Sensory-Friendly Events & Activities for Families in the QCA

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Sensory-friendly events and activities are thoughtfully designed to cater to individuals with sensory sensitivities. Whether it’s the gentle hum of ambient music, soothing lighting, or a calm and welcoming atmosphere, these experiences aim to create a comfortable space for everyone. From quiet movie screenings and relaxed performances to specially curated exhibits, sensory-friendly events ensure that individuals of all ages and abilities can engage in the joy of shared moments without overwhelming sensory stimuli. Below is a list of recurring sensory-friendly events and activities as well as date-specific events. Some of these events and activities take place just outside of the Quad Cities, but all are amazing and worth the drive and experience!

We try our best to keep this list as current and updated as possible; if we missed one of your favorite activities or events, please feel free to email us at hello@qcmoms.com and we will get it added!
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Recurring Events & Activities

Sensory-Friendly Skate

Eldridge Community Center & Skatepark | Every 1st or 2nd Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm | $5.00+

No flashing lights, low music volume, and a calm environment.


Special Needs Night

Family Museum | Every 3rd Friday, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | FREE

The Family Museum will open its doors after hours for an exclusive event for families with children who have special needs. Tickets are free and will be limited to the first 100 participants. Everyone (including members) needs a ticket to enter. You can pick up a ticket at the Museum, or you can call us at (563) 344-4106


Sensory Sunday

Elevate Trampoline Park Davenport & Milan | Every Sunday, 9:00 – 10:00 am | $10.00

Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory Sunday provides a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs. One Parent (or Caretaker) can jump for FREE with each paying child.


Sensitive Storytime

Moline Public Library | Every 2nd Tuesday, 5:00 – 5:45 pm | FREE

Join us for a new storytime, especially for children and families who are looking for a smaller, more adaptive library experience. Sensitive Storytime is ideal for young children with sensory processing sensitivity or on the autism spectrum, although everyone is welcome to attend! Books will be at approximately a preschool level.
Registration is required*


Sensory Friendly Night

Iowa Children’s Museum | Every last Sunday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm | FREE

This event is designed for families with members who experience sensory sensitivities, are on the autism spectrum, or who have any health needs that would make a quieter visit more enjoyable.


Sensory Inclusion Nights

Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum | Every other Thursday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm | $10.50/per

Dimmer lights, less noise, and sensory toys. Open to children of all needs and abilities, and their families. Sensory Packs with noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys, sunglasses, and other materials are always available at the front desk.

Other Events & Activities

Sensory Story Time

Musser Public Library | Feb 15 & Apr 25, 6:00 – 7:00 pm | FREE

Immerse yourself in an enjoyable interactive narrative guided by Mr. Taylor, followed by a session of sensory exploration. Discover techniques to incorporate sensory experiences into daily routines for children aged 4-9, catering to those with sensory-seeking, sensory-avoidant, and sensitive tendencies. This program is inclusive of individuals across all developmental stages and is developed in collaboration with occupational, speech, and physical therapists.


Sensory Saturday

Robert R. Jones Public Library | Mar 9, Apr 13 & 27, May 11 & 25, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | FREE

A dynamic and open-ended initiative crafted to offer children and their families a delightful and organic approach to investigating, observing, and comprehending their surroundings using their senses. This initiative fosters interactive learning, inquisitiveness, and imaginative expression as participants engage in diverse sensory activities.


Book Buddies: Sensory Session

Silvis Public Library | Apr 27, 10:00 am | FREE

Join Mrs. Katelynn at the library for a new-themed story and songs every month. We will also be introducing our new sensory bin for the month. For ages 0-5


Sensory STEAM

Robert A Lee Community Center | Feb 17, Mar 23, Apr 20, 4:30 – 5:30 pm | FREE

Sometimes the recreation center and programs can be overwhelming, with all the people and noises. Our Sensory Saturdays programs are designed with our neurodivergent friends needs in mind. We lower the attendance, keep the lights low, keep the sounds as minimal as possible and choose our program topics to meet the needs of individuals with sensory sensitivities.
Registration is required*


Touch a Truck

McClintock Trucking | May 25, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | FREE

Come discover lots of different trucks! See a police car, a fire engine, a cement truck, an ambulance, and more! Meet the drivers of these different trucks and see how they work! 11-Noon will be the sensory-friendly hour, no lights or sirens will be used.

Disclosure: Please note that the businesses within this post might not cover 
all available promotions or be exhaustive. While we aim to provide accurate 
information, there might be promotions not listed or changes to details that 
have transpired after our latest update. Before heading to any location, we 
strongly urge you to verify its location, terms of condition, and any other 
relevant details to ensure a seamless experience.
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