For most parents, going to a place like Chuck-E-Cheese’s can be an absolute nightmare.
Blinking lights, children running around, loud “ding ding dings” when someone wins a jackpot, and don’t even get me started on trying to get the kids to sit down and eat. The overwhelming atmosphere is enough to send anyone into sensory overload.
So you can imagine what the struggle is like for parents with autistic kids. Children who live with a constant sensory overload, taking on the chaos of Chuck-E-Cheese’s—it’s a guaranteed recipe for disaster.
The house of the mouse recently teamed up with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) to host “Sensory Sensitive Sundays.” The experience is designed to mellow the restaurant’s usual noise, and make it a fun time for kids on the spectrum.
The Attleboro, MA, location launched the event on November 6, and others have quickly gotten on board. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Sunday, the lights are dimmed, and noise is reduced. A different location in Glen Burnie, MD, holds a similar event on the second Sunday of every month.
Chuck-E-Cheese’s initiative comes just weeks after Toys’R’Us announced their “quiet holiday hours,” designed with the same goal in mind.