Loud sounds and packed crowds can be overwhelming for people with sensory sensitivities. Around the Oklahoma City metro area, family-friendly venues offer inclusive events and other accommodations aimed at welcoming all families to enjoy their fun amenities.
(Editor’s Note: This is a working list last updated May. 22, 2023. If you know of other events happening in the Oklahoma City metro area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
At select locations around the country, Chuck E. Cheese opens two hours early on the first Sunday of the month, offering families less crowds, dimmed lighting and low music. Chuck E., their iconic mascot, will make limited appearances as well. The Norman location is participating in this program.
Crowded theaters can be the exact opposite of sensory friendly; however, AMC offers a unique movie-watching experience for families and adults with sensory sensitivities. On the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, local theaters offer family-friendly screenings with the lights turned up and the sound turned down. On Wednesday evenings, theaters show movies for mature audiences with the same accommodations.
The My Way Matinee at Regal Theatres provides a movie experience where guests are welcome to move around, sing and dance. Additional accommodations include brighter lights and lower sound.
Several times a year, iFLY hosts an All Abilities Night offering accommodations for all abilities and discounted pricing. iFLY partners with local adaptive, inclusion and special needs organizations. Space is limited.
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym was founded to provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together using uniquely designed sensory equipment that is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders. Children are welcome to come in and enjoy the same activities that are offered during the private sessions and private parties. This includes full use of the gym with all equipment, and an arts & crafts section that has: beading, painting, lanyards and much more.
Throughout the year, Myriad Gardens offers a variety of family-friendly activities that connect to nature in different ways each season. For example, when Pumpkinville arrives each fall in the Children’s Garden, staff provides a more controlled and welcoming environment for people with sensory sensitivities to experience with no loud music and smaller crowds. Families can enjoy festive booths, crafts and a light snack, on a select evening during the festival. Space is limited, so be sure to preregister.
In partnership with KultureCity, Thunder fans can check out kits designed to reduce sensory overload during game nights. There is also a space in Section 112 that provides a calm, quiet atmosphere.
Lloyd Noble is a KultureCity-certified venue. Sensory bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will be available to all arena guests who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Prior to attending an event, families can download the free KultureCity app to see the available sensory features and where they can access them.
Metro museums and family fun venues that offer sensory-sensitivity resources and accommodations:
- National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
- Oklahoma City Zoo
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art
- Science Museum Oklahoma
For even more family-friendly ideas, check out our searchable calendar for fun events happening every day of the week.