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.
July 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
Sensory Sensitive Sundays
1 July, 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.
Baby Play Day
3 July, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Warren Newport Public Library, 224 O’Plaiine Rd., Gurnee
Meet new friends and enjoy some unstructured playtime while your child socializes and explores toys and books just for babies and toddlers. Staff from Lake County Health-Early Intervention will also be on hand to offer fun sensory activities and information about developmental milestones.
Special Night for Special Needs
4 July, 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!
Down Syndrome Developmental Council (DDC) Monthly Playgroup
17 July, 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.
Special Needs Fun at the Taste of Antioch
20 July, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the carnival and the Taste of Summer Celebration. Rides will be free for up to fur family members. There will be other surprises as well! Families must register online.
Do you know of a program or event we missed? Share it in the comments so we can add it!