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2019SFGuideCoverIntroducing AuSM’s Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota, a reference tool and planning guide for families and individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities. Learn why sensory-friendly events and activities are important, find recommendations for creating sensory-friendly events and activities, read personal stories, and check out the calendar guide of sensory-friendly community events and activities to unite our community.

Click here to access the electronic version of the guide.

AuSM currently is accepting event and activity listings for the second edition. If you know of a business or organization that offers sensory-friendly events or activities, please encourage them to complete the 2020 listing form. Click here to access the online listing form. Listing submissions for the 2020 guide are due Nov. 25, 2019. A paper form can be accessed here. Advertising space, which includes enhanced listings, also is available. The second edition of AuSM's Guide to Sensory-Friendly Minnesota will be available in January 2020.

In collaboration with community partners, AuSM is pleased to offer opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Events and activities submitted by community partners are subject to change. AuSM encourages you to visit the websites provided at least one month prior to attending an event or activity as many require advance registration and some have limited capacity. An event or activity may be postponed or canceled without notice. AuSM does not endorse events and activities included in these listings. We look forward to seeing you out and about in our great community! 


NOVEMBER 2019

Autism Friendly Early Entry
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Nov. 13 from 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings/#/general

Sensory-Friendly Storytime
Wild Rumpus
Nov. 14 from 9:30-10 a.m. 
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
www.wildrumpusbooks.com/sensoryfriendlystorytime

Third-Friday Dances
St. Louis Park Recreation Center
Reach For Resources
Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Park
Cost: $5-$7
www.reachforresources.org

Sensory-Friendly Sunday
Science Museum of Minnesota
Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. 
Location: St. Paul
Cost: $8.95-$24.95
www.smm.org/sensorysunday

Sensory-Friendly Day
Duluth Children’s Museum
Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Location: Duluth
Cost: $5
www.playduluth.org

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Eden Prairie
Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m. 
Location: Eden Prairie
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/eden-prairie-mn/other-ways-to-play/special-events/

AuSM Monthly Birthday Celebration and Game Night
Nov. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Location: AuSM in St. Paul
Cost: $3; Free if it's your birthday month!
Click here for more information.

Guthrie Theater
Relaxed Performance: Steel Magnolias
Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: $15-$29
https://www.guthrietheater.org/relaxed

Sensory-Friendly Sundays
Three Rivers Parks District: Lowry Nature Center
Nov. 24 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Victoria, Minn.
Cost: FREE
https://www.threeriversparks.org/index.php/location/lowry-nature-center

Sensory-Friendly Sundays
Three Rivers Parks District: French Visitor Center
Nov. 24 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Plymouth
Cost: FREE
https://www.threeriversparks.org/index.php/location/french-visitor-center


 

DECEMBER 2019

Caring Santa
Southdale Center
Dec. 1 from 9-11 a.m.
Location: Edina
Cost: FREE
https://www.simon.com/mall/southdale-center/stores/santa-photo-experience/stream/caring-santa-6150178

Sensory-Friendly Jump
Urban Air Adventure Park
Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Coon Rapids
Cost: $13.99
https://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/activities/sensory-friendly-jump

Sensory-Friendly Tuesdays
Cheap Skate
Dec. 3; 6-9 p.m. 
Location: Coon Rapids
Cost: $4+
www.cheapskatecr.com

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Snow White
Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/snow-white

Parents’ Night Out
Trinity Church/Special Journeys

Dec. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Location: Lakeville
Cost: FREE, RSVP Required
Facebook.com/TrinityChurchMNSpecialJourneys

Sensitive Santa
Northtown Mall
Dec. 8 from 9-11 a.m. 
Location: Blaine
Cost: FREE
https://northtown-mall.com/events-news/event/visit-santa

Santa Cares
Burnsville Center
Dec. 8 from 9-11 a.m. 
Location: Burnsville
Cost: FREE
http://www.burnsvillecenter.com/event/blt92d0b9c1fe9b91f4

Sensitive Santa
Maplewood Mall
Dec. 8 from 9-11 a.m. 
Location: Maplewood
Cost: FREE
https://maplewoodmall.com/events-news/event/sensitive-santa

