Between the bright lights, loud sounds and everything else that goes on inside, it’s easy to see how Chuck E. Cheese’s can overwhelm just about anyone. But for kids with autism or special needs, the sensory overload can be waaaay too much. To help, Chuck E. Cheese’s is bringing back Sensory Sensitive Sundays for kids with special needs.

Beginning Sun. Apr. 11, Chuck E. Cheese will open two hours early, just for kids with special needs at select locations. The program will continue throughout April on Sundays and for the remainder of 2021.

photo: Chuck E. Cheese

Sensory Sensitive Sundays (at participating locations only) will feature dimmed lighting, quieter dining and entertainment environment and a sensory-friendly arcade experience. Along with the sensory sensitive setting, the chain’s caring staff will be on-hand to help out and make the experience memorable for each and every guest.

Also starting today, Chuck E. Cheese guests can donate to Autism Speaks with every purchase. At the register, round up your purchases to the nearest dollar, and all contributions will support Autism Speaks’ research, advocacy efforts, programs and services.

“At Autism Speaks, we are so grateful to have supporters like Chuck E. Cheese who help drive our mission by creating inclusive environments for all kids,” said Autism Speaks Vice President of Supports and Services Valerie Paradiz. “Their Sensory Sensitive Sundays and round-up campaign bring us one step closer to our vision of a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential.”

If you’re not sure which locations near you will offer this event, get the list right here.

—Erica Loop & Karly Wood

Feature photo: gsheldon via iStock


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