Special Needs Events Calendar

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Metro Detroit Special Needs Events Calendar – Adaptive needs events calendar for Metro Detroit and Oakland County, Michigan. Events, activities, things to do for individuals with special needs.

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 when special needs.

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.

We also recognize the importance of face to face, in-person interaction and salute the efforts being made to re-introduce special needs children and young adults to the socialization of in-person programming.

Metro Detroit Special Needs Events Calendar

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April 16, 2022 through June 11, 2022 (No session on 5/28) (SATURDAYS) from 10a-noon
Special Needs Events – OUCARES Autism Spectrum Bowling League – Oakland County
Classic Lanes (2145 Avon Industrial Dr, Rochester Hills, MI 48309)
Our friends at Classic Lanes in Rochester Hills have teamed up with OUCARES (Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support) to form a bowling league for individuals ages 16-plus on the autism spectrum. This opportunity will allow ASD students (over 16) and adults to enhance physical activity in a social, community setting. No bowling experience is necessary to participate. The cost of the bowling league is $75. Click here for registration info.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 7p
Special Needs Events – AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showing
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
AMC Birchwood – 4350 24th Ave, Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
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 and showings begin at 10a on Saturdays. Wednesday evening movie showings may be geared to an older audience and begin at 7p. Dates and films are subject to change. Movie Listings / More Info

Saturday, May 28 at 8:30a
Special Needs Events – Sensory Friendly Dino Stroll at Canterbury Village
Canterbury Village (2359 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, Michigan 48360, 248-391-5700, canterburyvillage.com)
This session will be an experience in a sensory modified setting with sound and motion adjustments designed to be less stimulating and overwhelming for those that have sensory sensitivities. Tickets are $24.99. Tickets are on sale now at www.DinoAndDragonStroll.com.

Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 10a
Special Needs Events – AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showing
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
AMC Birchwood – 4350 24th Ave, Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
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 and showings begin at 10a on Saturdays. Wednesday evening movie showings may be geared to an older audience and begin at 7p. Dates and films are subject to change. Movie Listings / More Info

Monday, June 6, 2022 from 5:15-6:30p (Also July 11, August 1)
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 7, 2022 at from 6p-9p (Also ??)
Special 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/

Friday, June 10, 2022 from 7p-9p (ALSO  )
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, June 11, 2022 from 10a-1p
Troy Adaptive Needs Events – Hockey Mentors for Special Olympians
Troy Sports Center (1819 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48083)
Hockey Mentors is hosting a free afternoon of ice skating and hockey for individuals of any age, with any type of special needs. Family/friends and caregivers welcomed. Learn to ice skate, watch exhibition games and play hockey. FREE event, includes skate rental, lunch and t-shirt/hockey jersey. Advanced registration needed. Have questions? Email Wyatt Lucas hockeymentors@gmail.com or text 248-686-6740.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 from 11a-3p
Oakland County Parks Special Needs Events – Disability Dirt Day
Holly Oaks ORV Park (13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442, 248-653-0710, hollyoaksorvpark@oakgov.com)
Disability Dirt Days is a series of off-roading events for individuals with disabilities. Rides are provided by volunteers and there is music and family activities to enjoy. Lunch is provided and each rider receives a free T-shirt. For additional information or to reserve your spot, text or call 248-221-8040 or email adaptive@oakgov.com. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

Monday, June 13, 2022 from 11a-1p (All Mondays through Labor Day Weekend)
Special Needs Event – Sensory Friendly Mondays at Lily Pad Spring Splash Pad
West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center (6200 Farmington Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322, 248-451-1900, wbparks.org)
Sensory Friendly Mondays beginning June 13 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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 (Also July 20, August 10)
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, June 23, 2022 from 6p-8p
Oakland County Adaptive Needs Events – Summer Sizzler
Independence Oaks County Park (9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, Michigan 48348, 248-625-0877)
Lawn games, pontoon ride, music and dinner with hot dogs, chips, beverage and dessert. $5 per participant, $5 per caregiver. Preregistration and payment must be made by 6/23 by calling 248-858-0916. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10a-12:30p
Troy Adaptive Needs Events – Adaptive Family Field Day
Brinston Park (2248 Brinston Dr, Troy, MI)
Individuals with special needs can enjoy pickleball, field hockey, obstacle course, and more. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Sensory friendly designated spots will be available. Ages 5+. $12 residents/$15non residents. Register online. Hosted by Troy Recreation.

Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 6p-8p
Oakland County Parks Adaptive Needs Events – Summer Sizzler
Independence Oaks Twin Chimneys Pavilion (9501 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston, MI 48348, 248-625-0877, www.OaklandCountyParks.com)
The event will include lawn games, pontoon ride, music and dinner with hot dogs, chips, beverage and dessert. Cost is $5/participant and $5/caregiver. Preregistration and payment must be made by June 23 by calling 248-858-0916. For questions, call or text 248-221-8040. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 9:30a-1p
Oakland County Adaptive Needs Events – Dreams & Wings
Oakland County International Airport (6500 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327)
Seated beside an experienced pilot in an airplane, individuals ages 6-17 with disabilities and up to two family members and/or friends can experience the world from a new perspective during Dreams & Wings. The day includes a short ground school to learn about airplanes and how they fly; educational displays; fun activities; and refreshments. 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. Registration is due by June 9. For more information, call or text 248-221-8040 or email Adaptive@oakgov.com. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 10a-3p
Oakland County Special Needs Events – Day at the Fair
Springfield Oaks County Park (12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, Michigan, 248-858-0916)
A special day at the 2022 Oakland County Fair. Daily attractions include: carnival rides, petting zoo, racing pigs, Miracle of Birth Barn, High Dive Team and horse and livestock shows. FREE carnival rides from 11a-1p for individuals with disabilities and one caregiver. Reserve your spot at 248-634-8830. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 11a-3p
Oakland County Parks Special Needs Events – Disability Dirt Day
Holly Oaks ORV Park (13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442, 248-653-0710, hollyoaksorvpark@oakgov.com)
Disability Dirt Days is a series of off-roading events for individuals with disabilities. Rides are provided by volunteers and there is music and family activities to enjoy. Lunch is provided and each rider receives a free T-shirt. For additional information or to reserve your spot, text or call 248-221-8040 or email adaptive@oakgov.com. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 11a-3p
Oakland County Parks Special Needs Events – Disability Dirt Day
Holly Oaks ORV Park (13536 Dixie Hwy, Holly, MI 48442, 248-653-0710, hollyoaksorvpark@oakgov.com)
Disability Dirt Days is a series of off-roading events for individuals with disabilities. Rides are provided by volunteers and there is music and family activities to enjoy. Lunch is provided and each rider receives a free T-shirt. For additional information or to reserve your spot, text or call 248-221-8040 or email adaptive@oakgov.com. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10a
Special Needs Events – AMC Sensory Friendly Film Showing
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
AMC Birchwood – 4350 24th Ave, Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
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 and showings begin at 10a on Saturdays. Wednesday evening movie showings may be geared to an older audience and begin at 7p. Dates and films are subject to change. Movie Listings / More Info

Friday, May 20, 2022 at 6p (May 20)
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.

Friday, May 6, 2022 from 6:30p-8p
Oakland County Adaptive Needs Events – Seasonal Dance
Southfield Municipal Complex (26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI)
The event will feature festive fun, including snacks, dancing and music provided by DJ Chris R. Cost for the Mexican Fiesta is $6 for each participant and family members/caregivers can attend at no cost. Preregistration and payment must be made by April 29 by calling 248-858-0916. Hosted by Oakland County Parks and Recreation.

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 6p (Also – )
Special 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.

May 6, 2022 from 5:30p-8p (Also May 6)
Special 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 $15 for residents & non-residents. Register via RARARecreation.org. Each dance has a holiday theme (St Patrick’s Day / Cinco De Mayo etc)

Monday, May 2, 2022 from 5:30p-7p (Also – )
Troy Adaptive Needs Events – Monday Mingle
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48083)
Come join this Adaptive Social Night to 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. Aides/caregivers may attend at no cost. Pre-registration is required. $12 resident / $15 non-resident. For more info, visit rec.troymi.gov.

Friday, April 22, from 6:30p-9p (Also )
Special 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 $15 for residents and non-residents. Register via RARARecreation.org.

Saturdays, January 8, 2022 through April 30, 2022 (No Bowling 4/16)
Special Needs Events – RARA Bowling League
Avon North Hill Lanes (150 West Tienken Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306, 248-651-8544, www.avonnorthhilllanes.com)
For persons of all ages with special needs. Includes 2 games and shoe rental per week. Pizza banquet will be held at the end of the season. To register, visit www.rararecreation.org.

Wednesday, March 23, at 7p (Also & March 23)
Special Needs Events – Karaoke
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48083)
Have fun while singing along with the latest and greatest artists. Feel free to bring your own CD to sing and dance along with. Pop and chips will be provided. Aides may purchase pop and chips for $1. $7. For more info, visit rec.troymi.gov.

Monday, May 2, 2022 from 5:30p-7p (Also – )
Troy Adaptive Needs Events – Monday Mingle
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48083)
Come join this Adaptive Social Night to 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. Aides/caregivers may attend at no cost. Pre-registration is required. $12 resident / $15 non-resident. For more info, visit rec.troymi.gov.

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 6p (Also – )
Special 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.

Friday, May 13, 2022 from 7p-9p (ALSO  )
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. $7. For more info, visit rec.troymi.gov.

Wednesdays, September 15 through October 20
Special Needs Events – Buddy Soccer League
Clintonwood Park (6000 Clarkston Road, Clarkson, MI 48348)
Buddy Soccer in Clarkston is a non-competitive recreational soccer league for boys and girls ages 7-14 with special needs in Oakland County and Metro Detroit. Each player is paired with a buddy ages 10-17 to assist them on the field during games. Buddy Soccer Clarkston Special Needs Sports League cost to register is $40 for residents, $50 non-residents, and $10 for buddies. Buddy Soccer is hosted by our friends at Independence Township Parks, Recreation, and Seniors. To register, visit itpr.org.

April 11 through May 30, 2020 (SATURDAYS) from 10a-noon
Special Needs Events – OUCARES Autism Spectrum Bowling League – Macomb County
5-Star Lanes (2666 Metro Pkwy, Sterling Heights, MI)
OUCARES (Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support) bowling league for individuals ages 15-plus on the autism spectrum. This opportunity will allow ASD students (over 16) and adults to enhance physical activity in a social, community setting. No bowling experience is necessary to participate. The cost of the bowling league is $60. Click here for registration info.

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 Special Needs Events Calendar in our Health / Special Needs section

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