About Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Programming

Relaxed performances and events are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.

Slight adjustments to the production are made and accommodations for these performances and events will include:

  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds;
  • Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance;
  • A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience;
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
  • Designated quiet areas within the theater, staffed with autism specialists;
  • Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
  • Limited crowds and visitors at the The Bushnell during the day and timing of the performance; and
  • Bushnell staff and volunteers trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

To prepare for your trip to The Bushnell, review our Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed FAQ:


Remaining 2019/2020 Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Events


Okee Dokee Brothers - April 25, 2020 | 11am | POSTPONED | Read COVID-19 Health & Safety Update


Friday Night Social - May 15, 2020 | 6pm


Hands on Workshop: Lego Sculptures - March 21, 2020 | 11am | POSTPONED | Read COVID-19 Health & Safety Update

Hands on Workshop: Yoga - June 6, 2020 | 11am