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Adaptive Needs Events Calendar 2024

Metro Detroit Adaptive Needs Events / Special Needs events calendar for children and young adults in Metro Detroit and Oakland County, Michigan. Events & Things to do for kids and adults with mental or physical impairments in SE Michigan.

 

To submit an event for consideration for this Metro Detroit Special Needs Events Calendar, please fill out this formI try to post special needs events for adults and children with special needs that are free or low-cost.

This Metro Detroit Special Needs Events Calendar is for informational purposes and the events are not necessarily endorsed by Oakland County Moms. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for venue changes, description changes, cancellations etc.

These events are just some of the programs offered by the various organizations featured here. Feel free to contact them to learn more about their special needs sports, leagues, and other fun events for adults and children with special needs.

Metro Detroit Adaptive Needs Events Calendar (All Events Subject To Change)

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (Also June 12, July 17, August 14…)
RARA Special Needs Events – RARA Movie Night Out
Emagine Theatre Rochester Hills (200 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills)
Hosted by RARA Recreation. Enjoy a movie with your friends at the theater one Friday a month. You will pay for your own ticket and concessions. Plans are based on the current theater schedule. You must pre-register so that enough assistance is provided and space reserved. Ages 14+. Fee is $6 for residents & non-residents. Register via RARARecreation.org.

Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 9:30a-2p (Also, )
Troy Adaptive Needs Events – Adaptive Field Trip / Detroit Outdoor Adventure
VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Field trips for children and adults with adaptive needs. Pre-register by 5/9. Pre-registration required. For more info, visit rec.troymi.gov.

Friday, May 17, 2024 at 6p (Also …)
Clarkston Adaptive Needs Events – TR Bingo Night
Clintonwood Park (6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkson, MI 48348)
This program is for persons ages 14+ with developmental disabilities, with or without physical limitations. A minimum of 4 participants are required to hold the program. Call 248-625-8223 to register. $10 includes refreshments & game prizes. Hosted by Independence Twp Parks & Recreation.

Saturday, May 18, 2024 (first Emagine Theatre Showing of the Day)
Metro Detroit Adaptive Needs Events – Emagine Theatres Sensory Friendly Movie Screening
Participating Metro Detroit Emagine Theatre Locations (Emagine Birch Run, Canton, Hartland, Macomb, Novi, Palladium, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saline, Woodhaven, Quality 10 Powered by Emagine, Birmingham 8)
This movie is open to friends, families, children and teens with sensory needs along with their supporters. Lights up a bit, sound down a bit. If your child needs to get up, move, dance, sing…. No problem. Guests are welcome to bring a safe snack for any food allergies or food avoidance/restrictions. First Showing of the Day. Check theaters for showtimes. Tickets are available at the box office, online at Emagine-Entertainment.comFEATURED MOVIE – If

Monday, May 20, 2024 from 5:30p-7p (Also… June 24)
Troy Adaptive Needs Events – Monday Mingle
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48083)
Enjoy a variety of activities including: music, karaoke, games, pizza, and refreshments. All ages are welcome, however those under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver. $12 Res, $15 Non-Res. Pre-registration required. For more info, visit rec.troymi.gov.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at from 6p-9p (Also… June 11)
Rochester / Auburn Hills Adaptive Needs Events – OUCARES After Hours Adult Social
Oakland University Oakland Center (Lake Michigan Room)
This is a support group for adults with the diagnosis of Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD/NOS. Come join us for pizza, conversation, cards, games, and fun! No registration required, come when you are able. Ages: 18+ yrs. No cost for this program. For more info, visit www.oakland.edu/oucares/

Monday, June 3, 2024 from 11a-1p (All Mondays through August 5)
West Bloomfield Adaptive Needs Events – Sensory Friendly Mondays at Lily Pad Spring Splash Pad
Lily Pad Springs (6200 Farmington Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322, 248-451-1900, wbparks.org)
Sensory Friendly Mondays beginning June 3 from 11a-1p will offer limited capacity visits where the Big Splash Bucket and other overhead spray features are limited. You can pre-register for tickets HERE.

