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

  • "Let's Play!" Storytime
    When: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Come early to meet friends old and new for unstructured play time. We'll join you at 11:00 for stories and songs. In partnership with the "Let's Play!" initiative of The Alliance for Early Childhood.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Maple Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kids with special needs and their families are invited to this sensory-friendly, up-close, live, hands-on experience about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Registration starts June 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 14 for nonresidents.
  • Family PlayLab: Cardboard Build
    When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come build and play in a huge cardboard creation. Building ends at 10:45, but the creation will remain in the Youth Program Room until 3:00 for play and exploration. All ages.
  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. Rain date: July 13.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. Rain date: July 13.
  • "See the Show! Become the Pro!" with Jason Kollum (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kids with special needs and their families are invited to this fun show with juggler Jason Kollum. Balls, clubs, rings, giant beanbag chairs, and much more will all be sent flying through the air. Then, it's the total-participation, hands-on workshop where kids of all ages get to actually try out the skills they got to see in the show! Registration starts June 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Maple Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Family PlayLab: Sneaky Art
    When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come have an Andy Goldsworthy experience at a nature art table and make art to hide in the library and the community. All ages.
  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Ben's Bubble Show (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kids with special needs and their families are invited to this fun show with bubble sculptures, sleight of hand, and audience participation! Registration starts July 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 19 for nonresidents.
  • Stories in Vattmann Park
    When: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Family PlayLab: Life-sized Candyland
    When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Follow the rainbow path around a life sized version of this classic board game. Complete the game and receive a royal lollipop. All ages.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    In this 1991 animated Disney fairy tale adaptation, a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman fall in love. Rated G.

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