Sensory-Sational Evansville

When a slower pace and a little less volume is what you need to have fun, this list of sensory friendly places in Evansville will keep you entertained at your own pace.


Santa Cares

Children and parents will have the opportunity to spend some time with Santa while the mall is closed to the general public. Entrance D near JCPenney will be open and leads directly to Santa in the JCPenney Court. Visits with Santa are free. You may purchase professional photos from the Cherry Hill Photography team. This two-hour sensory window is specifically intended for families with special needs. 

Sensory Breakfast with Santa

With a little less hustle and bustle, you’ll be transported to the North Pole where delicious breakfast options will be available and you’ll be joined by Santa himself! Children will receive sweet treats and a holiday craft. 

For EVVeryone

For EVVeryone is a collection of programs, services and facilities offered at Evansville Regional Airport to accommodate passengers and visitors of all abilities. Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program items are available pre-security information desk. CAMSE (Cam’s Sensory Equipment) Kits are available at the information desk and all ticket counters. A Service Animal Relief Area is located near the A gates. There are nursing/quiet rooms. Best of all, Therapy Dogs International will be introducing Crypto to the Fly EVV family early 2023! 

Sensory Inclusive™ Certification at Mesker Park Zoo 

KultureCity Sensory bags are available for checkout at the front gate. Sensory bags include various items to help those who may have sensory needs. Items include sound dampening headphones, various fidget devices, a lanyard, and a needs card. A weighted lap blanket is also available upon request. This service is available free of charge.

Sky Zone

Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs every other Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. This program does not run during school breaks.

EVPL READ Sensory Room

From noise-canceling headphones and weighted blankets to the fiber optic waterfall and tactile balance beam, the room is flexible to be used for sensory seeking and sensory avoiding. Parents or caregivers may reserve the room for up to two hours at a time at the Central Library downtown. Visitors and residents may reserve the room.
The entire museum is sensory-sational where everything is ready for creativity and hands-on fun. There are also softer, quiet spaces to suit the less rambunctious. Sensory friendly bags are available for the assist wherever your adventurer ventures. 

AMC Sensory Friendly Films

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Wednesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.

Proud To Be Me

This beginner-level dance and movement class on Zoom is designed for elementary and middle schoolers with special needs. It provides a fun outlet for letting out energy and meeting new people. The free class is also designed to help refine and improve things like motor skills, concentration, social/communication abilities, and general happiness at home or on the go.

Deep Blue Indoor Play

Play and climb under the sea! Minnow Mornings are 8am - 10am each Friday for our tiny tots, those with special abilities, and those who enjoy a little less stimulation than the average day offers. We want every child to feel welcome and comfortable in the Deep Blue.

Mickey's Kingdom

There is plenty of room to roam at Mickey's Kingdom Park on the waterfront. This all-abilities playground is wheelchair friendly.  

Bring your family and friends to Evansville and have fun with us where you will feel welcome to be yourself.