Drop-In Programs

The Child’s Place for Children With Special Needs

Organization: Brooklyn Public Library – The Child’s Place for Children With Special Needs


Branches Supported: Flatlands, Greenpoint, Red Hook, Saratoga, Sunset Park

Phone: (718) 253-4948

“At the Brooklyn Public Library, there’s a place where all children can relax, play and have fun, providing a unique programs for children with and without disabilities from birth to age 12.

“Fostering an inclusive environment, this unique Brooklyn resource opens its doors to all children, parents, caregivers, and educators.”

Their free programs include:

After School Stories – a fun-filled hour of stories and crafts for children with and without disabilities, their families, and friends.

Weekend Programs – featuring guest performers who entertain and teach through puppet shows, sing-alongs, hands-on musical play with instruments, and interactive storytelling.

Read and Play – provides children with and without disabilities up to age five and their families a book-sharing and creative educational playtime. Children learn social skills and language development is stimulated by playing together with age-appropriate toys.

Parenting Workshops – provide a forum for discussion of topical issues. Guest experts speak on education, advocacy, discipline, medical issues, language development, and many other topics.

Class Visits – introduce children to Brooklyn Public Library, provide access to library cards and are specially designed to suit students’ individual needs. Our staff read books and issue library cards in the classroom and at the Library.

Garden Club – (April-October) participants focus on gardening and related activities.



AMC Cinemas Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

Organization: AMC Theaters


In a partnership with the Autism Society, AMC Theaters is presenting sensory friendly films for families with kids with special needs.  They are shown on a monthly basis.

“The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

“The idea for the program began with a request from a parent with an autistic child for a special screening at AMC Columbia Mall 14 in Columbia, MD. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening.”


Participating Theaters in New York City include:

AMC Loews 84th Street 6 (Upper West Side) – http://www.amctheatres.com/84thStreet/

AMC Loews Bay Terrace 6 (Flushing) – http://www.amctheatres.com/BayTerrace/

AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13 (Bronx)- http://www.amctheatres.com/BayPlaza/

A complete list of participating theaters can be found here.


Upcoming films include:

November 5 – Puss in Boots

December 3 – The Muppets

January 7 – The Adventures of Tin Tin

February 25 – The Secret World of Arrietty

March 10 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

April 7 – Pirates! Band of Misfits

All shows are at 10:00 AM