BETHLEHEM, PA—Kicking off June 6 with “Tangled,” ArtsQuest’s free Sensory-Friendly Kids Film Series presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network returns this summer to provide a welcoming environment and afternoon of entertainment for families with individuals who have special needs. Films in this series are shown Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m., in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas of the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.
Specifically designed for children and adults living with autism, this program allows everyone to experience the joy of seeing their favorite movies on the big screen. As part of the film screenings, talking and walking are permitted, while stimming (self-regulation behavior) is encouraged. The theater’s house lights are dimmed but remain on, while the film volume is lowered and previews are eliminated, all in an effort to provide a comfortable viewing experience for attendees. Additionally, families with special dietary needs are allowed to bring food from home.
The Sensory-Friendly Kids Film Series lineup is:
Tangled | June 6
Lilo & Stitch | June 13
Minions | June 20
Paddington | June 27
The Lego Ninjago Movie | July 11
Monsters Inc. | July 18
Inside Out | July 25
Toy Story 3 | Aug. 1
Cars | Aug. 15
Coco | Aug. 22
Tickets for each film can be reserved for free by calling the ArtsQuest box office at 610-332-3378 or visiting the ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem (Tickets cannot be reserved online). For more information, visit www.steelstacks.org.