Introduce your family to theater in a non-judgmental environment.

The Grand’s Sensory-Friendly Family Shows welcome children and adults of all ages and abilities to enjoy the experience of live entertainment together.

These performances are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Join us for Bikes & Bubbles during the Wilmington Grand Prix! Saturday, May 14

When the Wilmington Grand Prix returns to Market Street, a new level of family activities will be featured both on the race course and inside the adjacent Grand Opera House.

The Major Taylor Community Ride will honor the first African American World Champion of any kind – Major Taylor won bike races all over the US, Europe and Australia around the year 1900. This free event allows bicyclists a rare opportunity to ride the actual racecourse along Market and King Streets and around Rodney Square. The ride (not a race) starts in front of the Grand Opera House at 11:15am and only a bike and helmet are needed to participate. Advanced registration is required at A full day of professional racing will follow. The public is invited to meet and chat about Major Taylor with author Michael Kranish at 12:30 in the Sarah Bernhardt Salon.

The baby grand lobby will be open as a “sensory rest zone” from 11am to 3pm for bike race attendees needing some quiet time or a quick getaway from the action outside.

Jeff Boyer’s Big Bubble Bonanza

live @ the baby grand, 12:15 pm

This sensory-friendly performance is FREE and fun for all ages and abilities, complete with ASL interpreting.

When you’re finished on your bike, come inside to enjoy a sensory-friendly bubble extravaganza for the whole family! Bubble rainbows with people inside. Audience members making volcano bubbles! Gigantic bubbles that blow their own bubbles? See the newest, funniest, zany spectacular from world-famous, Guinness Book of World Records-holding, master bubble wrangler Jeff Boyer, as he takes bubbles to the max with big bubble flair. Mixing comedy, music, and interactive bubble-magic, Jeff engages and delights all his audiences.

From 1 to 2 pm, the fun moves outside with a hands-on Bubble Fest right on the sidewalk!

The following accommodations are intended to help reduce stress and anxiety for our audience:

FLEXIBLE HOUSE RULES – Audience members are greeted by a relaxed attitude toward noise and moving about during the show. Limited crowd sizes and an open seating arrangement allow patrons to find a place in the theater where they are most comfortable.

Wheelchair seating is available. Please notify the box office at time of purchase.

Tablets, smart phones, and other electronic devices may be used with headphones during the performance. Fidget toys are welcome, and noise-cancelling headphones will be available.

Doors to the theater open one hour before show time.

If cancellation is necessary, a refund will be provided up to 48 hours following the performance. Unused tickets must be presented to the box office. Please call 302-652-5577 for more details.

MODEST PRODUCTION VALUES – Lighting remains on at a low level during the performance. Sound is kept at comfortable levels with no sudden, loud noises.

ASL INTERPRETERS will be provided by SIGNINterpreting Services - working to bridge communication barriers between the deaf/hard of hearing and hearing communities.

QUIET SPACE is available for patrons who may need a break from the performance. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

PRIMING ACTIVITIES – A downloadable Social Story will help patrons prepare for their visit to the theater. Personal tours may be available upon request prior to the day of the show. Please call 302-658-7897 ext. 3300 for more information.

TRAINED STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS – The Grand’s Show Corps is trained to accommodate families’ needs.


Individual contributions are always welcome and may be designated to support this program! Please click on our DONATE NOW button to make your gift today, and indicate “Sensory-Friendly” in the Notes section.


Pamelyn Manocchio
Director of Community Engagement
302-658-7897 x 3300


Social Story for the baby grand

Bubble Show Sensory Guide