Special NeedsSensory-Friendly Events for Kids with Special Needs

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

  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Department

    Read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only, call or stop by to sign up for one 15-minute slot for January OR February beginning December 30. Grades 1-5. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program.
  • Winter Kids' Concert
    When: Saturday, March 05, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Sing and dance along with Parents' Choice Award winners Wendy Morgan and DB! All ages. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 8 tickets per family.
  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Department

    Read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only, call or stop by to sign up for one 15-minute slot for March OR April beginning February 24. Grades 1-5. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program.
  • Spring Break Science: Flubber (Gr. 1-4)
    When: Monday, March 21, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    It stretches. It bounces. It oozes. Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? No, it's flubber! Come mix up a batch and explore the properties of this intriguing substance. Grades 1-4 with an adult. Sign-up starts March 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 14 for nonresidents.
  • Preschool Dance Party
    When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Shake your sillies out with bubbles, scarves, and more. It'll be a blast! Ages 1-5 with an adult.
  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 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. Ages 3+.
  • Dads and Donuts Storytime
    When: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Calling all dads, uncles, grandpas, and other all-around great guys! Stop on by for a special treat -- stories and donuts just for you and your favorite preschooler. Ages 2-5 with an adult.
  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Department

    Read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only, call or stop by to sign up for one 15-minute slot for March OR April beginning February 24. Grades 1-5. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program.

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