Children with special needs and their families don’t have to miss out on childhood fun. Many of our local facilities offer special events, nights, hours and more in a way that makes them easier for children with special needs to manage. We’ve rounded them up in this month’s Special Needs Calendar. Unless otherwise stated, all events require preregistration. See the event listings for more information and to register.
August Events for Children with Special Needs
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
Special Night for Special Needs
1 August, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Jump America, 880 Lakeside Drive, Gurnee
Special Needs Night is held on the first Wednesday of every month; enjoy jumping with low noise and little distraction
Sensory Sensitive Sundays
5 August, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Chuck E Cheese, 700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills
Enjoy games and food with reduced lighting and noise. Staff is trained and caring about autism and other special needs.
Do’s and Don’ts of Potty Training
8 August, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Mobile Therapy Centers of America, Libertyville
his is a free event so come learn strategies to help train your child to use the toilet!
3rd Annual Autism Family Cares Back to School Picnic
12 August 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.
Lakewood Forest Preserve, Shelter E, 27277 N. Forest Preserve Rd., Wauconda
A free picnic for children diagnosed with autism and their families! There will be an inflatable obstacle course, balloon artist, face painter, and outdoor games. Food will be provided with vegan and gluten free options. Please register as space is limited. Sign up at autismfamilycares.com
18 August 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein
This special storytime includes 20 minutes of interactive stories, rhymes, and movement, plus 40 minutes of adaptive free play led by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Designed for children ages 3-10 with developmental disabilities.
Down Syndrome Developmental Council (DDC) Monthly Playgroup
21 August, 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.
Do you know of a program or event we missed? Share it in the comments so we can add it!
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