Thanks to Champion Autism Network, based in Surfside Beach, families can depend on sensory friendly events throughout the year. Present your CAN card for discounted admission fees. To get your card, visit the CAN website. Families from far away and local are all invited to Play With Us!

Sensory Friendly Movie, Spiderman: No way home- The More Fun Stuff Version

September 3, 10:00 am, Grand 14 Movie Theater, Market Common

Bring your CAN card and get in for free thanks to The Mightier! Doors open at 9:30. Lights will be up, sounds will be down and people can move about freely. Popcorn and drinks are available for $1 each!

Birthday Bowling Bash

September 18, 11 am

Myrtle Beach Bowl will be set up just for CAN’s guests. The lights will be up and  sound will be down and all can move about freely. Games cost $1, shoe rentals are $1 and delicious snacks such as hotdogs, chicken nuggets or grilled cheese, will be available at a discounted price. At 12:15 CAN will celebrate all the September birthdays with cupcakes courtesy of Kroger’s Carolina Forest. Parents and caregivers must be present at this event.

Estate Planning Plus for Children with Disabilities

September 20, 5:00 pm, Chapin Library

You may think it’s too early to plan for your child’s adult years, but planning should really start now. With the help of a lawyer, you will learn how to set up an estate or trust that will cover your child’s finances for their lifetime. Topics he will cover include transition and continuum of support and care, and issues relating to legal, medical, financial as well as support services for families with children who have spectrum disorders. The event is free but registration is required: Laura 843-918-1282 or email reference@chapinlibrary.org.

Family Fun Day at Myrtle Beach State Park

September 24, 9:00 am 

Show your CAN card at the entrance to attend at $8 per car load. This should prove to be an exciting day! At 9:00 a.m. the day begins at the fishing pier where you can see fishermen reel in all sorts of interesting fish including sharks! Sometimes sea turtles are visible right over the railing. Between 10 and 11, a park ranger will be at the nature center with live creatures for viewing and even touching. They might have crabs, snails or even snakes! Shelter B-3 is reserved for us and can be used for rest or play at any time during the morning. Please bring your own lunch and join us in the shelter for a meal. Make a day of it and bring swimming gear too!

Sensory Friendly Movie: Lyle, Lyle Crocodile

October 8, Grand 14 Movie Theater, Market Common

Bring your CAN card and get in for free thanks to The Mightier! Doors open at 9:30. Movie starts at 10:00 am. Lights will be up, sounds will be down and people can move about freely. Popcorn and drinks are available for $1 each!

Birthday Bash Bowling

October 9, 11:00 am 

Myrtle Beach Bowl will be set up just for CAN’s guests. The lights will be up and sound will be down and all can move about freely. Games cost $1, shoe rentals are $1 and delicious snacks such as hotdogs, chicken nuggets or grilled cheese, will be available at a discounted price. At 12:15 CAN will celebrate all the October birthdays with cupcakes courtesy of Kroger’s Carolina Forest. Parents and caregivers must be present at this event.

Best of the Beach Balls Meatball Competition

October 29, 11-2:00 pm Yaupon Parking Lot, Surfside Beach, SC

This is not to be missed! This annual event raises money for Champion Autism Network. All are invited to enter their favorite meatballs and get judged against local, celebrity, professional and home chefs. If you're more interested in eating, then for a small fee you can eat until you can’t stand the sight of another meatball and then vote for your favorite. The children will have their own play area and local vendors will be sharing their products. In addition to loads of food, the Halloween Antique Car Show will be taking place all along Surfside Drive. If you’d like to get really involved, contact CAN about sponsorship and vendor opportunities to promote your business. stephanie@championautismnetwork.com. Check CAN’s website for updates and admission fees.

Whatever you plan to do, make sure to take advantage of CAN supportive events. They welcome everyone and promote a friendly and playful atmosphere for all. Check their Facebook group for new additions.