Children with special needs don’t need to miss out on regular fun and open play. 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.
December Special Needs Calendar
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 6-7:30 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.
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm St., McHenry
Families and their friends are invited to the playhouse for playtime. Open play helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down syndrome, creates awareness opportunities for peers and friends, and provides support and networking for families. Come ready for fun and a crazy good time! Open to families with children of all ages and their friends.
Single Day Events for Children with Special Needs
Special Night for Special Needs
6 December 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Jump America, 880 Lakeside Dr., Gurnee
Enjoy jumping with low noise and little distraction! $8 per jumper, one parent jump free.
17 December 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. Cost is $20
Down Syndrome Developmental Council (DDC) Monthly Playgroup
19 December, call for time
15 Commerce Drive, Suite 116, 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. RSVP to Kris Murray at (847) 630-4991; Spanish speaking families should contact Maria at (847) 219-9200.
Chicago Parent Playdate – Special Needs Edition
11 February 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California Ave., Chicago
An all-inclusive day of fun for families that will include acoustic musicians and entertainers, bounce houses, games, activities for kids with special needs and their siblings and valuable information for their parents. A quiet room will be available. Cost is $5