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We welcome all children who meet program guidelines to our events. However, we understand that some kids have special needs that make attending certain programs challenging.

Listed below are sensory-friendly movie screenings and encounters with outside performers. Also listed are programs that, while not designed specifically for kids with special needs, may have particular appeal.

Sensory-Friendly Events

  • Sensory-Friendly Movie

    When: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    The Muppets gang heads out on a global tour, where they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. Rated PG. At this sensory-friendly showing, there will be more light and lower volume, but just as much fun! To accommodate children with food allergies, no snacks will be served.

  • Pocket Circus: Sensory-Friendly Performance

    When: Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Come one, come all, to the world's smallest circus, featuring juggling, acrobatics, magic, audience participation, and lots and lots of laughs! This sensory-friendly performance is intended for children with special needs, ages 3-18, and their families. Sign-up starts November 15 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, and November 22 for nonresidents.

  • Pajama Storytime

    When: Wednesday, December 03, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come in your PJs and bring your favorite blankie or lovie for bedtime stories, songs, and a craft. For ages 3 and up. No registration required.

  • The Frog Lady Presents Reptiles and Amphibians: Sensory-Friendly Performance

    When: Saturday, January 03, 2015 - 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Learn the differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians, and meet over 20 live animals. You can stay after to get your picture taken with them, so be sure to bring your camera. This sensory-friendly performance is intended for children with special needs, ages 3-18, and their families. Registration starts December 20 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, December 27 for nonresidents.

  • African Explosion: Sensory-Friendly Performance

    When: Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kick-start African-American History Month with this explosive demonstration of drumming, dance, and acrobatics. This sensory-friendly performance is intended for children ages 3-18 with special needs and their families. Sign-up starts 1/17 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, and 1/24 for nonresidents.

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