Summer Family Events
With warmer weather making its way back around, we wanted to share some cool events the entire family can enjoy that will be taking place this summer. With events listed in Michigan, Ohio, and Georgia, there’s bound to be something in your area that you and the family will enjoy! Come take a look at what’s happening near you!
Friday, 6/4, 1:00 PM – Cable4ACause
Action Wake Park
3320 Hudson Trail Dr, Hudsonville, MI, US 49426
Action Wake Park is hosting the 3rd annual Cable4ACause day! Come enjoy a day on the water while raising money to support autism awareness and acceptance! Tickets are $10, and the event is free to all participants with autism or other cognitive delays. More information on this event can be found here.
Friday, 6/11, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM – Support Autism Awareness with XDAF w/Special Guest Lomas Brown
1982 West Grand River Road, Okemos, MI 48864
Join Detroit Lions Legend Lomas Brown and Xavier DeGroat, CEO of the Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation (XDAF) on Friday, June 11th at the Meridian Mall as they celebrate Autism Awareness! Jump at LAUNCH Trampoline Park, and attend a book signing, VIP meet and greet, and dinner with Lomas Brown and other Lions legends. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased on Eventbrite or by clicking right here!
Saturday, 6/12, 3:00 PM-10:00 PM – Autism Rock Show
Calhoun County Fairgrounds
720 Fair St, Marshall, MI 49068
Join rock band Saving Abel, as well as three local bands, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds for a family friendly concert to help raise money for Marshall Public Schools Cognitive Impairment Programs. The event is sponsored by JDLs Angels 4 Autism. For more information on this event, click here!
Monday, 7/19, 4:00 PM-9:00 PM – Autos for Autism Car Show
Garden City Middle School
1851 Radcliff St, Garden City, MI 48135
The Burger Autistic School Association presents the Twentieth Annual Autos for Autism Car Show! There will be live music, food, raffles, clowns, plenty of activities, and dozens of trophies! Dash plaques will also be given to the first 300 vehicle entrants, and motorcycles are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the Burger School for Students with Autism. Click here for more information!
Sunday, 7/25, 7:30 AM-11:30 AM – 2021 Autism Hero Walk
8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067
The Autism Hero Walk is back at the Detroit Zoo this year! Join your favorite heroes for a day of fun and sightseeing at the zoo, and check out local vendors and businesses serving the autism community. Due to COVID-19 constraints, capacity is limited to the first 900 participants. All other fundraisers who receive a ticket are invited to join a special virtual hero walk that day alongside Joe, a local zoologist, author, and self-advocate with autism. Find more information on this event right here!
Sunday, 8/22, 12:00 PM – 2021 Walk for Autism
John Ball Park and Zoo
1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Come to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids on Sunday, August 22nd for a fun-filled day that includes activities for kids of all ages, a resource fair, silent auction, and a one-mile walk around the zoo! Proceeds will benefit the Autism Supports of Kent County, which helps pay for programs and services dedicated to helping the autism community within West Michigan. Click here for more information on this event, and to learn more about Autism Supports of Kent County and the wonderful population they serve.
Sundays, 6/6, 7/4, 8/1, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Jump!
Sky Zone Toledo
1600 Albon Road, Holland, OH 43528
Turn off the music & tone down the distractions at Sky Zone for their Sensory Friendly Jump! This event takes place every 1st Sunday of the month from 11:00am-12:00pm at a discounted rate of $10.99/hr plus one chaperone free. For more information on this monthly event, click this link!
Sundays, 6/13, 7/18, 8/8, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Quiet Hours
4850 Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065
Come enjoy a day at the Columbus Zoo with friends and family in a relaxing atmosphere, without the typical sounds that can make the zoo challenging for people with sensory sensitivities. Sensory kits containing noise-cancelling headphones, fidgets, and sunglasses are available to check out for the day at no additional charge, and a calming room will be nearby for any individuals who may require a quiet space for self-regulation. Additionally, you can check out this link to download social stories and sensory maps to help prepare for your trip. For more information on this event, click here!
Sunday, 7/11, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM – 8th Annual Autism Awareness Car Show
ProMedica Health and Wellness Center
5702 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43560
Spend the morning checking out classic cars and bikes for a great cause! Entrance is free, and there will be food trucks, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go to the Northwest Ohio Autism Society. Click here to find more information on this event!
6/6, 7/3, 8/7, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM – Sensory Friendly Sessions
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Come visit the Children’s Museum of Atlanta this summer for sensory friendly morning sessions, designed so children with autism or sensory sensitivities can enjoy all that the museum has to offer! These sensory friendly sessions include a sensory modified setting, limited admission, and sound and lighting adjustments. The museum also offers a social story to help families prepare for their trip to the museum, which you can find by clicking this link. To find more information on the museum’s sensory friendly sessions, click here!
Sunday, 6/27, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM – IAmCollegeLife Clubhouse Bowling Party
Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center
1741 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Enjoy a fun bowling experience with teens who learn differently & everyone who supports them. Each ticket includes two hour of bowling, bowling shoes, 2 slices of pizza and soft drinks. Tickets must be purchased in advance, so lanes can be reserved. Ticket sales end June 15, 2021. For more information, click the link here!
Tuesdays, 6/29, 7/27, 8/31, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Afternoons
The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
2829 Cherokee St NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
From 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on the last Tuesday of each month, the museum will be transformed into a sensory-friendly environment, welcoming visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing issues, and other special needs to explore the Museum at their own pace. All ages are welcome. Included with general admission and free for members! Check out this link for more details on their June event, or click here to see their July date.
Thanks for reading! I hope you liked this guide, and found an event that interests you and your family this summer. Be sure to follow our social media, and stay up-to-date on the latest blogs for more helpful tips and tricks. Have a great day!