An outing with a young child can be a challenge for any parent. And that challenge can be even more daunting for families that have a child with a developmental delay or disability. Fortunately, the number of destinations in the Puget Sound region that accommodate children of all abilities is growing every year. We have compiled a modest list of local activities and destinations that are definitely worth checking out.
Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109
Exploration For All: Autism Early Open, Presented By Safeco Insurance
"On the second Saturday of each month, through December 2016, all families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to explore Pacific Science Center during a special free morning visit from 8-10 a.m. – before we open to the public. Experience our exhibits without heavy crowds when we have softened general lighting and decreased the noise level and visual stimulation on interactive exhibits wherever possible."
Meadow Crest Playground
3000 NE 16th Street, Renton, WA
"Meadow Crest Playground is a wonderful place for kids, families and their caretakers. Known as an inclusive playground, this vibrant and colorful outdoor space features fun and challenges for people of all ages and abilities. Spin on the open frisbee, swing in the saucer, and climb the caterpillar, then bang on the oversize drums and chimes to your heart’s content. Challenge yourself and your friends, or rest in the shade of the shelter or on the grassy mound. This is Renton’s, and the Pacific Northwest’s greatest playground!"
Seattle Children's Museum
305 Harrison Street Seattle, WA 98109
"We are proud to open our doors early on several Saturdays throughout the year with our lights dimmed and minimal sounds. In our partnership with the University of Washington’s Autism Center, we have adjusted the Museum’s setting to be friendly to those who benefit from a quieter environment."
Puget Sound Region
Movie Showings for Guests & Families Living with Autism or Other Special Needs.
"AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!"
The Hands On Children’s Museum
414 Jefferson St. NE., Olympia, WA 98501
The Hands On Children’s Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups. The Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Seattle Children's Playgarden
1745 24th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98114
The Playgarden's mission is to provide children of all abilities a safe, accessible and adventurous place to play.
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