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Discover Fun and Inclusive Summer Activities For Everyone: Sensory-Friendly Summer Activities Guide

Welcome to our ultimate sensory-friendly summer activities guide! Summer is a fantastic time to engage in fun and exciting outdoor experiences with family and friends. However, finding inclusive activities can sometimes be challenging for individuals with sensory sensitivities. We have curated a list of fantastic summertime activities that are enjoyable for everyone, especially those who may be sensitive to certain stimuli. For this blog post, I have decided to list things to do that may or may not be close by to your certain location, so please know that some of these options may not be possible. Let's dive in and explore the world of sensory-friendly summer fun!

Beach Day Bliss

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Heading to the beach is a classic summer activity because the beach provides so much sensory feedback! Individuals with autism love the feedback, especially our hypotensive friends, so mixing the moving water, sand, wind, and movement is a great option. Sometimes crowded beaches and loud noises can be overwhelming for some. Consider visiting a quieter beach during off-peak hours to enjoy the sun, sand, and water without the hustle and bustle. Bringing along noise-canceling headphones and creating a designated quiet space with a beach tent can offer a calming retreat for individuals with sensory sensitivities. Some great locations include North Myrtle Beach, Marco Island, FL, Kitty Hawk, NC, Wrightsville Beach, NC, and Dana Point, CA.

Nature Walks and Picnics

Exploring the great outdoors through nature walks and picnics is a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of summertime. Choose serene nature trails or botanical gardens for a peaceful sensory experience. Pack a sensory-friendly picnic with your favorite snacks and drinks, and don't forget to bring along fidget toys or stress balls to provide comfort and relaxation while basking in the natural surroundings. If you research a park beforehand the website or even if you call they can tell you if they are autism-friendly or not. We always plan for nature walks and parks. Our favorite park is Savannah Park in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Outdoor Movie Nights

Hosting an outdoor movie night under the starlit sky can be a magical experience for all. Set up a cozy outdoor movie area in your backyard or local park with blankets, cushions, and popcorn. Opt for sensory-friendly films or classics that cater to a wide audience. The outdoor setting provides a relaxed atmosphere for everyone to enjoy a movie night under the twinkling stars.

Sensory-Friendly Water Play

Stay cool and have a blast with sensory-friendly water play activities. Consider setting up a sprinkler or a small kiddie pool in the backyard for refreshing water fun. Use foam or soft water toys for interactive play that engages the senses without overwhelming them. Water play is an excellent way to stay cool, have fun, and create lasting summer memories. If you're traveling a splash park is the ultimate fun and some parks have specific hours for children with special needs, so make sure to call ahead!

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Arts and Crafts in the Sunshine

Unleash your creativity with outdoor arts and crafts sessions in the sunshine. Gather art supplies such as sidewalk chalk, paint, and paper to create colorful masterpieces outdoors. Engage in collaborative art projects or individual creations while enjoying the fresh air and natural light. Outdoor arts and crafts provide a sensory-rich experience that inspires imagination and artistic expression.

Community Events and Farmers' Markets

Support local communities and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of farmers' markets and community events this summer. These gatherings offer a variety of sensory-friendly activities such as live music, artisan crafts, and delicious food options. Explore local treasures, engage with artisans, and savor the flavors of seasonal produce while immersing yourself in the community spirit.

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Summer is a time for creating cherished memories and enjoying the best that the season has to offer. With this sensory-friendly summer activities guide, individuals of all ages and sensory sensitivities can partake in the joys of summertime without feeling overwhelmed. From beach days to outdoor movie nights, countless inclusive activities are waiting to be explored. Embrace the beauty of summer and make this season unforgettable with sensory-friendly adventures that cater to everyone!

We hope you found inspiration in our sensory-friendly summer activities guide. Get ready to embark on a summer filled with fun, laughter, and unforgettable experiences that celebrate inclusivity and enjoyment for all!




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