Fill up your calendar with a few sensory-friendly, family-fun events this October!


Chuck E. Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays

2760 W. I-20, Grand Prairie, TX

Every Sunday

Chuck E. Cheese is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. Through their Sensory Sensitive Sundays program they’re able to offer families a quieter dining and entertainment environment, dimmed lighting and a sensory-friendly arcade experience. Their sensory-friendly events also include a trained and caring staff to ensure each guest has a safe, fun-filled visit.

Participating locations will open two hours early on the first Sunday of the month to offer a sensory-friendly experience for families.

Learn more here.


Denton, Texas

October 8

9am – 10am

Children with sensory friendly needs can come visit when the museum is not as crowded and noisy. They will alter light levels and display volumes for these visiting hours. Noise canceling headphones are available upon request. Please reach out if you have any questions to

Learn more here.

Carter’s Museum Sensory Exploration

Fort Worth, Texas

Saturday October 8th

10am – Noon

During October’s Sensory Explorations they’re focusing on artworks that include animals. Families can explore artworks in the galleries, enjoy an interactive performance, go on tours, and get creative during a hands-on, art-making experience! Sensory Explorations is a free program for families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum. While the needs of individuals with autism are the focus of this program, it is also intended to be fun for parents, siblings (of all ages), and other relatives!

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation may be provided during this event upon advance request.

Learn more here.

Studio Movie Grill

Special Needs Screenings

Locations in The Colony, Plano, Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth.

Select Dates at Noon

Studio Movie Grill’s sensory friendly Special Needs Screenings present movies with the lights up, the volume low, and moving around, talking, and even dancing in the aisles is welcome.

Special Needs Screenings are shown at 12:00pm at all SMG locations. 

  • 10/15 Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
  • 11/05 Black Adam
  • 11/19 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • 12/03 Strange World
  • 12/10 Devotion

Learn more here.

Junie B. Jones 

Dallas Children’s Theater

October 8th

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Junie B. Jones is back, and she’s got some advice to give…eventually. It was her brilliant idea to put together a survival guide for next year’s students, but now she’s at a total loss for what to add to it! It doesn’t help that all her friends are full of cool ideas and dance numbers. How’s a girl supposed to deal with all this competition? Hilariously, of course! In this musical extravaganza great for back-to-school time, Junie B. Jones learns some important lessons about school, patience, and personal growth. This play is perfect for fans of Junie B. and newcomers alike!

With the mission of inspiring young people to lead creative and productive lives through the art of the theater, DCT is proud to be able to create a positive, fun atmosphere for families with sensory friendly needs. A child with autism or some other sensory challenge who loves theater and the arts will be excited about this program at DCT and, hopefully, with the transformational experience of theater, will be inspired to creatively contribute to the world and their community in their own way.

If you have any questions, please call 214-978-0110 or visit their website at



Sensory Friendly Day: An Autism Friendly Event

Fort Bend Discovery Center

Sugar Land, Texas

October 3


Children with autism spectrum disorder and their families are invited to experience the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center with dimmed lights, limited extra sounds, and no distracting motions during this private event. Extra signage is added to help visitors determine things not to climb on, and entrances between exhibits where it is good to stop and wait for an adult before continuing. Our Sensory Friendly Days offer a wonderful relief from extra stimuli. These exclusive events include the following modifications:

  • Less crowded environment
  • Light and sound reduction
  • Extra visual safety signage
  • Designated quiet rooms

This event is FREE for members. General admission is $7. Registration is required for this event.

Learn more here.


Explore Abilities Day

Houston Children’s Museum

October 17

10am – 3pm

An exclusive day for children with unique challenges and their families. Registration is required.

Explore Abilities gives families the opportunity to enjoy the entire Museum at their own pace and also participate in the special activities occurring that day. These exclusive events include the following modifications:

  • Light and sound reduction
  • Extra visual signage for safety
  • Less crowded environment free from unnecessary distractions
  • Ear defenders and sunglasses available on loan
  • Designated quiet rooms

*Families are allowed to bring in outside food and drinks (Fresh Café will be closed)

Registration is required for this event. 

Learn more here

About the Authors

Apara Autism Center is a leading provider of ABA therapy in Texas. We understand the difficulty of dealing with uncertainty and are prepared to assist you with our collaborative developmental therapy support. If you’re looking for ABA therapy near you, we have centers in Houston, Dallas, and surrounding areas. Apara Autism Center employs a team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) that can assist you with resources to help comfort your child during stressful times. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to call (844) 272-7223 or contact us with your questions and concerns.