Special Needs Calendar – March 2017

The Little Lake County Special Needs Calendar is brought to you by Pediatric Interactions.

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.

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March Events for Children with Special Needs

Special Night for Special Needs
1 March 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!

Parent/Tot Time Out
1,8, 15, 22 & 29 March 11:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lippert Community Center Gym, 2200 Grass Lake Rd., Lindenhurst
This program is for you if you need to get out of the house, want to meet other parents, and let your children burn off some energy. Equipment such as balls, mats, tunnels, and toys will be available for your child to play with while you chat with other parents or join in on the fun. This is a drop-in program; no instruction provided. Parents must supervise their children at all times. Age: 0-5 years with parent/caregiver.

First Fridays at Hippo Campus
3 March 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hippo Campus, 401 E. Route 60, Volo
First Fridays are celebrated with special extended hours and activities the first Friday of the month. Themes and activities change monthly.

Show ME Playgroup
3, 17 & 31 March 8:30 a.m – 9:30 a.m.
Pediatric Interactions, 15 Commerce Drive, Suite 116, Grayslake
Pediatric Interactions is starting a drop-in play group, led by a developmental therapist, for children 1-5 years of age. Come and learn more about what your child should be doing and what you can do at home to help your child. Cost is $5 per family.

“Special” Hours in the Neighborhood
3 & 17  March 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Round Lake Children’s Neighborhood Museum, 814 Hart Rd., Round Lake
Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC) has teamed up with the Children’s Neighborhood Museum to offer special hours for families with children, ages 1-6, with physical and/or developmental disabilities. $5 per child.

Mommy and Me Painting
3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March 9:30 a.m.
Pediatric Interactions West, 665 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry
Join us every Friday in March at Pediatric Interactions in McHenry to listen to a short story about one of the Characters of Character and then paint them together with your child! Children ages 2-4 with a grown-up. $10 per class (additional children $5). Payments will be made at the time of each class. All painting materials are included (please bring your own smock) and you walk away with wonderful visual reminders of life lessons!

Open Play
3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March 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.

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. Grown-ups enjoy a free cup of coffee during the storytime.

Friday Night Dance Party
Every Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Denise Sabala Dance Studios, 560 W Main St., Lake Zurich
This 45 minutes class is catered to special needs students. We will explore our body’s space around us through rhythm, music, socialization, and dancing!

SRSNLC Playtime
10 March 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. & 11 March 9:30 a.m. -1 0:30 a.m.
Round Lake Area Park District, Teen/Youth Center, 814 Hart Rd., Round Lake
Join SRSNLC at the Teen/Youth Center for some playtime with your tot. We will have age-appropriate activities set up for you and your tot to work on socialization, gross and fine motor skills, as well as sensory play.

Open Gym
10 March 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Leisure Center, 2400 Dowie Memorial Dr, Zion
Stop by for Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County (SRSNLC) Open Gym. This is an opportunity to come in and shoot some hoops, play a fun game of volleyball and duck from a dodge ball. Activities are loosely organized and individuals are able to pick the activity they would enjoy.

Sensory Storytime: Dr Seuss
11 March 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Warren Newport Public Library, Storytime Room, 224 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee
This series of storytimes engages all of the senses through music, movement, stories and play. Our non-traditional storytime format is designed for children who have autism, difficulties with sensory processing, or simply sitting still. Registration required.

Down Syndrome Developmental Council (DDC) Monthly Playgroup
16 March, 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. PLEASE RSVP to Kris Murray at (847) 630-4991; Spanish speaking families should contact Maria at (847) 219-9200.

Autism Family Cares Spring Playdate
18 March 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hippo Campus, 401 E. Route 60, Volo
Autism Family Cares invites you to a free private party play date! This event is for families with children on the autism spectrum. This is not a drop-off event, adult must stay with child(ren). Siblings are welcome. Suggested ages for Hippo Campus are 10 years and younger. Feel free to bring snacks. The private party ends at noon when Hippo Campus opens to the public, but you are welcome to stay and play all day! Registration is only required for the children for attendance purposes.

Special Needs Thursdays
23 March 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Bella’s Bouncies Indoor Center, 1600 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa
Join us for a Bella’s Bouncies experience tailored to your special needs child. Admission is $9 per child..

Sensory Storytime
25 March 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Deerfield Public Library, Youth Program Room, 920 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
Join us for an inclusive and interactive storytime filled with stories, songs, sensory play, and socialization! Children of all abilities with their siblings and caregivers are welcome. Please register the child(ren) only.

Clearbrook’s Take-a-Break Program
25 March Call for Times
Douglas House, 732 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan
Take a break with Clearbrook! This afternoon respite program is for families with children with disabilities infant to four years old. Parents can use this program to relax, run errands, or go to appointments while their child is looked after by caring and trained staff. Your child can learn to socialize and reduce separation anxiety from their caregivers in a safe environment. Please call Tina Yurik at (847) 291-6971 ext. 227 or email at tyurk@clearbrook.org to reserve a spot for your family. Advanced registration is required for planning. Program is first-come, first-served.

Neighborhood Parents Network Developmental Differences Resource Fair
26 March, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California Ave, Chicago
Come to the 6th annual fair is dedicated to providing Chicago families with school options, service providers and other resources that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences.  This event is designed for families with children ages infant through 8th grade. Learn more about advocating for therapies, advocating in the CPS school district, and advocating beyond tradition therapies. This free event is intended for adults only.

Sensory Friendly Showing – Boss Baby
2 April, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Antioch Theatre, 378 Lake St., Antioch
$6 per person
The Antioch Theatre and Autism Family Cares present a sensory friendly movie showing for children and families with special needs. This month’s movie will be Boss Baby. Tickets are available at the box office or online. Cost is $6 per person. The sound will be turned down and the lights will be turned up. If you cannot stay, refunds will be available until 10:30. Handicap parking is available at Polsen’s Health Foods.

Sensory Sensitive Sundays
2 April, 9:00 -11:00 a.m. 

Chuck E Cheese Vernon Hills , 700 N Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills
Enjoy games and food with reduced lighting and noise.  Staff will be trained and caring about autism and other special needs.

Soothing Bunny
8 April, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
Hawthorn Mall is partnering with the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL) and Autism Family Cares to host “Soothing Bunny,” and opportunity for children with Autism and other special needs (and their siblings) to visit the Easter Bunny in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment. Pictures are available for purchase from Cherry Hill. The first 100 children will receive a Hawthorn Mall Easter Bunny stuffed animal and be able to participate in our Easter Craft. Maggiano’s will also provide a quiet area in their restaurant for some light refreshments after you get your picture taken.

4th Annual Beeping Egg Hunt
8 April, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Chicago Lighthouse, 222 Waukegan Rd, Glenview
Children with visual impairments & their families are invited to join in on the fun at our 4th Annual Beeping Egg Hunt on April 8 in Glenview!This is an excellent opportunity for children with visual impairments to utilize multiple senses and make new friends!  There will be treats for all and an ice cream social following the egg hunt.  You must RSVP by April 1st.



Pediatric Interactions

Pediatric Interactions is a speech and language clinic located in Grayslake and McHenry that supports independence and self-esteem using creative therapy approaches. Pediatric Interactions provides FREE developmental screenings, individual and group therapy, classes, workshops and other resources to help children better communicate.

Disclosure: Pediatric Interactions is a paid sponsor of the Little Lake County Special Needs Calendar. To have your events added or to sponsor the guide please contact Melissa at melissa.haak{at}LittleLakeCounty{dot}com














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