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Sensory – Friendly Events and Outings for Families in Stark County

June 14, 2019 – The greater Canton area offers a wide range of accessible, fun outings for families seeking sensory-friendly experiences. Some offered daily at attractions, while others are special events throughout the year, we encourage you to take a look!

Sensory Room at Massillon Museum

The Massillon Museum (MassMu) has dedicated a goal to create accessible spaces and programming for visitors with physical, developmental, cognitive, or learning disabilities. Their journey to become an accessible museum for ALL, means removing barriers to learning and providing ways for audiences to engage in the museum space in a multitude of ways.

The MassMu Sensory Room is devoted 468-square-foot space on the lower level of the museum. This unique room is an adaptable space for museum guests with vision, auditory, physical, and cognitive disorders. It is open during all museums hours as a free and accessible space for any museum visitor, yet outfitted specifically for individuals with the aforementioned disabilities in mind. The Room is sensory-friendly, with adjustable elements alterable to individual preference, such as sound and lighting levels.

Because of the generous support of Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., the Museum now has a calming place for not only individuals with sensory challenges, but also caregivers with over-stimulated toddlers, mothers who need to breastfeed, and any other guest who may need the room for personal reasons. The Sensory Room is a flexible space serving a distinct need, and we are honored to offer it as a safe haven for all. Amenities include multiple modes of seating, yoga ball and mat, and weighted blanket, sound machine, eye mask, noise-cancelling headphones, a tactile felt and Lego wall, sensory toys, and wheelchair accessible sensory bins.

The Massillon Museum has worked in recent months to make the facility more friendly to all visitors. Many exhibits have braille labeling and the facility is wheelchair accessible.  

Sensory Cinema at Canton Palace Theatre

The Canton Palace Theatre, Schumacher Homes, Canton Professional Educations Association, Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children and Q92 Radio in conjunction with the Love, Andrew Foundation presents the eight-week series Sensory Cinema. The movies will begin at 6:30PM, with doors opening at 6PM. Admission is $1.00 and group reservations are available by 330-454-8172 up until noon on the day of the movie.

For this series, the Theatre environment will be tailored to the attendees on the Autism Spectrum and their families. This includes: lower levels of sound and di lights, dietary sensitive offerings in the concession stand including gluten and dairy free options, trained staff and family restrooms.

2019 Schedule:

  • June 17 | The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • June 24 | The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
  • July 1 | The Lego Batman Movie
  • July 8 | Smallfoot
  • July 15 | Peter Rabbit
  • July 22 | The Grinch
  • July 29 | How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • August 5 | Wonder

Sensory Inclusive Jump Times

Enjoy the freedom of jumping! Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.

Sensory Bags at the Pro Football Hall of Fame

In the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s effort to be more sensory inclusive, HOF sensory bags are now disbursed to guests that are in need. The HOF sensory bags are equipped with noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads for use during a visit. The bags are available at the Guest Service Office at no charge. A dedicated quiet zone is also available for guests who need a calmer environment.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame also offer American sign language tours for deaf or hard of hearing individuals. An ASL interpreter will be on hand for tours on the first and third Saturday of the month. The hour-long “Insider Tours” provide guest with interesting information behind the artifacts and exhibits that cannot be learned otherwise!

Allison Rowe


Allison Rowe is the Marketing Coordinator for Visit Canton.  She enjoys shopping, spending time with friends & family, going to concerts, and watching football!  Allison can be found trying new restaurants, exploring museums, and hanging out at Canton First Fridays.

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