We’ve rounded up this month’s events for families and children with special needs. Unless otherwise stated, all events require preregistration. See the event listings for more information and to register.
April Events for Children with Special Needs
Weekly Events for Children with Special Needs
Special Olympics Gymnastics Team
The GymSpot Champions
GymSpot in Mundelein, 915 Tower Rd., Mundelein
The GymSpot is looking for children of all ages to join their Special Olympics Team. Practice is on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and all ages and abilities are welcome. Contact the GymSpot at (847) 949-7768 for more information and to register.
Friday Night Dance Party
Every Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Denise Sabala Dance Studios, 560 W Main St., Lake Zurich
This 45-minute class is catered to special needs students. Explore your body’s space around you through rhythm, music, socialization, and dancing!
Single Day Events for Children with Special Needs
15 April 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Dr., Northbrook
Join Keshet and JCC Chicago for a special sensory-friendly open swim opportunity. A lifeguard will be present for this family swim at the Bernard Weinger JCC pool.
Autism Awareness Storytime
17 April 6:00 p.m.
Fremont Public Library, Mundelein
Join us for an interactive reading of “We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!” to help spread awareness for Autism. Elmo and the Sesame Street pals go on a playdate with their new friend Julia, who has Autism. Let’s help spread awareness and learn more about the resources out there.
Down Syndrome Developmental Council (DDC) Monthly Playgroup
17 April, call for time
Pediatric Interactions, 649 Barron Blvd., Grayslake
All family members are invited for an interactive group play therapy session. The session is led by a developmental therapist and hosted by various DDC parents, and includes dinner. A Spanish language interpreter is available with advance notice. FREE of charge. PLEASE RSVP to Kris Murray at (847) 630-4991; Spanish speaking families should contact Maria at (847) 219-9200.
20 April 11:00 a.m.
Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukgean Rd., Deerfield
An inclusive and interactive storytime filled with stories, songs, sensory play, and socialization! Children of all abilities with their siblings and caregivers are welcome. No registration required! Please let us know if any accommodations are required.
29 April 2:00 p.m.
Lake Forest Library, 360 E. Deerpath Rd., Lake Forest
Take part in an interactive storytime featuring stories, songs, and activities. Perfect for children who have difficulty sitting still during a traditional storytime or have special needs.