Special NeedsSensory-Friendly Events for Kids with Special Needs

We welcome all children who meet program guidelines to our events. However, we understand that some kids have special needs that make attending certain programs challenging.

Listed below are sensory-friendly movie screenings and encounters with outside performers. Also listed are programs that, while not designed specifically for kids with special needs, may have particular appeal.

Sensory-Friendly Events

  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come in your PJs and bring your favorite blankie or lovie for bedtime stories, songs, and a craft. Ages 3 and up.
  • Spring StoryWalk
    When: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new spring story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the spring.
  • Spring StoryWalk
    When: Monday, May 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new spring story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the spring.
  • Community Play Day
    When: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Come early to meet friends old and new for unstructured play time. We'll join you at 11:00 for stories and songs. In partnership with the "Let’s Play!" initiative of The Alliance for Early Childhood.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Maple Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Dave DiNaso's Traveling World of Reptiles (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kids with special needs and their families are invited to this sensory-friendly, up-close, live, hands-on experience about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Registration starts June 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 14 for nonresidents.
  • Family PlayLab: Cardboard Build
    When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come build and play in a huge cardboard creation. Building ends at 10:45, but the creation will remain in the Youth Program Room until 3:00 for play and exploration. All ages.
  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Maple Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Stories in Vattmann Park
    When: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.

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