Special Events for Children with Special Needs

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Here is our BIG LIST of upcoming events specifically designed for local families in Hampton Roads with special needs. Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach
When you have a special needs child or family member you aren't always able to plan family activities in the same carefree way that others do. Many local businesses and museums have begun to recognize that there is a need to allocate time for families who may need extra time, or less stress about noise and behaviors, to enjoy all that they have to offer.
Here is our list of upcoming events specifically designed for local families in Hampton Roads with special needs. Some events are ongoing, and some are one-time events. Please check links to confirm the information and to RSVP if needed. Additions to our FREE Listings can be Submitted HERE.
Featured Listings:

Sensory Sunday at Chuck-E-Cheese (Chesapeake, Hampton & Virginia Beach)
  • Date: First Sunday monthly from 9-11am
  • Location: Check here for participating locations.
  • Description: We open 2 hours early on the first Sunday of every month, specifically for children with autism and other special needs. Reduced lighting and noise. Food and games offered. Trained and caring staff

Sensory Friendly Spa Sunday (Hampton)
  • Dates: Every 2nd Sunday at 10am-12pm (By appt)
  • Location: Wild Child Spa Entertainment 19 N Mallory St Hampton, VA 23663
  • Description: It's that time again! Tag a friend...Let's spread the word for those who have sensory sensitive children! Every 2nd Sunday we set the scene for our senory sensitive children to have a spa experience they will never forget! April 11th we are offering a special environment to accommodate sensory-sensitive children! We are offering our VIP service which includes a mani and pedi, photo time in the glam room, fun in the spa pool ball pit, and a spa treat and drink for only $45. Appointment Only  

  • Dates: 
    • April 10, 2021 at 7:30am
    • May 8, 2021 at 7:30am
    • June 12, 2021 at 7:30am
  • Location: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  • Description: We will open early on select dates exclusively for guests wanting a quieter Aquarium experience. Families that have members with any ability are invited to visit the Aquarium in a calm, comfortable, sensory-friendly environment. Explore at your own pace before we open the doors to the general public. We hope that this special event will ensure a comfortable visit for everyone, before the doors open to the general public at 9 a.m.​
  • Please note:  Advanced registration is recommended, and regular admission rates apply. One caretaker is admitted at no charge if he or she is working with a guest who is visiting the Aquarium. The disabled guest may request an additional caretaker be admitted at 50% of the regular admission.
  • Cost: Free for Members; $24.95 Non-member adults; $19.95 Non-member children

  • Dates: 
    • April 17
    • May 8
    • May 22
    • June 5
    • June 12
  • Location: YMCA Camp Grom, 
  • Cost: $20 per person in advance. $20 includes a caregiver or parent. Day of registration $25/per person.
  • Description: Spend your day climbing the 50 foot Alpine Tower, floating in our lazy river, fishing and more! All of the activities offered at JT's Camp Grom are designed to be inclusive and adaptive! The YMCA at JT's Camp Grom is a 70-acre beach style family camp that serves as an accessible, outdoor activity center for everyBODY. We are happy to service our families and children with differing abilities, Gold Star Families, and Wounded Veterans. Scholarships available. . Register today at www.ymcashr.org! All activities are open to the community, weather permitting. 

Sensory-Friendly Skate (Virginia Beach)
  • Date: Monday, April 19th from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Location: Haygood Roller Skating Center 1036 Ferry Plantation Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • Description: Join us for a Sensory-Friendly Skate Night on Monday, April 19th from 5:30-7:30pm. A portion of the proceeds will go to Tidewater Autism Society of America. What's sensory-friendly? We won't be playing loud music and will have no flashing or sudden lights. As always, wheelchairs are welcome on the floor. 
  • Cost: $7. Tickets will be purchased at the door. 
  • Date: Thursday, April 22, 2022 from 4-5:30pm
  • Location: iFly Virginia Beach, 2412 Pacific Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  • Description: Everyone in the special needs community is welcome to participate! Event package includes a pre-flight training session, all the necessary flight gear (suit, helmet, goggles). Each flyer will be assisted by specially trained Flight Instructors during the event with extra attention and accommodations based on participant needs. 
  • Cost: Each flyer receives 2 flights (1 minute each) for only $39.95 and a FREE video! Space is limited and Reservations Required.

Sensory Friendly Hour at APEX (Virginia Beach)
  • Dates: The first Saturday of each month at 11am (or one hour prior to opening): May 1, June 5
  • Location: Apex Entertainment, 4621 Columbus St Ste 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 
  • Description: Every first Saturday of the month we offer special accommodations such as reduced lighting and sound, sunglasses, sensory toys, and quiet rooms.
  • Cost: Regular pricing applies 
Sensory Friendly Event at Ocean Breeze Waterpark (Virginia Beach)
  • Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Location: Ocean Breeze Waterpark, 849 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach VA
  • Description: Guests with special needs, their families and friends are invited to the 2021 Sensory Friendly Night at Ocean Breeze Waterpark! Guests with a Sensory Friendly Night admission ticket can enter the park beginning at 4 pm while the park is still open to the public. The park will close to the public at 6 pm and only guests with a Sensory Friendly Night admission ticket will have exclusive access to the park until 8 pm, with limited capacity and modified music.
  • Cost: $17.99 for ages 3+. Limited tickets available. Ocean Breeze Waterpark will donate $3 for every ticket redeemed to partnering special needs organizations.
Here is our BIG LIST of upcoming events specifically designed for local families in Hampton Roads with special needs. Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach 
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