Welcome to the new year and a month full of awesome sensory-friendly events. Maximize your fun with these January events in the Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio areas. 

Studio Movie Grill Special Needs Screenings
January 7th, 12pm
Dallas locations and Houston locations

Studio Movie Grill’s sensory-friendly Special Needs Screenings present movies with the lights up and the volume low, and moving around, talking, and even dancing in the aisles is welcome, too. Tickets are free for children with special needs and their siblings, and adult tickets are available at before-noon price at the Box Office only. 

January’s screening is of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burned through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

Find the location nearest to you and learn more here.

Sensory Friendly Mornings at the National Aviary
January 11th, 10 am – 12 pm
San Antonio

Experience a sensory-friendly morning at the National Aviary with touchable biofacts like eggs and feathers, interactive play spaces, and more. Enjoy a live immersive bird show that uses consistent lighting and volume levels, setting the stage for an engaging experience for all guests. During Sensory Friendly Mornings and every day at the National Aviary, guests can borrow Sensory Bags from Kulture City with items like headphones and fidget toys to help them make the most of their visit.

Learn more and explore their sensory guide here.

Frontiers of Flight Museum Sensory Day
January 21st, 9am – 12pm

The Frontiers of Flight Museum is opening an hour earlier for families to explore the Museum with less noise, crowds, and stimulation of a typical day. They are limiting the number of families who can attend, turning down sounds, and providing sensory havens. Families can also enjoy additional fun and inclusive sensory-friendly activities developed by the Museum and its partners. This event is at no-cost, and pre-registration is required.

Learn more and register here

Sensory Friendly Dino Encounter
January 21st, 3pm – 5pm

The Dinosaur Company manufactures life-size animatronic dinosaurs, prehistoric predators, and giant bugs! They believe dinosaurs are for everyone, but know that a large event can be overwhelming for those with sensory sensitivities or learning differences. They invite families in need of a more relaxed and inclusive experience to join us for this all-ages event! Visit self-paced interactive dinosaur themed stations in our event space and see some of their amazing creatures in our Creature Corral!

Learn more and register here.

The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures Sensory Friendly Performance
January 30th, 12pm
San Antonio

The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures tells the story of Luca, son of the Bustelo-the-Jester, in which he discovers his gift of magical song. The adventure follows Luca through a summer-long tour of surprises and wonders, and reaches a climax with a fateful encounter with the evil ministers “Reducto” and “Canoli”. Luca learns to trust his talents as he saves the day and the kingdom, too! Based on the book by Seymour Leichman and featuring the music of Villa-Lobos, Piazzola, Bach, Beethoven, and Daniel Kelly in beautiful 3D surround sound.

All Sensory-Friendly Performances at The Tobin Center are provided at no cost to students, teachers, caregivers, and families thanks to generous contributions from The Najim Family Foundation, Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation, and The Hearst Foundations. While there is no cost for this performance, tickets are required. 

Learn more and get tickets here.

Sailing Angels

Sailing Angels is a non-profit organization based in the Greater Houston area that enables children with developmental and physical delays to experience the joys of sailing. Children learn knot-tying, navigation, and piloting throughout the excursion. The adventure concludes with the child steering the boat while wearing the Captain’s hat, and then earning a large medallion. The service is free and has a 100% safety record!

Learn more here.



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