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Upcoming Special Events for Children with Special/Sensory 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.

Also, be sure to check out our program listings for Activities for Children with Special Needs and Athletic Programs for Children with Special Needs and Resources for Families with Special Needs.

CHESAPEAKE

*FOR SIBLINGS* Sibshops (for Siblings of Individuals with Special Needs) at Inside Out Learners (Chesapeake) – ongoing dates

Play Days at Our Sensory Farm (Chesapeake) – ongoing dates

Sensory Sunday at Chuck-E-Cheese (Chesapeake, Hampton & Virginia Beach) – First Sunday of each month from 9-11am

Sensory Friendly Showing at Cinema Cafe (Chesapeake) – the first show of the day on select Saturdays

HAMPTON

Sensory Hours at Sky Zone (Hampton) – Every Sunday from 10am-11am

Sensory Sunday at Chuck-E-Cheese (Chesapeake, Hampton & Virginia Beach) – First Sunday of each month from 9-11am

Sensory Friendly Movies at AMC (Hampton and Virginia Beach) – The second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Wednesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.

NEWPORT NEWS

Sensory Play Wednesday at Surge Adventure Park (Newport News & Virginia Beach) – Every Wednesday from 11am-1pm

CP Warriors FC at HR SportspleX (Newport News) – the third Saturday of every month

Friendly Hours at The Mariners’ Museum (Newport News) – Second Saturday of each month from 9-11am

NORFOLK

ASL Performance – The Hobbit at The Wells Theatre (Norfolk) – Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 7:30pm

A Merry Little Christmas Carol – ASL Performance at The Wells Theatre (Norfolk) – Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 7:30pm

PORTSMOUTH

Sensory Sundays at The Children’s Museum of VA (Portsmouth) – the second Sunday of each month

Special Needs Day at The Children’s Museum of VA (Portsmouth) – Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 9am – Noon

VIRGINIA BEACH

Sensory Friendly: The Lion King Experience by the Hurrah Players (Virginia Beach) – Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10am

Halloween Family Fun Day at Camp Grom (Virginia Beach) – Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 4-7pm

Sensory Sunday at Chuck-E-Cheese (Chesapeake, Hampton & Virginia Beach) – First Sunday of each month from 9-11am

Sensory Play Wednesday at Surge Adventure Park (Newport News & Virginia Beach) – Every Wednesday from 11am-1pm

Sensory Friendly Movies at AMC (Hampton and Virginia Beach) – The second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Wednesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.

Sensory Hour at Splash House VB (Virginia Beach) – the third Wednesday of the month from 12-1pm

Sensory Friendly Hour at APEX (Virginia Beach) – the first Saturday of each month from 10-11am

Sensory Friendly Hours at The Virginia Aquarium (Virginia Beach) – October 8, 2022

All Abilities Night at iFly Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach) – Friday, October 21, 2022 – Ticket Purchase: https://www.facebook.com/iFLYvabeach/events/

YMCA Camp Grom Family Days (Virginia Beach) – Check upcoming dates here.

WILLIAMSBURG

Next Chapter Book Club (Williamsburg) Check upcoming dates here.

Sensory Movie: “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” at James City County Library (Williamsburg) – September 24, 2022 from 2-4:30pm

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