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Local Sensory Friendly Venues and Events

Updated June 2018

--Times and Schedule subject to change--

Adventure Theatre

7300 MacArthur Blvd (Glen Echo Park)
Glen Echo, MD 20812

These performances have been slightly adjusted for children with autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other sensitivity issues. These performances are open to the general public. Click Here For More Information

AMC Theaters

AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18
9811 Washingtonian Ctr
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

AMC’s Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific show times. Click Here For More Information

Chuck E. Cheese’s

5270 Randolph Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852

Chuck E. Cheese’s opens 2 hours early on the first Sunday of every month to offer a sensory-friendly experience for children with autism and other special needs. Sensory Sensitive Sundays include less crowding and noise, dimmed lighting, show and music turned off or down, and limited appearances by Chuck E. Click Here For More Information

Imagination Stage

4908 Auburn Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

Each production within Imagination Stage’s Lerner Family Theatre Season features a Sensory-Friendly performance designed to be more accessible for those individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. These Sensory-Friendly performances aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment where families can simply relax and be who they are. Tickets to Sensory-Friendly Performances are $12-$25 and 100% refundable up until the show begins. Click Here For More Information

Olney Theatre Center

2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road
Olney, MD 20832

Sensory-friendly performances are scheduled each season for children and adults on the autism spectrum or with other sensitivity issues. The following adjustments are made for these performances:

  • Reduction of sound levels, particularly loud or startling sounds
  • Reduction of stage lighting
  • Low lighting in theater throughout the performance so patrons are able to see should they need to move around
  • Patrons can talk and move around the theater as much as they wish during the performance
  • The use of mobile electronic devices are allowed during the performance if they are being use as a communication device
  • Designated break spaces will be available for those who might feel overwhelmed and need a break from the performance
  • Tickets for these performances are reduced price and are refundable up until the show begins
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Regal Cinemas

Regal Rockville Center Stadium 13
199 East Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, MD
844-462-7342 ext 248

My Way Matinee showings will offer an adaptive movie going experience, with lowered sound and brighter lights. Additionally, kids will be able to dance, sing, and shout along with the characters in the films at these screenings. These monthly matinee shows will take place at 10:30 a.m. at participating theaters. Click Here For More Information


Ashley Grady, Program Specialist
Accessibility Program, Smithsonian Institution
202-633-4349; E-mail

Morning at the Museum is a project of the Smithsonian Institution's Accessibility Program and the Smithsonian Museums. Guided by a Community Advisory Committee, the Smithsonian has developed a series of pre-visit materials designed to help children with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities and their families enjoy a visit to the Smithsonian Museums. Click Here For More Information

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