Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Muppets (Sensory Film Screening)

When: Saturday, December 3rd
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: a local AMC theatre near you (see below for details)

I don't know about you all, but I grew up on The Muppets.  So I am really excited to see them back on the big screen.  But going to the movies with an autistic 5 year is not always a good time.  (And The Boy's not at all interested in The Muppets - I know, I've asked.  Several times.) We've been to 3 movies so far with The Boy.  And he's getting better.     

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. 

New YorkAMC 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) 

For a complete listing of theatres in the United States go to Autism or

All shows are at 10:00 am local time.
Dates and films are subject to change.

Can't make it to see The Muppets?  Save the dates for these in 2012 ~

January 7 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
February 25 - The Secret World of Arrietty
March 10 - Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
April 7 - Pirates! Band of Misfits

* has not been compensated in any way for this post

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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.