Lake County Special Needs Calendar – April 2015

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

We’ve rounded up this month’s events for families and children with special needs. Unless otherwise stated all events require pre-registration. See the event listings for more information and to register.

Open Play
April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. , GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 West Elm St., McHenry
This program invites families and their friends 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, as well as support and networking for current families. Come ready for fun and a crazy good time!  Open to families with children of all ages and their friends.

Sensory Storytime
April 4, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. , Warren Newport Public Library, 225 O’Plaine Rd Gurnee
This series of storytimes engages all of the senses through music, movement, stories and play. This non-traditional storytime format is designed for children who have autism, difficulties with sensory processing, or simply sitting still. Registration required, for children between 4 and 8 years old.

Special Needs Open Gym
April 4, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Kids in Action Gymnastics Academy, 28039 West Northpointe Parkway, Barrington
On the first Saturday of each month and on occasional District 220 institute days, BASV hosts open gyms at Kids in Action Gymnastics Academy. Our free open gyms are open to any child (and their siblings and friends) with an IEP or 504 that is a member of BASV.  Open gyms provide a great and therapeutic outlet for kids and an ideal time for parents to network. Pre-registration is required. Non-members of BASV are invited to attend an open gym to come and check-out the fun for free.  You can become a member of BASV for just $35 annually at this website.

Special Night for Special Needs
April 6, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Jump America, 880 Lakeside Drive, Gurnee
Join us for Special Needs Night the first Monday of every month starting April 6th & enjoy jumping with low noise and little distraction!

Take a Break Afternoons
April 9, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  SRSNLC-Waukegan, Douglas House, 732 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan
FREE But RSVP Requested for staffing. Clearbrook’s Take a Break Afternoon program is proud to offer support to families with children with special needs 5 years and younger and their siblings. It provides an opportunity for families to take a scheduled “afternoon break” once a month, Children have an opportunity to play, make crafts, and meet new friends in a supervised setting. Come for one hour, or two or all three! Call Tina at 847-291-6971 x227 to reserve a spot.

Take A Break Afternoons
April 9, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Forrestal Elementary School, 2833 Washington Ave, North Chicago
FREE But RSVP Requested for staffing. Clearbrook’s Take a Break Afternoon program is proud to offer support to families with children with special needs 5 years and younger and their siblings. It provides an opportunity for families to take a scheduled “afternoon break” once a month, Children have an opportunity to play, make crafts, and meet new friends in a supervised setting. Come for one hour, or two or all three! Call Tina at 847-291-6971 x227 to reserve a spot.

Singing and Signing Class
Fridays April 10-May 1 (one session each Friday), 9:30-10:15, Pediatric Interactions, 15 Commerce Dr., Suite 116, Grayslake
Come learn new songs and signs to encourage Communication and Socialization. Facilitated by a speech-language pathologist and handouts will be provided. Suggested age: 6 months to 3 years old with a grown up. Drop in rate $12/class or Tuition $40 for full 4-week session, however, additional financial assistance may be available (request can be made to:  info@weebitsforfamilies.org). Registration online or call 224-360 -2542.

4th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair
April 17,  5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Spectrum Support, 1575 West Lake Shore Drive, Woodstock
FREE. Spectrum Support and Options & Advocacy have worked together to co-host an event to bring together families and resources to help enrich the lives of their special needs children. Come out and get resources from schools, agencies, support groups, advocates, physicians, therapists, product suppliers and more.

Sensory Friendly Films
April 18, 10:00 a.m.  Participating AMC Theaters (Northbrook, South Barrington )
The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! April 18th’s show is “Underdogs”

Sensory-Friendly Family Film
April 19, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire
Join us for our sensory-friendly movie showing of Big Hero 6. The room is lighter, the volume is lower, and audience members are welcome to move around, talk, and sing. The intended audience is children with special needs accompanied by siblings and caregivers, but everyone is welcome! Noise dampeners and fidgets are available for use. This program is free and open to all. Registration is recommended

Take a Break Afternoons
April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  SRSNLC-Waukegan, Douglas House, 732 N. Genesee St, Waukegan
FREE But RSVP Requested for staffing. Clearbrook’s Take a Break Afternoon program is proud to offer support to families with children with special needs 5 years and younger and their siblings. It provides an opportunity for families to take a scheduled “afternoon break” once a month, Children have an opportunity to play, make crafts, and meet new friends in a supervised setting. Come for one hour, or two or all three! Call Tina at 847-291-6971 x227 to reserve a spot.

Very Special Arts Festival
May 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Field House Sports Fitness Center, 800 Baldwin Ave., Waukegan
Local artists are on hand to help persons with special needs express their artistic creativity. For children ages 5 and older, FREE for persons with special needs. Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literary arts will all be present and participants will create works of art and have fun. Registration is required by April 10.

 

Don’t forget to look at our calendar for more events and activities.


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

WeeBits is a non-profit organization bringing awareness and guidance to those families with infants/toddlers who fall outside the boundaries of existing child developmental programs. 

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