It's something that can make all the difference for families with special needs children, and luckily sensory-friendly activities are becoming more and more popular at the Jersey Shore.

One local theatre is planning a sensory-friendly show AND donating a portion of the ticket sales to a local charity!

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Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank will host an autism/sensory-friendly performance of The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters the Musical.

The show is Thursday, February 25th at 4:30 p.m., with tickets priced from $20-$25.

$2 from every ticket goes to POAC Autism Services, a 501(c)3 non-profit charity based in Brick that provides free autism services and educational training throughout the state, hosts all kinds of free fun and autism-friendly family events during the year, and works to raise autism awareness and support research efforts.

According to a press release, during the sensory-friendly show, theatergoers will be allowed to bring in their own snacks, iPads, or other "comfort" items. Additionally, the Basie will hold two "Meet Your Seat" events in the weeks leading up to the show so that families can check out the theatre while it's empty, allowing the kids to get comfortable with the room.

It's really awesome that they're putting so much effort into making sure it's a positive experience for all of the families. Hopefully there's more of this to come!

Tickets for the show are on sale now through the Basie Box Office and online and (And stay tuned over the next few weeks, because you might be able to win your tickets from the Point!)

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