Dedicated performances for individuals with sensory sensitivities. 

Des Moines Performing Arts is excited to continue a sensory-friendly initiative as part of the Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Family Series.

Sensory-friendly performances are geared towards individuals with sensory sensitivities. These dedicated performances will contain all the joy of a typical theater setting with a few adjustments to help those in attendance feel more comfortable. This will include alterations to light and sound, a variety of seating options, an environment that will encourage movement and breaks when needed, ASL interpretation and staff that will welcome guests from the moment they arrive. Families who do not require these accommodations are still welcome to attend.

Questions regarding these performances can be directed to the Des Moines Performing Arts Ticket Office at 515-246-2300 or by emailing us.



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- Des Moines second-grader, after attending Applause Series performance

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Upcoming Events with Sensory-Friendly Performances


April 1, 2023 Get Tickets


April 29, 2023 Get Tickets
Sensory-Friendly Performance Resources

Click for the Social Narrative to help you prepare for the performance.

Click for the Picture Schedule to guide your experience.


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