth Plan Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98662
Hours: The first showing of the day on select Saturdays and Tuesdays each month
Cost: varies, but typically $5-10 per ticket
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