Broadway Shows, Theater, Musicals for Special Needs Kids

The special needs community can go and enjoy theater shows and musical performances where there is no judgement. These shows are sensory friendly, Autism friendly and special needs accessible. Typically, the lights will be on, the sound will be lowered, and kids can move about. These theaters offer some or all accommodations: wheelchair seating, listening devices, large print program, and sign language interpretation. Please visit the theaters’ accessibility webpage. Go take your child to see one of these shows throughout the New Jersey and New York City areas.  Click here for more information on Special Needs

Kean Stage

Offering sensory friendly shows for those with Autism and other special needs disabilities. 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ, 908.737.7469.

Alice in Wonderland: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11AM
Sensory friendly performance for all audiences. Set to Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Full of adventures, setting takes place in a library full of pop-up books.

Charlotte's Web: Sunday, May 3, 2020, 3PM
Sensory friendly performance for all audiences. Based on classic tale by E.B. White, tells of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur, his barnyard friends and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Come early for fun lobby activities.

Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium

Special astronomy and music shows designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities. Judgment free space, door remains open, lights dimmed, and audio lowered.

The Sky Above: Saturday, November 2, 2019, Dec 7, 2019 at 5PM. Featuring music, laser lights, stories, and info about the planets, the Moon and constellations. 118 Lamington Road Branchburg, NJ, 908.231.8805.

Bergen Performing Arts Center

Sensory shows are offered throughout the year. Check our website for any upcoming events. 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ, 201.227.1030.

Mayo Performing Arts Center

Offers sensory friendly relaxed performances with dimmed lights, lowered sound, and freedom to talk and walk about. Check our website for upcoming shows. 100 South St, Morristown, NJ, 973.539.8008.

Broadway Shows - New York City

Accessibility to popular Broadway shows. Autism friendly performances for children and adults with Autism, other sensitivity issues, and their families. Dimmed lights, sounds are lowered; audience may leave seats, break areas, Autism specialists on hand. 212.912.9770.

Frozen: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 1PM
Wicked: Sunday, February 2, 2020, 1PM
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 1: Sunday, March 1, 2020, 1PM
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 2: Sunday, March 1, 2020, 6:30PM
Aladdin: Sunday, May 3, 2020, 1PM

Lincoln Center Kids

These relaxed performances are adapted for neurodiverse audiences, including young people with autism and other disabilities. No restrictions around noise or movement. Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th Street, New York, NY.

Music From the Sole
: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 11AM
Special holiday performance focus on the theme of togetherness and the joy of sharing music and dance. Featuring tap, funk, house, jazz, and Afro-Cuban music.

OGO: Sunday, December 15, 2019, 11AM
From Théâtre des Petites Âmes, travel and explore unknown worlds. Featuring live music and puppetry.

Songs from Open Windows: Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 11AM & 2PM; Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 @ 11AM & 2PM
Featuring the family music of Dan + Claudia Zanes with Yuriana Sobrino, singing a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs.

Mumu Fresh - An Acoustic Experience: Saturday, February 22, 2020, 11AM
Listen to Maimouna Youssef as she blends gospel, jazz, soul, and hip-hop for an awe-inspiring musical experience.

One Morning I Left: Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11AM
Go on a girl's imaginative trip through nature; live music, sound effects, and songs. Children can feel and discover colors, sounds, landscapes and animals.

Paper Mill Playhouse

For Autism friendly performances, rules are relaxed to accommodate individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. House lights are dimmed, sound lowered, kids can talk and leave seats, chill-out zone, meet your seat Open Houses before actual show date, on-site support teams. 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ, 973.376.4343.

Dog Man The Musical: Sunday, December 8, 2019, 10AM, Ages 6+
Autism friendly musical based on Dog Man, a crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!! Production from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants. Participate in Meet Your Seat Open House Fri, Dec 6, 2019, 3PM-5PM.

Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella: Thursday, December 26, 2019, 1:30PM, Ages 4+
Autism Friendly Performance featuring Tony-nominated Broadway adaptation of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a fairy-tale romance, magical onstage transformations, and the iconic pumpkin and glass slippers. Participate in Meet Your Seat Open House Fri, Dec 20, 2019, 3PM-5PM.

Charlotte's Web: Sunday, June 14, 2020, 10AM
Autism friendly performance based on E.B. White’s story of friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Participate in Meet Your Seat Open House Fri, June 12, 2020, 3PM-5PM.

State Theatre New Jersey

Sensory-friendly performances allow families with children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities to enjoy live entertainment. Lighting and sound reduced, judgment free, break area with fidget toys, and volunteers to assist. 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, 732.246.7469.

Bilingual Birdies: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 12PM
Dance and sing along to the festive sounds of Latin America. Move to the rhythms of cumbia, salsa, tango, and samba.

City Stomp: Saturday, December 7, 2019, 12PM
Fun original songs that celebrate Latin American, Caribbean, African, Irish, Jewish, and other world cultures.

Mr. Pennygaff’s Cirkus Sideshow Spectacular: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12PM
Juggling, feats of daring, tricks, comedy, sideshow stunts, and audience interaction.

Mr. Ray: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 12PM
Performing family-friendly songs with a rock-and-roll beat.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra BRAVO Percussion Ensemble: Saturady, March 7, 2020, 12PM
Fun, interactive, and educational program with a wide range of instruments.

Charlotte Blake Alston: Saturday, April 25, 2020, 12PM
Come ready to clap, sing, and play a part in telling of African and African American tales.

Joanie Leeds: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 12PM
Top kindie rocker singing high-energy interactive kids' rock.

The New Victory Theater

Lighting and sound adapted to accommodate sensory sensitivities. Autism specialists available for assistance. 209 W 42nd Street, New York, NY, 646.223.3010.

The Pout Pout Fish: Sunday October 13, 2019, 3PM
Musical adventure about Pout Pout and the pearl being swept out to sea.

42 FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7PM
Circus acts with acrobats, strong man, flying artists, and more.

Riddle of the Trilobites: Sunday, February 9, 2020, 12PM
Musical and puppetry set 500 million years ago where one sea and trilobites rule the ocean floor.

Snow White
: Sunday, April 26, 2020, 5PM
Snow White escapes her stepmother with help from a family of feisty woods dwelling and banjo strumming vegans.

Union County Performing Arts Center

Sensory friendly events are 60 minutes, lights are on, sound volume is constant and lowered, children can talk, private area to relax, fidget and stress sensory toys, and Autism specialists on hand to help. 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ, 732.499.8226.

Max And Ruby's Musical Playdate: Sunday, November 10, 2019, 1PM & 2:30PM
Lots of laughs as we celebrate the sibling relationship of Ruby and Max. Based on popular books and TV series on Nick Jr. Admission includes a character parade in the theater.

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