As parents of “typical” children, we often take many things for granted – taking family vacations, going to the supermarket or going to the park, to name a few. Neither of my children have sensory issues, but I have friends whose kids do, and the simplest things are often a struggle. One activity that has often been cited as an issue for families is something as simple as going to the movies – the environment with a movie that seems larger than life, loud volume, so many people – there are so many things about it that can put anyone into sensory overload, but for someone with sensory issues, this is a seriously bad situation.
I am so happy to be able to post about AMC Movie Theater’s new program Sensory Friendly Films. In partnership with the Autism Society, this program gives families with special needs kids the ability to see their favorite movies in a safe and accepting environment. During showtimes, the theaters will have their lights up, sound down and anyone in the audience can get up and dance, walk, shout or sing to their heart’s content!
We hope that many Long Island families will take advantage of this program and that it will be around for years to come. It thrills me to think of all of the families that will be able to see a movie together, especially those who will be doing so for the very first time!
Local AMC theaters participating in Sensory Friendly Films are AMC Loews Shore 8 in Huntington and AMC Loews Stony Brook 17 in Stony Brook. If you are not local to Long Island, you can view the whole list of participating theaters here.
AMC Theaters has their Sensory Friendly Films schedule updated through December 2015(see below). Although schedule is subject to change, all shows are at 10am local time. For more details about this amazing program, visit AMC Theaters website.
2015 Sensory Friendly Films at AMC Theaters
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – HOME
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – UNDERDOGS
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – TOMORROWLAND
Saturday, June 27, 2015 – INSIDE OUT
Saturday, July 18, 2015 – MINIONS
Saturday, Aug, 2015 – TBD
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 – HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 – THE JUNGLE BOOK
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 – THE PEANUTS MOVIE
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 – THE GOOD DINOSAUR