If you have a child with Autism then we do not have to tell you how difficult and expensive having fun can sometimes be. Crowded subways and loud noises can be a disaster when attempting to have fun with a child on the Autism spectrum. Sensory play is sometimes the best and most therapeutic way that an autistic child can have fun. Here is a small list of free and cheap places to take your kids in Brooklyn. Please help us add to the list!
Extreme Kids& Crew is a private, non profit cooperative founded by a group of parents discourages by the lack of public spaces that could accommodate families raising children with disabilities. They offer memberships as well as open play sessions on Sundays for only $10. They have a gathering place and lab where parents and children can play and experiment with a variety of therapeutic toys and equipment on their own or with other families.
40 Brevoort Place Brooklyn, NY 11216
The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs is located in select Brooklyn Public Library locations. Their equipment makes the library experience accessible to children with different abilities. Cube chairs, mats for floor play, positioning cushions, and adaptive toys are available. They also have an array of programs from after school, weekend programs, gardening, readings and parent resources for children with special needs at their Flatlands, Greenpoint, Red Hook, Saratoga, and Sunset Park locations.
If you have a child with special needs on the Autism spectrum then make sure to pay a visit to the sensory room at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for kids. It is an interactive space where children with special needs can engage and explore their senses. Designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the interactive equipment provides a multi-sensory experience with visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular, and gross motor activities. Visit their website for hours.
145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn.