Special Events for Children with Special Needs {Updated}


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 information and to RSVP if needed. Additions to our FREE Listings can be Submitted HERE.

  • Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 6-7:30pm. 
  • Description: Join us as we invite families with children or adults with special needs to visit the Aquarium after we close to the general public. See all of our animals and exhibits in a calm, comfortable environment and explore at your own pace. The event begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 7:30 p.m. **Enjoy a very special sensory-friendly showing of Superpower Dogs 3D beginning at 5:30 p.m. before the official start to the evening's event. Participants can experience the movie with special sound and light modifications and are welcome to move around as needed.
  • Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 10am-5pm
  • Location: The Chrysler Museum, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA
  • Description: Children with processing differences are invited to explore Eric Carle: Moonlit Nights & Other Illustrations in a comfortable setting. Quiet spaces, a social story, and loaner fidgets will be available. The Chrysler will also lower lights and sounds throughout the Museum. 
Back to School Bash (Virginia Beach)
  • Date: August 24, 2019 from 1-4pm
  • Location: Pembroke Mall, Virginia Beach VA  
  • Description: Come celebrate the start of the 2019- 2020 school year with us! We will have a variety of fun-filled activities that are accessible for children of all abilities. We will be giving much needed school supplies to children of the community as well of teachers of Special Education classrooms. Supplies are limited and only available while they last. We hope to see you there. 
  • Cost: This event is free and open to the public. 
  • Date: August 25, 2019 from 12-4pm
  • Location: All Inclusive, 5950 Poplar Hall Drive  Suite 106 Norfolk, VA 23502
  • Description: All Inclusive is a FIRST and ONLY full-service salon/ barbershop thats designed specifically for children and adults that are special needs! We also have professional, caring people to travel and service our clients in their homes, group homes and their facilities to clients that requires mobile services.
  • Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 11am-3pm
  • Location: Mill Point Park, Hampton VA
  • Description: UE Cares Foundation 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation in affiliation with United and Empowered Care and their sister organization Serenity C&C will host a free picnic for the Intellectually Disabled (ID), Developmentally Disabled (DD) and Autistic community. There will be entertainment, games, activities and food. Food trucks will available to the general public.
  • Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 9-11am
  • Location: Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High St, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
  • Description: Down on the Farm Day! Enjoy a day of farm animals, decorating a pot and planting a seed, and more! The Children’s Museum of Virginia welcomes families with children who have behavioral health and/or developmental challenges. Visitors can explore the museum, use adaptive materials provided at the front desk, relax in a quiet space, and enjoy a reduced number of visitors! Families are welcome to stay for the day once the museum opens to the public at 11am. 
  • Cost: Admission is $5 per person and one caregiver is admitted for free. Target Audience: Pre-K - 12 years old. 
Sky Zone Cares (Virginia Beach)
  • Dates: September 15, 2019 from 10am-12pm
  • Location: Sky Zone Virginia Beach 2029 Lynnhaven Pkwy, 100A, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456  
  • Description: Sky Zone Cares is our monthly sensory-friendly event for guests with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and special needs. This is an all ages, all bodies, all abilities event.
  • Cost: Guests with special needs get 60-minutes of jump time for $8 and one caregiver jumps free. We strongly encourage all jumpers to fill out their waivers on our website prior to arriving at the park.

Respite Day (Virginia Beach)
  • Dates: September 21, October 12, November 9, 2019
  • Location: Camp Hope Haven 3000 North Landing Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
  • Join us for a fun-filled respite day, designed specifically for school-age children and teens who have special needs and their siblings! Participants are paired with volunteer buddies, who will ensure that they are able to fully engage, enjoy the day, and know how special they truly are. Parents have the day to recharge. A sample schedule is available, but keep in mind that we will tailor our activities as needed to meet the unique interests and abilities of the children and teens who attend. Please email us with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you there! 
  • Cost: The $10 registration fee covers the cost of food* and activities.

Private Jump For Children With Special Needs at Bounce House (Chesapeake)
  • Upcoming Dates: September 22, October 6, November 17, December 1 & 29, 2019 from 9-11am
  • Location: 4300 Portsmouth Blvd, Chesapeake, Virginia 23321
  • Description: Join us for our monthly private jump designated for special needs children. The admission per child is $7 and adults are free. Adults may accompany children inside of the inflatables if need be. The event will be private from 9am-11am but all families may stay to play after we open to the public as well.
  • Dates: September 28, September 29, October 12, October 13, 2019 from 9am-2pm
  • Location: Location: YMCA JT's Camp Grom, 1181 Prosperity Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
  • Description: Spend your day kayaking, climbing the 50 foot Alpine Tower, floating in our lazy river, fishing and more! All of the activities offered at Camp Grom are designed to be inclusive and adaptive! The YMCA 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.
  • Cost: $20/per person, scholarships available. Register today at www.ymcashr.org!
  • Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 12-5pm
  • Location: The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center 2803 Oak Ave, Newport News, Virginia 23607 
  • Description: The 5th Annual Awesomely Autistic Art Festival! 

  • Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10am-1pm
  • Location: Hickory High School 1996 Hawk Blvd, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
  • Description: Join us for the 2nd annual Disability Awareness Walk & Roll and Resource Fair! This is an inclusive event for the whole family to celebrate our differences and support people with disabilities! Activities include: • One mile walk (or roll) • Community resource fair • Themed art display • Fun activities for kids • Food trucks will also offer items for purchase! 
  • Dates: October 27 (Where The Wild Things Are), December 14 (Cat in the Hat) at 1pm
  • Location: Barnes & Noble TCC at MacArthur Center, Norfolk
  • Description: Join Barnes & Noble for a very special story time where all books will be read aloud and signed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Children will enjoy a storytime, a character meet and greet, milk and cookies, and a craft! 

Sensory-Friendly Concert (Newport News)
  • Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 3pm
  • Location: Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News VA
  • Description: Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a special sensory-friendly concert for music lovers of all ages. This full-orchestra performance will be in partnership with the Ferguson Center for the Arts, a KultureCity Certified Sensory Inclusive venue. Families and friends are invited to take part in the pre-concert hands-on activities and resource fair. Quiet spaces will be available before and during the concert and seating will be flexible within the hall. 

Sensory Friendly Movie at Cinema Cafe (Hampton & Chesapeake)
  • Location: Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake, VA / Hampton Riverdale, 1044 Von Schilling Dr, Hampton, VA
  • Description: We keep the lights up, turn the sound down, and avoid 3D. It is a show where people with sensory disorders can jump, shout, and move about, without fear of judgment.
  • Upcoming Dates: 
    • First Saturday of each month. Check the link for current showing!
  • Description: AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!
  • Upcoming Dates: 
    • Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Check link for current movie schedule.

  • Description: AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!
  • Upcoming Dates: 
    • Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Check link for current movie schedule.
  • Dates: Second Sunday of each month from 9-11am. April, May, September, October, November, December 2019.
  • Location: The Mariners' Museum, Newport News VA
  • Description: Have a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience? Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month. Friendly Hours is an inclusive time where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. 
  • Cost: Free with $1 Museum admission! Friendly Hours will be from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, before the Museum opens to the public. Space is limited, so please register in advance to let us know you are coming.
Sensory Open Play at Virginia Beach Library (Virginia Beach)
  • Date: Regularly scheduled at a variety of VB Library locations
  • Location: Rotating Virginia Beach Library locations
  • Description: This program is designed to allow children ages 3-10 to explore a variety of sensory play experiences. While fun for all children, this program is appropriate for children with specialized sensory processing needs to explore sensory stimulation through games, activities and more. Not all activities are appropriate for every age and ability. Caregivers, please plan to assist your child in safely exploring the materials and activities. Online registration is required.

Funville Cares Day at Funville Virginia Beach (Chesapeake & Virginia Beach)
  • Date: The last Sunday of the month from 9-11am
  • Location: Funville Virginia Beach & Funville Chesapeake
  • Description: FunVille would like to invite you to a Judgement Free Morning for Kids with Special Needs. We will be opening our doors the last Sunday of each month from 9am - 11am and offering a calm and safe environment for kids with disabilities. We will also provide a private room for guest that need a few minutes of downtime to rest from all the fun. The admission rates will be $1 off and parents are welcome to enjoy the fun with their kids free of charge. For more information check out our Facebook page or call us at (757) 963-8683
Special Needs Day at Pigtails & Crewcuts (Chesapeake, Virginia Beach)
  • Date: All day on the first Wednesday of the Month 
  • Locations: 
    • Pigtails & Crewcuts: Haircuts for Kids, 1554 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
    • Pigtails & Crewcuts, 725 Eden Way N, Chesapeake, VA 23320
  • Description: We have decided to not only offer appointments before we open, for our kids with special needs, but we offer them all day on the first Wednesday of the month. Special Needs Day will allow us to have more availability and be able to designate our party room just for special needs haircuts. This way we can focus on your child and whatever accommodations they need, like no noise, low lights, special movie, etc. We have limited space, so call for an appointment today! VB: 757-422-8888 Chesapeake: 757-549-4900
Sensory Sunday at Chuck-E-Cheese (Chesapeake, Hampton & Virginia Beach)
  • Date: First Sunday monthly from 9-11am
  • 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
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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