6 Sensory Friendly Indoor Activities for Fun Without the Noise

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.

Kids Club Fun & Fitness

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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

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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
also available

Preschool Sensory Story Time at Multnomah County Libraries

Fairview Columbia Library. 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
Cost: Free

Chuck E. Cheese Vancouver

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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

Spectra Gymnastics

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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

Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings

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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

Whitney Hansen
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