Monday, June 3, 2024 from 5:15p-6:30p (Also July 8, August 5 ….)
Special Needs Events – RARA Diner’s Club
Select Rochester/Rochester Hills Area Restaurants
This opportunity is designed to support persons with special needs. Participants pay for their own meal, beverage, and tip. PRE-REGISTER EARLY as spots are very limited and so that we have enough assistance and space reserved in the restaurants. Exact restaurant choices will be announced at a later date. 14+ Years. $6 per participant. To register, visit www.rararecreation.org.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 from 9a-noon
Madison Heights Adaptive Needs Events – Adaptive Golf Clinic
Red Oaks Golf Course (29600 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071)
FREE adaptive golf clinic. No golf experience necessary. All abilities welcome. Pre-registration required. Questions? Email REC-IT@DNEMichigan.org or call 586-268-4160.

Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 11a (Also… )
Flint Adaptive Needs Events – Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Shows
Longway Planetarium (1310 E Kearsley St, Flint, Michigan 48503, 810-237-3400, sloanlongway.org)
Every 2nd Saturday, a new show at Longway Planetarium. During sensory-friendly shows, staff turn the lights up and turn the sound down to provide a safe, welcoming environment for friends with special needs. Purchase tickets here

Sunday, June 9, 2024 from 10a-noon (Also… )
Flint Adaptive Needs Events for Kids – Sensory Sunday at the Flint Children’s Museum
Flint Children’s Museum (1602 W University Avenue, Flint, MI 48504, 810-767-5437, flintchildrensmuseum.org)
Quality quiet family time at the Children’s Museum with a calm space, foam pit, bubble tubes, soft lighting and marble wall. Admission is $8. For more info, visit flintchildrensmuseum.org.

Sunday, June 9, 2024 from noon-4p
Farmington Hills Adaptive Needs Events – Free Carnival for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Sensory Sensitivities
Adat Shalom Synagogue (29901 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334)
Carnival rides and games, music, snacks and entertainment, alongside sensory-friendly, quiet spaces with activities to accommodate anyone with sensory needs. Free for those with developmental disabilities; $20/single, $50/family. For more info, or to reserve tickets… visit www.jarc.org/carnival

Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 6p-8p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Summer Sizzler
Independence Oaks County Park (9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, Michigan 48348, 248-625-0877)
Seasonal, social dances and events hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation. $10 per person / $5 per caregiver. Registration opens six weeks prior to each event date. Pre-registration required. Call 248-221-8040 for questions and to register.

Thursday, July 11, 2024 from 10a-2p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Adaptive 4-H Fair Day
Independence Oaks County Park (9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, Michigan 48348, 248-625-0877)
FREE admission to the 2024 Oakland County Fair hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation. Call 248-221-8040 for questions and to register.

Friday, July 12, 2024 from 7p-9p (Also Friday, August 9…)
Troy Special Needs Events – Friday Frolic Dance
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48083)
Dancing with DJ with a fun holiday theme and refreshments. $6 admission via punch card. The Friday Frolic Punch Card costs $36, is good for 6 admissions, and can only be used for Friday Frolic Dances. For more info, visit rec.troymi.gov.

Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 9a, 10a, or 11a
Waterford Adaptive Needs Events – Dreams & Wings
Oakland County International Airport (6500 Highland Road, Waterford, Michigan, USA, 48327, 248-666-3900)
For individuals ages 6-17 with disabilities. Each child with a disability receives a Dreams & Wings T-shirt, gold aviator wings, commemorative flight certificate and lifelong memories. There is no charge to attend. All costs are covered by philanthropic contributions. Registration is due by June 25. For more information, call or text 248-221-8040 or email Adaptive@oakgov.com. To register. Hosted by Oakland County and Oakland County International Airport.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 9a-3p / Also Thursday, September 12, 2024
Clarkston Adaptive Needs Events – Adaptive Kayaking Workshop
Independence Oaks (9501 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston, MI 48348, 248-625-0877, www.OaklandCountyParks.com)
During this free Adaptive Kayaking Workshop series, all equipment will be provided and no kayaking experience is necessary. All abilities are welcome. All workshops will be held from 9a-3p. A $10 donation per kayaker secures a one-hour spot. Pre-registration required. Questions? Email REC-IT@DNEMichigan.org or call 586-268-4160.

Tuesday, August 8, 2024 from 6p-8p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Slice of Summer
Oak Park Community Center (14300 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park, MI 48237)
Seasonal, social dances and events hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation. $10 per person / $5 per caregiver. Registration opens six weeks prior to each event date. Pre-registration required. Call 248-221-8040 for questions and to register.

Thursday, September 12, 2024 from 9a-3p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Adaptive Kayaking Workshop
Independence Oaks (9501 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston, MI 48348, 248-625-0877, www.OaklandCountyParks.com)
During this free Adaptive Kayaking Workshop series, all equipment will be provided and no kayaking experience is necessary. All abilities are welcome. All workshops will be held from 9a-3p. A $10 donation per kayaker secures a one-hour spot. Pre-registration required. Questions? Email REC-IT@DNEMichigan.org or call 586-268-4160.

Saturday, September 21, 2024 from 11a-3p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Disability Dirt Day at Holly Oaks ORV
Holly Oaks ORV Park (13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442, 248-653-0710)
Individuals with disabilities are invited to experience off-roading at Holly Oaks ORV Park with rides provided by volunteers. This is a FREE event. Rides are provided for the participant, who must be at least 10 years old, and one guest. To register, scan the QR code on this page. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

Sunday, October 20, 2024 from 11a-3p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Disability Dirt Day at Holly Oaks ORV
Holly Oaks ORV Park (13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442, 248-653-0710)
Individuals with disabilities are invited to experience off-roading at Holly Oaks ORV Park with rides provided by volunteers. This is a FREE event. Rides are provided for the participant, who must be at least 10 years old, and one guest. To register, scan the QR code on this page. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

Thursday, October 24, 2024 from 6p-8p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Halloween Happiness
Southfield Civic Center (26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48076)
Seasonal, social dances and events hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation. $10 per person / $5 per caregiver. Registration opens six weeks prior to each event date. Pre-registration required. Call 248-221-8040 for questions and to register.

Thursday, November 14, 2024 from 6p-8p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Hoedown
Novi Civic Center (45175 West 10 Mile , Novi, MI 48375)
Seasonal, social dances and events hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation. $10 per person / $5 per caregiver. Registration opens six weeks prior to each event date. Pre-registration required. Call 248-221-8040 for questions and to register.

Tuesday, December 4, 2024 from 6p-8p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Jingle Bell Ball
Waterford Oaks Activity Center (2800 Watkins Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328)
Seasonal, social dances and events hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation. $12 per person / $6 per caregiver. Registration opens six weeks prior to each event date. Pre-registration required. Call 248-221-8040 for questions and to register.

Friday, January 10, 2025 from 6p-8p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – New Year’s Celebration
Royal Oak Community Center (3500 Marais, Royal Oak, MI 48073)
Seasonal, social dances and events hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation. $12 per person / $6 per caregiver. Registration opens six weeks prior to each event date. Pre-registration required. Call 248-221-8040 for questions and to register.

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Wednesdays, through May 29, 2024 from 7p-7:50p
Troy Adaptive Needs Events – NoteABLE: Rhythm Kids
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48083)
Troy Recreation is working with NoteABLE Youth—a Troy nonprofit dedicated to providing inclusive and adaptive musical experiences to youth of all abilities. With nationally renowned Music Together curriculum, experience music development by drumming, singing, dancing, playing rhythm instruments, and participating in music-based games. For ages 8–12. $110 resident / $112 non-resident. For more info, email adaptive@troymi.gov.

