World Autism Awareness Day

News| 28th March 2024
World Autism Awareness Day
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In support of the World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday 2 April, we have summarised a list of sensory experiences offered by our retailers to accommodate a more enjoyable experience for those who need it:


LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is hosting a low sensory session on 2 April, offering special accommodations such as:

  • Reduced sound and light levels in specific areas
  • Quiet spaces available
  • Limited Centre capacity
  • Specially trained staff
  • This event is designed to cater to sensory-sensitive individuals and those with special needs, both children and adults.T&Cs apply.

Please Note: The attraction will open to the general public at 9 am, with lights, sounds, and music returning to normal. Adults visiting without children must exit by 9 am.


Legoland offers low sensory sessions throughout the year. Discover more here to find out more.


Experience sensory screenings once a month at Hoyts Chadstone.

Enjoy family favourites in a sensory-friendly cinema environment, specially designed for guests with autism, sensory difficulties, or learning impairments.

Hoyts will dim the lights and adjust the volume to create a calming and accepting atmosphere where everyone can feel safe.

During the sensory screenings:

  • Keep the house lights on throughout the movie.
  • Lower the audio volume.
  • Open the cinema doors early to allow guests time to acclimate to the surroundings.

Sensory films are generally held on the last Sunday of every month. Please see upcoming films below:

  • April: Kung Fu Panda 4
  • May: IF
  • June: Inside Out
  • July: Despicable Me



Coles Chadstone offers customers a low-sensory shopping experience by making small changes in-store for a full 60 minutes, aimed at improving accessibility.

These changes, such as reduced sound and lighting, are designed to support customers who may find high-sensory environments challenging.

During Quiet Hour:

  • Coles Radio volume will be lowered on participating Tuesdays
  • Register and scanner volumes will be minimized.
  • PA announcements will be limited to emergencies only.
  • Additional team members will be on hand to assist customers.

Please find Chadstone's Quiet Hour sessions below:

  • Tuesday, 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Monday - Friday, 6.00pm - 7.00pm



Target Chadstone is hosting sensory hours on the April 2nd to raise awareness for World Autism Day. From 5pm-7pm, they will be switching off the music and lower the sound of their registers.



Chadstone offers sensitive Santa photography sessions. Stay tuned for further details to be released ahead of the festive seasons.

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