Fall is a great time of year to get out of the house and do fun things around town. If you have a child with special needs, enjoying those activities may be a little more difficult. We’ve compiled a list of ideas for you to enjoy with your family.

The Arts

Center for Puppetry Arts – The Center for Puppetry Arts has modified regular programming to allow guests with autism spectrum disorder to experience sensory-friendly Family Series performances, Film series, and Create-A-Puppet Workshops™. The next sensory-friendly performance is The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollow on Sunday, October 30. http://puppet.org/programs/asd/

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RMS Drama Aladdin, Jr. Free Special Needs Community Show – A very special free preview show of Aladdin, Jr. will be held for the special needs community on Tuesday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m. by Riverwatch Middle School Musical Theater. Adults and children with special needs and their families are invited to take a magical journey with this sneak peek performance. This show will be held at Lambert High School (805 Nichols Road, Suwanee, GA). Reservations for this sensory-sensitive show only can be made by calling 678-414-1031. www.facebook.com/RMSDramaSpecialNeedsShow

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The Children’s Museum of Atlanta – On the first Saturday of each month, the Museum opens early so that children with autism spectrum disorder and their families may enjoy all the Museum has to offer at their own pace. The Museum’s social guide, My Visit to The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, takes you and your children step by step through a Museum visit, our learning zones, and program opportunities. Binders are also available at the front desk as well as in each learning zone.

Target Free Second Tuesday is a special opportunity for the community to bring their children to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and experience the Museum for free, between the hours 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free admission is made possible through the generous support of Target. Fulton County residents are invited to buy one admission ticket and receive one additional general admission ticket for free on the opening day of each feature exhibit.  Tickets are available for walk-in visitors only and are subject to availability. http://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/plan-your-visit/accessibility/

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AMC and Studio Movie Grill offer special needs screenings of movies at special times. Check out their websites for more information.

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Outdoors

There are several accessible playgrounds in Georgia. Here’s a list for you to explore. http://www.accessibleplayground.net/united-states/georgia/

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Go for a walk on the paved trails of the Beltline, Silver Comet, or the Roswell and Alpharetta Greenways. Here’s a list of more paved trails in Georgia – http://www.atlantatrails.com/tag/paved-trails-georgia/

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And, then, there’s ESNG’s Trick or Treat Trot 5K and Family Festival. On Saturday, October 29, children and families can run, celebrate and play at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Children with and without disabilities can trick or treat in a safe environment and truly enjoy the season fearlessly. www.trickortreattrot.com

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What are your favorite places to go with your family in Georgia? Let us know!

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