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 information and to RSVP if needed. Additions to our FREE Listings can be Submitted HERE.
 
 
 
  • Upcoming Dates: Dance season starts February 9, 2019
  • Location: TRDance 325 Granby Street, Norfolk VA
  • Description: Registration is still open for all 3 adaptive dance classes at TRDance. The Movin’ and Groovin’ class is a fun and exciting way for children ages 5 years old and up with ASD to find meaningful movement expression. Through classes that integrate ballet and modern dance concepts, Movin’ and Groovin’ can instill various life skills from social awareness to personal awareness and self-acceptance. Our instructors utilize principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to give positive reinforcement throughout the class time, providing a safe, nurturing environment for each dancer.
 
Private Jump For Children With Special Needs at Bounce House (Chesapeake)
  • Upcoming Dates: February 10th, March 10th, 2019
  • 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.
 
  • Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 6-8pm.
  • Location: Jump VA Beach, 701 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
  • Description: All persons with disabilities will be $8 per hour. Their accompanying adult or sibling can jump for free but must assist the entire time. Everyone must have waivers filled out and socks. Accompanying adult or siblings MUST check in at the front to ensure they have a waiver on file. Socks can be bought for $2 plus tax. Music will be played at a lower level than normal.
 
  • Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 4-6pm
  • 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! (24 tickets max) Reservations Required.
 
  • Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 2-4pm
  • Location: Friends School, 1537 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach VA 23451
  • Description: Enjoy a great afternoon with local families celebrating Valentine's Day in a sensory friendly and welcoming environment. This year's event will again be hosted by both organizations, Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia and Families of Autistic Children of Tidewater (FACT). Come out and enjoy crafts, games, and fun! 

Sky Zone Cares (Virginia Beach)
  • Dates: February 17, 2019 from 10-11am. March 18, and May 20, 2019 from 5-6pm
  • 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. 

Inclusion Brunch (Virginia Beach)
  • Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 11am-3pm
  • Location: OBS 2947 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach VA
  • Description: Come out to our inclusion brunch! We have a sensory room filled with toys, stuffed animals, games and volunteers to watch the kiddos. Obs donates a percentage of sales so come hungry and thirsty.  

  • Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 9 - 11am
  • Location: Children's Museum of Virginia 221 High Street Portsmouth VA
  • Description: Mark your calendars! 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 11 a.m.  All Aboard! For this Special Day for Special Needs, we encourage visitors to find their inner train conductor and explore our new Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit!   Visitors can also enjoy our new permanent Toddler Tracks exhibit.  There will be fun art-related activities as well as a train-themed takeaway. Target audience: Pre-K – 12 years old.
  • Cost: Admission is $5 per person and one caregiver is admitted for free.  

  • Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 5-6:30pm
  • Location: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451
  • 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 5 pm and continues until 6:30 pm. Advanced registration is suggested and regular admission rates apply. Please note: One caretaker is admitted at no charge if they are working with a guest who is visiting the Aquarium. A caretaker is defined as a required attendant without whom the guest could not tour 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

  • Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4:15-5pm
  • Location: Ballet Virginia International 700 West 21st Street Norfolk VA
  • Description: A ballet-based creative movement class for children with special needs from ages 5 to 11. The class will be taught by BVI Children’s Program Director, Lisa McCarty, along with several teacher assistants. Ms. McCarty has completed the Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Teacher Training course and has taught children’s dance classes for over 25 years. High quality, engaging instruction in a positive and fun environment will foster coordination, self-confidence, musicality, fitness and personal growth. 
  • Contact Ballet Virginia International if you are interested at balletvirginia@gmail.com or 757-446-1401.  

  • Date: March 4, 2019 from 6-8pm
  • Location: Rebounderz Newport News
  • Description: At Rebounderz in Newport News, we realize during normal operating hours, our facility can be overwhelming for our friends with special needs and sensory issues. That is why we offer Sensory Friendly Night! The music is softer, flashing lights are minimal, the arcade is turned off and overall, the distractions in our family entertainment center will be dialed down. 
  • Cost: $10.00 per jumper general admission (includes Jump and Ninja Warrior activities). $3.00 for reusable Rebounderz Grip Socks (required). Clean Athletic Shoes recommended for Ninja Warrior Course. 

  • Date: March 16, 2019 from 10am-1pm This event is currently sold out
  • Location: Maria's Guesthouse, Inc. 804 Lummis Road, Suffolk, Virginia 23437 
  • Description: Enjoy a morning with loved ones and other special need families from the community. Network and share resources while enjoying our petting zoo, horseback riding and more. Registration required. Please sign up in advance by messaging our Facebook page. Spots are limited; all are welcome. 

  • Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9am-1pm
  • Location: Chesapeake City Park 900 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
  • Description: Join us for our 2nd Annual Autism Superhero 5K! This year we are squaring off Heroes vs Villains! Dress up as your favorite hero or villain! Register for the 5K or Lil Hero (or Villain) Fun Run! Join or Create a Fundraising Team! https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/autism-superhero-5k-heroes-vs-villains
  • Cost: 5K - Prices and Price increase dates $35 1/28 - 3/1, $45 3/2- 4/27 while spots remain/ Lil Hero Prices $20 1/28 - 3/1, $25 3/2 - 4/27 while spots remain- Last year this race sold out!  

ICan Shine Bike Camp (Virginia Beach)
  • Dates: June 24-28, 2019 from 9am-12pm
  • Location: Virginia Wesleyan University, 5817 Wesleyan Dr, Virginia Beach VA
  • Description: iCan Bike Camp registration opens on 4/1 Time to learn to ride? The vast majority of people with disabilities never have the experience of independently riding a conventional two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime. Research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never experience this thrill. iCan Shine is here to change that with over a 90% succession rate! 
 

ONGOING EVENTS
 
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: 
    • TBA - check link for updates!
 
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.
  • Location: The Mariners' Museum
  • 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 (Virginia Beach)
  • Date: The last Sunday of the month from 9-11am
  • Location: Funville Virginia Beach,
  • 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
  
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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