Friday, May 10, 2024 at 6p
Clarkston Adaptive Needs Event – TR Prom
Bay Court Park (6970 Andersonville Road, Clarkson, Michigan 48346, 248-625-8223, www.indtwp.com)
Invite your friends for this can’t miss night of music, fun and dancing. Cost is $15 per person and caregivers are FREE. “Fancy attire is optional”. $15. To register, visit itpr.org. Hosted by Independence Twp Parks & Recreation.

Saturday, May 4, 2024 (first Emagine Theatre Showing of the Day)
Metro Detroit Adaptive Needs Events – Emagine Theatres Sensory Friendly Movie Screening
Participating Metro Detroit Emagine Theatre Locations (Emagine Birch Run, Canton, Hartland, Macomb, Novi, Palladium, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saline, Woodhaven, Quality 10 Powered by Emagine, Birmingham 8)
This movie is open to friends, families, children and teens with sensory needs along with their supporters. Lights up a bit, sound down a bit. If your child needs to get up, move, dance, sing…. No problem. Guests are welcome to bring a safe snack for any food allergies or food avoidance/restrictions. First Showing of the Day. Check theaters for showtimes. Tickets are available at the box office, online at Emagine-Entertainment.comFEATURED MOVIE – The Fall Guy

Friday, May 3, 2024 at 6p (Also….)
Clarkston Adaptive Needs Events – TR Pizza and Movie Night
Clintonwood Park (6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkson, MI 48348)
Enjoy and evening with your friends for a favorite movie and some delicious pizza. This program is for persons, ages 14+, with cognitive disabilities, with or without physical impairments. Call 248-625-8223 to register. $10. Hosted by Independence Twp Parks & Recreation.

Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 10a
Special Needs Events – AMC Sensory Friendly Films
AMC Forum 30 – 44681 Mound Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48314
AMC Livonia 20 – 19500 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, Michigan, 734-542-3191
AMC Star Gratiot – 35705 South Gratiot Ave, Clinton Twp, Michigan 48035
Sensory film showings feature lowered sound and dim lighting. Patrons can bring their own gluten-free or casein-free snacks and the kids can “dance, walk, shout or sing” or move about the aisles. No previews or advertisements will be shown before the movies. The movies are geared toward children ages 5 & up. Dates and films are subject to change. Movie Listings / More Info

Friday, April 26 from 5:30p-7:30p (Also …)
Rochester Adaptive Needs Events – Movie/Pizza Night
RARA Recreation (500 E Second Street, Rochester, Michigan 48307)
Hosted by RARA Recreation. Enjoy a movie and a pizza snack with friends one Friday a month. This opportunity is designed to support persons with special needs. Supervised event. Ages 14+. Fee is $17 for residents and $20 non-residents. Register via RARARecreation.org.

Tuesdays April 16, 2024 through May 21 from 5:30p-6:30p
Buddy Soccer League
Sashabaw Plains Park (5620 Maybee Rd, Clarkston, MI 48348)
6 week soccer league for boys and girls ages 7-14 with cognitive disabilities with or without physical impairments. Each player will be paired with a buddy, ages 10-17, to assist as needed. Minimum of 10 players/buddies. Hosted by www.itpr.org. MORE INFO

Saturday, April 20, 2024 (first Emagine Theatre Showing of the Day)
Metro Detroit Adaptive Needs Events – Emagine Theatres Sensory Friendly Movie Screening
Participating Metro Detroit Emagine Theatre Locations (Emagine Birch Run, Canton, Hartland, Macomb, Novi, Palladium, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saline, Woodhaven, Quality 10 Powered by Emagine, Birmingham 8)
This movie is open to friends, families, children and teens with sensory needs along with their supporters. Lights up a bit, sound down a bit. If your child needs to get up, move, dance, sing…. No problem. Guests are welcome to bring a safe snack for any food allergies or food avoidance/restrictions. First Showing of the Day. Check theaters for showtimes. Tickets are available at the box office, online at Emagine-Entertainment.comFEATURED MOVIE – Spy X Family Code: White

Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 9a-10a
Auburn Hills Adaptive Needs Events – Sensory Friendly & Inclusive Mornings at LEGOLAND
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan (Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, 248-409-6009, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan)
Reduced lighting and the music will be turned off. Sensory sensitive and special needs adults are welcome to visit during Sensory Friendly & Inclusive Mornings, too. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online in advance for this special event. Purchase tickets to Sensory Friendly by clicking this link and then scrolling to Sensory Friendly under “Attractions”.

Saturday, March 23, 2024 from noon-3p
Rochester Adaptive Needs Events – OUCares Family Fun Day
Oakland University (569 Pioneer Dr, Rochester, MI 48309)
Enjoy a day of fun for families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders. All ages are welcome to attend. There is no cost and no registration is needed. Activities include – information fair, art projects, bouncy inflatables, and more. Hosted by OUCares. MORE INFO

Friday February 9, 2024 from 6p-8p ()
Rochester MI Adaptive Needs Events – RARA Recreation Themed Dance
RARA Recreation (500 E Second Street, Rochester, Michigan 48307)
Hosted by RARA Recreation. This dance is designed for persons who have special needs. Music and dancing with a fun theme. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $20 for residents & $24 non-residents. Register via RARARecreation.org. Each dance has a holiday theme (St Patrick’s Day / Cinco De Mayo etc)

Mondays, January 22 through March 4, 2024 (Mondays at 7:15p)
Adaptive Needs Sports Leagues in Clarkston – Independence Twp Parks Buddy Basketball League
Everest Academy Gym (5935 Clarkston Rd)
7 week (6 games) basketball league for boys and girls ages 7-13 with cognitive disabilities with or without physical impairments. Each player will be paired with a buddy, ages 10-17, to assist as needed. Minimum of 10 players/buddies. Hosted by www.itpr.org.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 1p-4p
Rochester Adaptive Needs Events – OUCARES Holiday Party
Oakland Center at Oakland University
Ages 15+. This party is for Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 15 and up. Join us for DJ, dancing, games, pizza, a photo booth and more! Come to have a great time and meet friends. This program is to encourage independence. A parent or caregiver is permitted to register only if the participant requires 1:1 support. There is a $15 registration fee for any parent or caregiver attending. To register, visit www.oakland.edu/oucares.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 9a-10a
LEGOLAND Great Lakes Crossing Events – Sensory Friendly & Inclusive Mornings at LEGOLAND
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan (Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, 248-409-6009, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan)
Reduced lighting and the music will be turned off. Sensory sensitive and special needs adults are welcome to visit during Sensory Friendly & Inclusive Mornings, too. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online in advance for this special event. Purchase tickets to Sensory Friendly by clicking this link and then scrolling to Sensory Friendly under “Attractions”.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 9a-10a
Sea Life Great Lakes Crossing Events – Sensory Friendly & Inclusive Mornings at Sea Life Michigan
Sea Life Michigan (4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, 248-409-6009)
Reduced lighting and the music will be turned off. Sensory sensitive and special needs adults are welcome to visit during Sensory Friendly & Inclusive Mornings, too. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online in advance for this special event. Purchase tickets here and then search for Sensory Friendly under the “What’s Inside” Tab.

A portion of the special needs events listed on this page are from the Parent Advisory Committee via Rochester Community Schools calendar , OUCARES, Destination Oakland, Far Conservatory, RARA, Independence Twp Parks & Rec, AMC Theaters, and more.

More info on the Metro Detroit Adaptive Needs Events Calendar in our Health / Special Needs section

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