Rising Star Open Gym

Rising Star Academy is opening their big gym on Saturday, August 20 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM for kids 5-18.

  • Cookies and punch provided
  • Parent supervision required
  • Must fill out registration form and bring with you

Please RSVP to Katelynn Garman by August 15th.

Rising Star Academy, 2902 Gill Street, Bloomington, IL
Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Wehrenberg Theatres Presents Sensory Friendly Screenings

Wehrenberg Theatres is hosting a sensory friendly movie, monthly, for anyone who might be overstimulated attending a typical movie experience. The show will run with brighter auditorium lights and lower sound. If a higher volume is needed, feel free to ask for a headset at the Guest Services Desk, where they can amplify the dialog from the show. Wehrenberg will also have available Closed Captioned devices for those that would like to read the words from the movie.

With Starplex no longer offering this sensory friendly movie option, Wehrenberg is stepping in to fill the void. Attendance will dictate whether this will continue beyond August.

Special screenings will happen the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Tickets to Sensory Saturday Shows are $5 per person.

Wehrenberg Bloomington Galaxy 14 Cinema, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61705
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
$5 per person

Ice Skating at the Pepsi Ice Center, June 7

Stay cool in June. Join us at the Pepsi Ice Center for some ice skating! We reserved the ice, you pay for skates ($2 rental). All ages are welcome!

Pepsi Ice Center, 201 S Roosevelt Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$2 skate rentals

Swim Event at YMCA

Meet us at the YMCA pool on Saturday, May 14th, from 6:00-7:30 PM. Bring your swimsuit and towel.

Bloomington-Normal YMCA, 602 S. Main Street, Bloomington, IL, 61701
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Autism Awareness Month - 2016

Everyone knows someone with autism

The most recent statistic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 1 in 45 children have autism. That staggering statistic emphasizes how important it is that the central Illinois community becomes aware of the difficulties of living with autism. Autism McLean provides imperative programming to people of all ages living with autism and families whose lives are affected by autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month and Autism McLean has planned a month packed full of events to raise awareness about autism. Also, look for our Autism Awareness electronic billboards on Veterans Parkway!

About Autism McLean

Autism McLean is an all volunteer based group that strives to educate the central Illinois area about autism and fund programs that better the lives of individuals and families of those with autism. For more information, contact

Join us

Please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like movies and Children’s Discovery Museum are often free for our members.

Angry Birds Movie - A Sensory Friendly Showing

Autism McLean (AM) is partnering with Wehrenberg Galaxy 14 to present a sensory friendly showing of the "Angry Bird Movie" on Saturday, May 21. The lights are turned up and sound is turned down. It’s OK if people need to get up and move around or talk.

The movie starts at 11:00 AM, but please be there by 10:40 AM.

All families who have a child with special needs welcome.

There is no cost for AM members. Non-member adults are $7 for and $6 for children (ages 2-11), with 12% off concessions. If you are not an AM member, please view the benefits of being a member and consider joining us. Events like this are often free for our members. Learn more about joining Autism McLean as a member.

Please register here for the movie.

We are looking forward to a great turnout!

Wehrenberg Galaxy 14, 1111 Wylie Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
The movie is free for AM members and $7 for non-member adults and $6 for children. (2-11)

Moe's Southwest Grill Supporting Autism McLean, April 20th

Moe's Southwest Grill will be donating 20% of qualifying proceeds to Autism McLean on Wednesday, April 20th at both the Normal and Bloomington locations. Please present the attached flyer for the discount. Join us for a great meal and a good cause!

2401 East Empire Street Bloomington, IL 61704
1730 Bradford Lane, Suite #195 Normal, IL 61761
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

The Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club (BNYP), will be hosting their 7th annual Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp on Saturday, April 16th, 2016.

All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to Autism McLean for Autism Camp.

Here are the details:

  • The garage sale will be on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM @ the Crossroads Center, 310 Wylie Drive, Suite 450, Normal, IL (near Farm & Fleet and next to Wehrenberg Theaters)
  • The garage sale itself will be a “name your own price” garage sale – no listed prices. The goal is to sell each and every item.
  • All unsold donated items will be given to Mission Mart and Habitat for Humanity's ReStore.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at or 309-319-6006.
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, April 11th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Friday, April 15th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • We’ll have volunteers to help unload and sort your items.
  • If you have items you’d like to donate but cannot make one of the early drop-off dates, please contact Craig Luchtefeld at or 309-319-6006 and we’ll work out a time to retrieve your items.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to help unload or sort items at any one of the early drop-off times, the help would be very much appreciated! You can register to volunteer here:
  • If you’d like to make a monetary donation in lieu of donating garage sale items, we’d welcome the donation!

So, please, help us get the word out for this fundraising event and do some garage sale-ing!

310 Wylie Drive, Suite 450, Normal, IL
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 7:00am to 1:00pm

SSID Valentine's Day Party

SSID is having a Valentine's Day Party for Autism McLean. There will be snacks, games, and fun Valentine's Day related activities for the kids.

Questions? Please contact Jami Kunde at

SSID is a student organization at ISU that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities for students to work with individuals with disabilities.

Activity Room in the Bowling and Billiards Center at ISU
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Noodles Night - All Day Long

Autism Awareness Noodles Night will be Tuesday, April 5th (all day long!) at both locations. For dine in and take out. Please join us for a great meal and a good cause! 10% of sales are donated back to Autism Mclean. Please mention Autism McLean when making your order.

Noodles has been a great supporter of Autism McLean and we truly appreciate their continued support and partnership. Come eat with us!

Noodles & Company, 305 N Veterans Pkwy #105, Bloomington, IL 61704
Noodles & Company, 609 South Main Street, Normal, IL, 61761
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 11:00am to 9:00pm


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