November 22, 2011

Autism-friendly Activities

Posted in Fun Stuff tagged , , , , at 12:17 pm by autismmommytherapist

It’s the holiday season, and along with mistletoe, traffic, and the consumption of far too many carbs, comes the often desperate necessity of keeping my kids entertained. Since the McCafferty family relocated back to New Jersey almost six years ago, we have been fortunate to discover many autism-friendly activities in the area, events that have engaged Justin, my more moderately involved child, as well as Zachary. Given the fact that over the next six weeks my kids will be home almost as much as they’re in school (okay, maybe that’s a SLIGHT exaggeration), I’ve decided to share with all of you “locals” a number of events (and event-related tips) that have kept my kids occupied over the years. I would love to hear how all of you have kept your sanity in tact over the holidays/winter break, and will happily showcase your favorite holiday spot here at AMT. Please feel free to leave suggestions here, or on Facebook, with all the necessary information attached. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and thanks in advance for your contributions!

Just to get you started: (A few of these tips/events have kept me and Jeff from running off to a commune by the middle of the kids’ vacation, I highly recommend checking them out!).

1) Monmouth Museum

December 4th 2:00-3:00  Songs of the Season

December 11th 2:00-3:00  Scavenger Hunt

December 18th 2:00-3:00 Holiday Crafts

They also run a wonderful train exhibit from 11/20 through New Year’s.  Both Zach and Justin still love the trains.  The Sunday activities are more Zach’s style.

2) Jenkinson’s Aquarium Sea of Lights

12/18, 12/19, 12/26, 12/27, 1/2   6:00-9:00  $6 admission

There may be a bit of a wait to get in, so we try to arrive a few minutes before 6:00.  There are crafts, and the aquarium is decorated beautifully.  More of an activity for Zach.

3) Mall Santa- Wednesday before Thanksgiving

Trust me, nobody is at the mall that day, no lines for Santa! Contact your local mall for Santa’s schedule.

4) Santa at Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop

Free pictures with Santa, 12/3 and 12/10, 1:00-4:00

Both kids did well with this, and it’s free!


  1. Mom said,

    The Camden Aquarium is also a good holiday adventure, although pricey. The 3D movie is always fun at holiday time! Nice idea to share all these places daughter.

  2. Misifusa said,

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

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