KILLEEN, TX — For children with autism or sensory processing issues, many action-packed activities can be too overwhelming. Urban Air, an indoor adventure park in Killeen, hosted a sensory friendly evening Tuesday.
“Our whole motto is we want to have something here for people one to 99. There is something for everybody to do here. We don’t want to exclude anybody so we want to make sure we give them a special time as well,” said Brian Bell, one of the owners of Urban Air Killeen.
The business turned off strobing lights to create a more calming environment.
“It’s a little bit more busy than I thought it would be but it’s nice that they’re taking the music down and they’re having it be a little more quiet,” said Erin Labadie, a mother.
Bell says that it is also an opportunity for parents. “It’s time for parents to interact with their kids and bond with their kids instead of sitting behind the tv playing video games or just watching tv. We can get out and interact with our kids in a fun, friendly environment,” said Bell.
Bell says 20 percent of the proceeds collected that evening will be donated to special needs programs.
Urban Air of Killeen says they will continue the sensory friendly evenings twice a month.