Sensory Friendly Sundays
The Bakken Museum
Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE-$10
https://thebakken.org/accessibility/

Autism Friendly Early Entry
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Dec. 8 from 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings/#/general

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Plymouth
Dec. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Plymouth
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/plymouth-mn/calendar/20181112/3204126/

Autism Friendly Early Entry
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Dec. 11 from 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE
http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings/#/general

Sensory-Friendly Storytime
Wild Rumpus
Dec. 12 from 9:30-10 a.m. 
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
www.wildrumpusbooks.com/sensoryfriendlystorytime

Sensory-Friendly Second Saturdays
TPT, Twin Cities PBS
Dec. 14; see website for time
Location: St. Paul
Cost: FREE www.tpt.org/sensory

Sensory-Friendly Sunday
Science Museum of Minnesota
Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. 
Location: St. Paul
Cost: $8.95-$24.95
www.smm.org/sensorysunday

Sensory-Friendly Day
Duluth Children’s Museum
Dec. 15 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Location: Duluth
Cost: $5
www.playduluth.org

Sensory Jump Night
Pump It Up Eden Prairie
Dec. 17 from 6-8 p.m. 
Location: Eden Prairie
Cost: $7
www.pumpitupparty.com/eden-prairie-mn/other-ways-to-play/special-events/

AuSM Monthly Birthday Celebration and Game Night
Dec. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Location: AuSM in St. Paul
Cost: $3; Free if it's your birthday month!
Click here for more information.

Third-Friday Dances
St. Louis Park Recreation Center
Reach For Resources
Dec. 20 from 7-9 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Park
Cost: $5-$7
www.reachforresources.org
January 2020

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Cinderella
Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/cinderella
February 2020

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Three Little Birds
Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/bob-marley-s-three-little-birds


March 2020

Guthrie Theater
Relaxed Performance of the Twelfth Night
March 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: $16 - available to student groups only
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

April 2020

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Spamtown, USA
April 3 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/spamtown-usa


 

May 2020


June 2020

Children's Theatre Company
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Annie
June 12 at 7 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: Visit website.
https://www.childrenstheatre.org/plays/2019-2020-season/annie


RECURRING

Navigating MSP
MSP Airport
Monthly at 1 p.m. 
Location: Bloomington
www.mspairport.com/airport/accessibility/navigating-msp-program

Sensory-Friendly Early Open
Galaxie Library, Dakota County
See website for dates; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Apple Valley
Cost: FREE
www.www.co.dakota.mn.us/libraries/Programs/Everyone/Pages/sensory-friendly-early-open.aspx

MNZoo4All - A Sensory Guide
Minnesota Zoo
Year Round
Location: Apple Valley
Cost: FREE
www.mnzoo.org/mnzoo4all

Drop-In Paint Time
Simply ArtAble
Year Round; Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Location: Minneapolis
Cost: $5+
www.simplyjanestudio.com

Sensory Friendly
P3 Planet 3 Extreme Trampoline Park
Quarterly at 11 a.m. 
Location: Duluth
Cost: $11+
www.planet3duluth.com


 

LESSONS

Swimming Lessons
Foss Swim School
Year Round; Times Vary 
Location: Eden Prairie
Cost: $21 per class; 4 classes per month
www.fossswimschool.com

Horseback Riding Lessons
St. Croix Trailblazers
Year Round; Times Vary
Location: Stillwater
Cost: $21 per class; 4 classes per month
www.stcroixtrailblazers.org

Adaptive Gymnastics, Dance, Karate
Mini Hops Gymnastics
Year Round|Various Times, 1:1 adaptive gymnastics 
Location: Plymouth
Cost: Varies
www.Mini-Hops.com/Programming/Adaptive

Adaptive Gymnastics
Mini Hops Gymnastics
Year Round; Various Times, independent, ages 6+ 
Location: Plymouth
Cost: Varies
www.Mini-Hops.com/Programming/Adaptive

Adult Fitness
Mini Hops Gymnastics
Year Round; Various Times no limits 
Location: Plymouth
Cost: Varies
www.Mini-Hops.com/Programming/Adaptive