I don't know about your kid(s), but The Boy has been anxiously awaiting Cars 2. We rarely go to the movies as a family, we've gone twice, actually. This Saturday, July 2nd at 10:00 am, we're taking The Boy to see the sensory friendly film screening of Cars 2 at a participating AMC theatre. If you haven't ventured to a movie, the sensory friendly film screenings are the perfect introduction. It's also a great way to network and meet other parents.
The Sensory Friendly Film Screening initiative began in 2008, when AMC Entertainment partnered with the Autism Society of America to allow families living with autism and other disabilities to experience the pleasure of the movies – with a few tweaks. Many children on the autism spectrum have sensitivities to light and sound, are on special diets and have extreme difficulty waiting and sitting still. During the Sensory Friendly Film screening, the lights are not completely dimmed, the sound is turned down, families are permitted to bring in their own gluten free and casein free snacks, no previews or advertisements will be shown and most importantly AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy does not apply. Your kids can move around, talk and laugh out loud; No one will stare or tell your kid to be quiet!
*Ticket prices may vary. All dates and times are subject to change
Below is a listing of participating AMC theatres in New York. Please go to Autism Society.org or amctheatres.com/SFF to see the complete listing of theatres in the United States.
AMC Maple Ridge 8 (4276 Maple Rd Amherst, N.Y. 14226)
AMC Bay Plaza 13 (2210 Bartow Ave., Bronx, N.Y. 10475)
AMC 84th Street 6 (2310 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10024)
AMC Loews Stony Brook 17 (2196 Nesconset Highway Stony Brook, N.Y. 11790)
AMC Vestal Towne Square 9 (2425 Vestal Parkway, Vestal, N.Y. 13850)
AMC Webster 12 (2190 Empire, Webster, N.Y. 14580)
AMC Palisades Center 21 (4403 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, N.Y. 10994)
AMC Galleria Metroplex 16 (1 Galleria Drive, Middletown, NY, 10940)
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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.