It’s been a minute since I touched base and shared some sensory friendly fun with you all! Summer has come to an end and as we all settle into fall, adjusting to new schedules and cool weather I’d like to give ya’ll some great ideas on where to find sensory friendly halloween costumes, indoor, outdoor and holiday fun in the lansing area and beyond!
Costumes can be tricky for littles with sensory issues but I find the key is letting them take the lead. My family has had some very stressful holidays trying to get my daughter in to clothing and costumes she just can’t wear and I’ve finally learned to let her take the lead. Since I’ve allowed her to have more freedom in choosing she has definitely flourished. And although she isnt always in the outfit I’d prefer she is more comfortable in her own skin and is able to spend more time being a kid and that’s so, SO worth it. A great way I’ve found to help her is to visit a local children’s resale shop. This time of year most of the costumes are in great condition and out of their packages! Giving her the ability to touch and feel them and make the choice that’s right for her. Target also offers a few sensory friendly costume options online if you prefer new!
Once you’ve nailed down your costumes you’re ready to hit some local holiday fun!
One of our favorites in the area is Peacock Tree farm. With acres of space this farm has tons to do and plenty of slroom to roam. You can find, cute animals, pumpkins, an apple slingshot, duck races, Christmas trees and more! Plus some super cute events like S’mores Fest (October 15th and 16th) and Grandparents weekend and costume contest ( October 29th and 30th)
See their website and events page for more details
Another family favorite is always Impression 5 Science Center. They offer monthly sensory friendly events and sensory friendly kits to all families (lap pads, headphones ect). Impression 5 has so much hands on fun! The bubble room and giant light bright are a couple of our favorite places to hang out! And I always feel great about playing there because the staff is constantly cleaning and updating.
Last but not least if you are looking to take a bit of a trip you can head up 75 to Midland and visit Dow Gardens and the Midland Canopy Walk. They are open for fall luminary walks, non-scary Halloween events and self-guided tours and other holiday events. This is the perfect outdoor adventure for kiddos who like to explore and for parents who like to see their kiddos have fun getting all that energy out.