Our Special Needs Calendar is presented by Rhythm Works Dance at LoMastro Performing Arts Academy
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.
October Special Needs Calendar
Sensory Story Time
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.
Hippo Campus, 401 E. Route 60, Volo
Storytime and activity are included in the daily admission fee of $10. Adults enjoy a free cup of coffee during the storytime.
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.
Rhythm Works Integrative Dance
Days and times vary – Session starts September 11
Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is a ground-breaking rhythm and dance class that uses evidence-based therapeutic practices to achieve developmental goals. Classes available for ages 3 through teens. See website for registration information and class times.
Single Day Events
First Fridays at Hippo Campus
6 October, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Hippo Campus, 401 IL-60, Volo
First Friday’s are special extended hours and activities the first Friday of the month. Themes and activities change monthly.
Quiet Hour – Cook Library’s Touch the Trucks
14 October, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cook Park, 413 North Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
There will be no sirens, horns, bells, whistles, or buzzers. Those who are scared or bothered by loud noises can enjoy this annual event in peace.
Kids Club Halloween
14 October, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Gigi’s Play House, 5404 W Elm St, Ste A. McHenry
This program will help promote friendships, social skills and peer interactions through creative and social activities. Recommended for youth who are 9-12 years old
Sensory Movie Matinee: Moana
15 October, 2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Warren-Newport Public LIbrary, 224 O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee
*Registration Required* Sensory-friendly screenings are designed for children with special needs, using quieter volume and lowered lights. Animal crackers and water are provided.
Down Syndrome Developmental Council (DDC) Monthly Playgroup
18 October, 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.
Guided Forest Therapy Walk
21 October, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W Brandenburg Rd, Ingleside
The Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Programs has developed guided walks that help participants create or deepen meaningful relationships with nature. Walks are typically 2-3 hours and cover a mile or less. Guides rely on sensory awareness and shared observations to create a meaningful and fun experience. You’re invited to join Linda Karlen, trained Forest Therapy Guide. Geared to adults and interested youth ages 11 and up. Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or email@example.com
Everyone at play
22 October, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
This special morning event offers free admission for families with children with special needs to explore the Museum exhibits in a controlled, quieter environment. *Registration required*
Special Needs Halloween Party
22 October, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Rd., Northbrook
The 10th annual event is open to the public. Contact the YMCA at 847-272-7250 for details.
Special Needs Carnival at Halloween Fest
27 October 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Antioch Bandshell, Skidmore Ave., Antioch
Register your Special Needs Family (families with a special needs child qualify, free carnival rides 1-3 pm for a family of 4).
Special Needs Fall Fun at the Farm
28 October, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Kroll’s Harvest Farm, 13236 Townline Rd., Waukegan
Enjoy a complimentary pumpkin, hayride, walk through the corn maze and fun with the animals at the petting zoo. Pizza will be served at 11:30 at the farm! *Registration Required*
Do you know of a program or event we missed? Share it in the comments so we can add it!
LoMastro Performing Arts Academy is the North Shore’s premiere performing arts academy offering classes in it’s Lake Forest studio and out of the Gorton Community Center. LoMastro prides itself on small class sizes and dedicated distinguished instructors. They offer classes in dance, voice, acting, music, and tumbling for babies and toddlers through teens.
Their newest offering Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is a ground-breaking rhythm and dance class that uses evidence-based therapeutic practices to achieve developmental goals. The teachers work together with developmental teams to incorporate elements and strategies that best support your dancer’s needs and learning style. The 1st class is a shortened individual assessment. Classes are offered for Early Childhood (age 3) through teen (17). Sessions are 10 weeks and the first session starts on September 11. See the website for class times and registration information.
New Students save 10% using code LLCPLAYS at registration
LoMastro Performing Arts Academy
840 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045
Satellite Location: Gorton Community Center
400 East Illinois, Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-615-5400 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Disclosure: LoMastro Performing Arts Academy is a paid advertising sponsor of the Little Lake County Special Needs Calendar.