Autism Friendly Activities, Tips & Ideas
Updated: Jul 11
This is a list of possible activities that are autism friendly suggested from other families around the state of Utah. If you find an activity that you find is autism friendly and would like to share it with other ~ Please Contact ~ Ourworld.email@example.com
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Celebrations and holidays gatherings can be very difficult for families with autism. Below are some tried-and-true tips to help make this July safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Salt Lake City:
Days of' 47 Float Preview Party – July 18 & 19 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy. Preview many of the Parade floats and join the excitement as Parade day nears.
Days of 47 Rodeo – July 20-23 & 25 at Utah State Fairpark. Prices are $14-$59
Cottonwood Heights Butlerville Days – July 28-30 the event starts with a parade, bands, rolling car show, rides, activities, movie in the park, food trucks, fireworks and more.
First Encampment Hike – July 16 at 7am at Donner Park (2770 E 990 S). During this family-oriented event, you can walk in the footsteps of the 1847 pioneers in a festive and commemorative hike that follows Emigration Creek through beautiful Salt Lake City neighborhoods.
Red Butte Garden – Free admission on July 24 from 9am-5pm
Sunrise Service – July 23 at 7am in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. The program features the Tabernacle organist and several hundred voices in combined choirs from around the valley. A keynote speaker will deliver an inspirational message. Free admission and no tickets required.
Days of ’47 Parade – July 23 at 9am. Route starts at South Temple and State Street running to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park.
This Is The Place – July 23 & 25 celebrates Pioneer Days. Admission price range from $11-15. Save $2 on admission by mentioning Coupons4Utah when purchasing tickets.
Liberty Park – July 23 Laser light show at 10pm. There will also be art, craft and food vendors ad part of the Native American Celebration.
Bountiful Handcart Days – July 15-16; includes parade, park activities, fireworks and more.
Layton – July 23 at 7pm (gates open at 6pm) Layton City Recreation Department presents the annual “Riders in the Sky” Pioneer Day Concert at the Ed Kenly Amphitheater. Seats fill up fast and are first come first serve. Admission is free.
Electric Light Parade (Layton) – July 23 at 10 pm at Wasatch Drive (between Gentile and Layton High). Decorate yourself, your bike, stroller, wagon, etc.Weber County:
Ogden Pioneer Days – July 20-25 there will be a parade at 9am along with events, entertainment, rodeo and fireworks.
-Mapleton – July 24 enjoy free events from a parade, entertainment and fireworks.
Orem – July 23 enjoy free events, food, entertainment and fireworks.
Provo Pioneer Day Extravaganza – July 23 with games, crafts, face painting and more.
Spanish Fork – July 18-30 Fiesta Days with carnival, parade, fireworks and more.
Beaver – July 23; there will be parade, car show, fireworks and more.
-Brigham City Freedom Fest – July 24; there will be food trucks, avengers and more.
-Tremonton Hay Days – July 23-24; there will be kids zone, car show, breakfast and more
Fairview Pioneer Days – July 11-23 will have a parade, car show, games, free concert and more.
Fiddlers ‘n' Fireworks (Heber) – July 23 at Heber Valley Railroad with a 2 hour round trip ride including dinner and fiddlers along with Charleston fireworks from across the lake. Tickets are $30-$40.
Kamas Valley Fiesta Days – July 15-24 with parade, rodeo, kid activities, car show fireworks and more.
American West Heritage Center – July 23 there will be pioneer games and living history interpreters. Cost is $9.
Logan – July 23 includes, entertainment, parade, fireworks and more.
-North Logan – July 23 at Elk Ridge Park with parade, activities, and fireworks.
-Mona– July 23-24 parade, activities, fireworks and more.
-Monroe– July 22-24 with a parade, concert, and fireworks.
St. George July 23 fireworks at Baseball Field Complex at 10 pm
Wandering and accidents can happen at any time. However, being in an unfamiliar environment can increase the risk. Constant vigilance is a must - especially since communication issues can make it difficult (or impossible) for your child to tell someone that they are lost and how to find you.
Designate one responsible adult to keep eyes on your child at all times. Give that adult a time frame. When their time frame is up, they can pass the responsibility to another responsible adult. Sharing this important responsibility assures your child always has eyes on them and gives everyone some time to relax.
Make sure your child always has some form of identification on them:
Order shoe tags, bracelets, or necklace tags that have identifying information on them from places like Road ID or Lauren’s Hope.
If needed, write your name(s) and cell phone number(s) on paper and put in the pockets of every piece of clothing your child is wearing – pants, shirt, jacket, shoes, socks, etc.
Consider temporary tattoos or even writing your contact information somewhere on your child’s body with a pen.
If your child is ready for a cell phone, a pre-programmed phone with only 911 and your cell number can be comforting and helpful.
If in a crowded area, keep your hands on your child at all times or use the “bookend” approach where one adult is on each side of them.
On the day of your event, use your cell phone to take a photo of your child to ensure you have a recent picture that captures what they are wearing that day in case they get lost.
Learn more about Keeping Your Kids with ASD Safe here.
Be especially vigilant if you will be around water!
Elopement and wandering increases the risk of drowning.
Drowning is a leading cause of death among individuals with autism.
In the general population, 9 out of every 10 child drowning deaths occur when a parent is supervising but is not paying attention.
Learn more about Water Safety here.
Tips To Make Fireworks More Enjoyable
Give your child an escape. Set aside a private room/area for your child to safely relax when the crowd and noise become overwhelming.
Plan for sensory needs including noise blocking headphones, weighted blankets/vests, comfort items, etc.
Headphones with or without favorite music can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying a fireworks display.
If needed, enjoy the fireworks from your car.
If fireworks are legal in your area, download and print this sign to hang on your door.
SENSORY FRIENDLY MOVIES!
This year’s schedule includes the following movie titles (subject to change without notice):
Movies will be shown on weekdays at participating Megaplex Theatres locations starting at 10:00 a.m. with doors opening 30 minutes before the movie.
IMPORTANT: The Kids Summer Movie series schedule will vary by Megaplex Location. Movie titles subject to change without notice. Each guest (child or adult) requires a separate paid admission pass. For the safety of all, no unsupervised children or unaccompanied adults will be admitted into the theatre. Visit www.MegaplexTheatres.com/i/KidsMovies.
Sensory Friendly These special showtimes start at 10:30 AM, and provide an atmosphere in the auditorium that is more welcoming and less stressful for families with children on the Autism spectrum or who have other special needs. The volume of the film is lower and the auditorium lights are left brighter than in a regular screening. Guests who need to stand, move, or make noise during the movie are welcome to do so without worrying about disrupting others. While recording is still prohibited inside the auditorium, guests who need them are welcome to keep their electronic devices turned on.
Each Kids Summer Movie Pass costs only $10 for either a child or for an accompanying grownup pass. That means kids and grown-ups pay the same low price of only $1.00 per movie! Buy your passes now from our online store. Individual movie tickets may be available at the Box Office or Guest Service Desk at participating Megaplex locations for $1.50 each. Guests save 33% by purchasing the ten week 2021 Megaplex Kids Summer Movie Pass over purchasing individual tickets at the box office.
Utah Parent Center Summer Resources & Ideas~ An amazing list of activities going on all around the state of Utah ~
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