Sensory-Friendly Activities for 2024

"Sensory-Friendly" means creating an environment or experience that is considerate of individuals who may be sensitive to sensory stimuli, such as bright lights, loud sounds, or strong smells, to make it a more comfortable and accessible for them.

Sidekick has complied a list of sensory-friendly events in and around the Knoxville area.

Muse Knoxville

516 N. Beaman St, Knoxville, TN 37914

"Our Sensory Nights offer a unique opportunity for children and their families to engage with hands-on exhibits, explore our Make Space, and enjoy quality family time in an environment specifically tailored to accommodate their sensory needs. By eliminating the usual crowds, minimizing noise, and reducing bright lights, we aim to create a safe and accessible space for everyone to enjoy."

Mark your calendars for 4:30pm to 6:30pm:

– January 4, 2024

– March 7, 2024

– May 2, 2024

– July 4, 2024

– September 5, 2024

– November 7, 2024

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

"Join us for a quieter experience on Sensory Friendly Nights at the aquarium. Families receive $3.00 off admission – just mention “Sensory Nights” at our admission windows to receive discount."

Upcoming dates from 5:00pm to 8:00pm:

February 28, 2024

March 27, 2024

April 24, 2024

May 29, 2024

Autism Society of East Tennessee

PO Box 18494, Knoxville, TN 37928

"This group is dedicated to building a community that empowers those affected by Autism through education, social, and supportive services. Our goal is to engage, strengthen, and ease transition for those along this lifelong journey."

Upcoming events:

– February 3, 2024

Kids and Teens Neurodiversity Group

– February 4, 2024

Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuckie Cheese in Johnson City

– February 8, 2024

Roxstars (Dance Class and Support Group)

Kara Amin, M.S., CCC-SLP