Engaging your child is sensory play is often just what the doctor ordered. Great for both special needs children and the small set in general, sensory play activates their developing sense of “the big 5” in a fun way. Read on for five sensational spots for sensory fun in Atlanta.


Gymboree Play & Music
Gymboree offers a wide variety of multi-sensory classes that are appropriate for ages 0-5 years. There are the traditional play and learn classes in which children are taken through a seven-level program at their own pace. They also have music, art and sports classes. Don’t forget the School Skills Class which caters to 3, 4, and 5 year olds and helps them gain a solid foundation for future learning. 4920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 404-256-2223


Sensations Therafun
Sensations Therafun prides themselves on offering an alternative fun place for therapy that is outside the therapists’ office. Open to all ages and physical abilities, their facility is filled with tons of neat active play options including climbing walls, monkey bars, suspended swings and even a zip line. They also have an art room and a huge kitchen for group cooking classes and camps. Take advantage of their “try before you buy” philosophy—and, before you leave—stop by the store where they offer sensory motor products, in-home therapeutic tools and books. 1704 Chantilly Dr., 404-634-3500


Load up the kiddos and hop on over to HippoHopp for some true multi-sensory fun. A family owned business that is a popular parent’s pick among bounce spots, HippoHopp delights itself on being a clean and green space for children to play. Their indoor playground is amazing offering an obstacle course, slides, inflatables, air hockey, giant building blocks, play houses, riding toys and bouncing balls for kids (babies to age 12). Have some breakfast, lunch or dinner at the HippoCafe where they offer a diverse selection that includes organic and natural foods. 1936 Briarwood Ct., 404-634-4964

Champion Kids

Champion Kids
Champion Kids is fun for all little ones in their 25, 000 sq ft facility. They are run and operated by a recreational and play therapist. If you have a special needs child you may want to consider one of their classes just for special needs kids. Along with open playtime they have camps, music, gymnastics and dance classes. They are open Saturday and Sunday for birthday parties only. As an added bonus they have a Montessori preschool program onsite. 1465 Canton Rd., Marietta, 770-874-5200


Mayor’s Grove Playground
Mayor’s Grove, located smack dab in the middle of the Piedmont Park (between the Active Oval and Clara Meer Pond), will make your kid ready for a nap in no time with rock climbing, tunnels, bridges and slides galore. The sensory-rich playground offers play structures safe and fun for kids with or without special needs. 1320 Monroe Dr. NE

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Jessica Obenschain

Photos courtesy of Gymboree, HippoHopp and Campion Kids via Facebook, Piedmont Park, and axi11a via flickr on Creative Commons