Bethel Ridge Learning Center
175 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, 908-221-0801. Non-profit organization servicing the developmentally disabled population ages 14 and older in Somerset, Morris and Union Counties offers job placement and coaching, support and education services. Internet courses; homework club available for 14-21 yr. old students in school.
The Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-234-2345. Year round classes in visual arts for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs; summer art camps.
Chef Carls Pizza
888-794-8540. Our award winning party lets your little chefs make their own pizza. Parties for schools, summer camps, special needs and fundraising.
Classic Thyme Cooking School
710 South Ave., West, Westfield, 908-232-5445. During hands-on classes for ages 4 and up, students prepare a meal, learn food safety and other skills and work as a team. Register online.
EPOCH (Educational Program of Children Handicapped)
Madison Area YMCA, 1 Ralph Stoddard Drive, Madison. Afterschool recreational program for special needs children and teens offers a variety of enrichment and social opportunities. For more information or to volunteer, write to PO Box 231, Madison, NJ 07940.
Metropolitan Speech & Language Center
66 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston. 973-994-4468. Lillian Dollinger, MA, CCC-SLP, Director, NJ License: 41YS00083500. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Social skills groups, Mommy & Me classes, group speech and OT.
Paper Mill Playhouse Creative Drama
Paper Mill Playhouse, Brookside Dr., Millburn, 973-376-4343. A six-week creative drama class for students ages 9-12 with developmental disabilities is offered in partnership with VSA-NJ.
A number of venues are adapting the theatre environment to offer sensory-friendly events in a comfortable and judgment-free space.
• AMC Theatres
Films shown monthly for families affected by autism and other disabilities. Visit website for schedule.
• Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, 732-842-9000.
• Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008.
The Rainbow Fish, ages 4-10. Special performance with modulated sound and level levels and relaxed environment for children on the autism spectrum. 4pm.
The Little Prince, puppets, live actors, original music. Ages 4-10. 1:30 & 4:30pm. 4:30 performance is sensory-friendly.
• Paper Mill Playhouse
Brookside Dr., Millburn, 973-376-4343.
Charlotte's Web, Theatreworks USA. Ages 5-10. "Meet Your Seat" open house April 27 4-6pm.
Pete the Cat, Theatreworks USA. Ages 4-9. "Meet Your Seat" open house June 9 4-6pm.
Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical.
• Raritan Valley Community College
Edward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt. 22W), North Branch, 908-725-3420.
2017 Sensory-Friendly Performances
Tetris, physical dance quartet inspired by the game. Ages 6+. 2pm.
Water on Mars, juggling. Ages 7+. 2pm.
Kevin Spencer, magician. 3pm.
Grug & the Rainbow, Windmill Theatre, puppetry & storytelling. Ages 2+. 10am. $10.
• Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium
Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd. (Rt. 78 exit 26 or Rt, 22W), North Branch, 908-231-8805.
Jan 7, Feb 4, Apr 1, May 6
The Sky Above, Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Show, one-hour show adapted for families with children on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities, all ages. 5pm.
Perfect Little Planet, a family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Content is presented on a grades 1-4 level. 5pm.
• Shea Center for Performing Arts
William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, 973-720-2371.
• State Theatre of New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-246-7469.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, 10:30am.
• Union County Performing Arts Center Sensory-Friendly Theatre Series
1601 Irving St., Rahway, 732-499-8226. "This is My Theatre" picture packet may be downloaded online.
Jeff Boyer's Bubble Trouble.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, American Repertory Ballet.
• Theater Development Fund
212-912-9770. Through the Autism Theater Initiative, TDF presents autism-friendly performances in New York City at discount prices to families. Sign up for mailing list online.
Kinky Boots, 1pm.
• New Victory Theater
209 W. 42nd St. (just west of Broadway), 646-223-3010. Selected performances are autism-friendly.
Elephant & Piggie, ages 4-7.
Something, all ages 6+.
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm St., Summit, 908-273-9121 x213. Art outreach program of weekly classes serves special needs students, ages 7-12, from Union, Essex and Morris Counties.
VSA Arts of New Jersey
703 Jersey Ave., New Brunswick, 732-745-3885. Part of an international network, VSA/NJ provides arts programming throughout New Jersey for children and adults with disabilities and resource and referral services for information or assistance with arts issues.