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The Bushnell Events - 2020 Sensory Friendly Events


April 25, 2020, 11:00am Run time; 60 Minutes. Autorino Great Hall

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Please use the code RELAX19 when purchasing online or via The Bushnell Box Office. Per our ticketing policies, everyone attending the show must have a paid ticket, regardless of age.

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Now, as the GRAMMY-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they write songs to encourage kids and families to get outside and get creative. Their brand new album Winterland, is a tribute to the season of coziness, family time, and outdoor fun! This cold-weather project is the follow-up to their wildly popular Adventure Album trilogy which was inspired by their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River (Can You Canoe?), their month-long trek along the Appalachian Trail (Through The Woods) and a joyous horseback adventure through the American West (Saddle Up). With songs written under wide-open skies and harmonies fine-tuned around the campfire, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Movie Screening: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 1;30 pm. Run Time: 112 minutes.  Autorino Great Hall
This is a FREE event!

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Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, "Sugar Rush." In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet -- the netizens -- to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube. To reserve your seats, please call the Box Office at 860-987-5900.
May 15, 2020. Run Time: 6 - 8:30pm. Autorino Great Hall

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Young adults on the Autism spectrum age 18+ are invited for a social at The Bushnell - food, activities, and music! Admission is $10 per person. For tickets, please call the Box Office at 860-987-5900.

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Lego Sculptures - March 21, 2020, 11:00 am. Run Time: 1 hour. Goldfarb Classroom
Build, rebuild & connect! A fun hour of functional play in a supportive environment. Lego bricks provided. Parents are welcome. This workshop is based on the specific needs of children on the Autism spectrum.The workshop is geared towards children ages 5 and up. Workshops are $5 per child. Limited space available.
To reserve your spot, please call the Education department at 860-987-5909.

Yoga, June 6, 2020. 11:00am. Run Time: 1 hour. Goldfarb Classroom
Look, see, listen & make art! Participants work at their own pace in a supportive and fun environment, emphasizing creativity. All materials are provided. The finished art works will be part of a gallery exhibit at The Bushnell in April. Parents are welcome. This workshop is based on the specific needs of children on the Autism spectrum.The workshop is geared towards children ages 3 and up.
Workshops are $5 per child. Limited space available. To reserve your spot, please call the Education department at 860-987-5909.

About Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Programming: Relaxed performances 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 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 lobby spaces, staffed with autism specialists
    •Space throughout the theater for standing and movement
  • Limited crowds and visitors at The Bushnell during the day and timing of the performance
  • Bushnell staff and volunteers are trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs

The Bushnell is committed to making its performances and facilities accessible to all our patrons.  If you have questions or would like to receive additional information about accessibility at The Bushnell, please call (860) 987-6000 or email

Celebrating 80 years, The Bushnell is Connecticut’s premier performing arts center, hosting more than 350 events yearly, including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, local arts and community events.  The Bushnell is home to two theaters- the historic 2,800-seat Mortensen Hall, and the 907-seat Belding Theater, a state-of-the-art performance hall that opened in 2001.  The Bushnell’s nationally recognized, award-winning, arts-in-education program, PARTNERS® (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools), now in its 18th year, continues to provide quality arts-in-education programs for schools and communities across Connecticut. The Bushnell opened in January 1930 and is a not-for-profit organization that is proud to serve Connecticut and its citizens. For more information, call The Bushnell at (860) 987-6000, The Bushnell Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or visit our website at
The Bushnell is located at 166 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut.
From I-91 North and Southbound - Take Capitol Area Exit 29A. Go straight to the rotary. Go halfway around rotary, and bear right onto Elm Street. Take first left onto West Street. Take right onto Capitol Avenue. The Bushnell is one block on the right.
From I-84 Eastbound - Take Capitol Avenue/Asylum Street Exit 48B. Bear right for Capitol Avenue. At light, turn left onto Capitol Avenue. The Bushnell is one block down on the left.
From I-84 Westbound - Take exit 50, Main Street. At 2nd traffic light, make left onto Main Street. At 10th traffic light, make right onto Capitol Avenue. The Bushnell is three blocks down on the right.
The Bushnell Box Office is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is closed on Sunday (except on performance days, when we open at noon). The Box Office is also open on performance evenings through intermission.
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