As you plan your calendar for the next couple of months, please take a look at some of these great, local and free activities and events for families and individuals with special needs.

Singing-Snowman

The Arc of King County’s Latino Family Winter Party

Celebrate the New Year with games, music, food, friends and fun! All are welcome. This is a potluck event and you are encouraged to bring a dish to share. There is no cost to attend.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10 am to 1 pm

Angle Lake Family Resource Center
4040 S 188th St.
SeaTac, WA 98188

Please contact Patricia Gonzalez at pgonzalez@arcofkingcounty.org or call 206-829-7027 for more information.

Sensitive Santa

The Outlet Collection will make its Santa area sensory friendly with lower lighting and quieter surroundings. Each family who attends will receive a free Santa photo and enjoy festive giveaways to commemorate the magical holiday season.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 8 to 11 am

The Outlet Collection Seattle
1101 Outlet Collection Way
Auburn, WA 98001

Please contact Chantelle Herburger at cherburger@glimcher.com to RSVP or request more information.

Sensitive Santa

Springfree Trampoline will host a relaxing and calm environment to have complimentary photos taken with Santa. It is a free family event. This is their second year hosting Sensitive Santa.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 12 to pm

Issaquah Springfree Trampoline
1875 NW Poplar Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 654-1306

If you have any questions please email jody@springfree.com.

Washington Ferry Holiday Cruise- Just a few spots left!

This is a free event, but registration is limited! First come, first served. The capacity for the ferry this year is 600 guests and escorts total. 150 of those spots will go to Friendship Adventures participants and guests. Don’t delay! The ferry cruise will include entertainment, a refreshment, a goodie bag and a small gift.

Once your reservation form has been received, a confirmation letter with additional details (directions, parking instructions, etc.) will be sent to you.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 2 to 3:30 pm (arrive at 1 pm to ensure loading)

Coleman Dock at the Seattle Ferry Terminal
801 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA

This event is free. To register, simply return the ferry registration form to Friendship Adventures to lock in your spot!
1. Electronically. Scan & email the ferry registration form to events@friendshipadventures.org.
2. By mail. Complete your ferry registration form and mail to the address listed on the form.

Super Saturdays by FEAT of Washington

A program hosted by FEAT, Super Saturdays provide a structured, fun and safe environment for your child with autism. The program is staffed by trained, committed and closely supervised FEAT volunteers and staff. Their goal is to promote positive play and social interactions between children with autism and their typical siblings and peers. All while providing peace of mind for parents and caregivers so that they can truly enjoy some time off and a well deserved break.

Super Saturday is currently being revamped and is due to re-launch in the new year 2015! Please contact Traci Russell at traci.russell@featwa.org if you have any questions.

Sensory Story Time at Seattle Public Library

Sensory Story Time is a time for children who may have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum or are sensitive to sensory overload to participate in a guided story time at a local Seattle Public Library. Intended for children ages 10 and under, librarians will use preschool-level books, songs and movement during story times.

To find out specific times, dates and which libraries are participating please visit: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-for-parents-and-caregivers/sensory-story-times/sensory-story-time-calendar

Pacific Science Center Early Open

Exploration for All: Autism Early Open at Pacific Science Center will feature special programming and modified exhibits all catered to families with special needs. The center will open the second Saturday of each month, two hours prior to its opening for the general public, for families with special needs at no cost. Exploration for All is made possible through a grant by Safeco Insurance. The grant will also fund accessibility and inclusion training for staff and volunteers, as well as closed captioning devices for their theaters and special sensory maps for visitors.

2nd Saturday of each month beginning: January 10, 2015 from 8 to 10 am

Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109