Recreation Opportunities for Children With Special Needs in Sonoma County

Have you ever wanted to try out a whole selection of adapted trikes?  Try a new swimming experience? Enroll in a summer camp?

A few years ago I started compiling a list.  Every time a parent or child came in beaming from a new community experience, I wrote it down.    In the ICF, Participation is defined as anything that involves friends, family, future, fitness, fun, or function.  The activities below promote structured play, meeting new friends and exploring new interests.  So here is the list with links included… let me know if you have any other additions.  I hope you find something here that provides an enriching experience!

  1. Equine Therapy:
    1. Renaissance Healing and Learning Center
    2. Giant Steps
    3. Equi-Ed
    4. Halleck Creek Ranch
  2. Aquatic Therapy:
    1. YMCA swim programs in Santa Rosa
    2. SNAP (Special Needs Aquatic Program) kids (Berkeley)
    3. UCP Cycle Without Limits  Bike/Swim camp
    4. Finley Swim Center (do a swim program or enjoy the large shallow pool)
    5. Monterey Bay Aquarium- Days of Discovery Scuba Program for Disabled Kids (Monterey Bay)
  3. Baseball:
    1. Wonder League Baseball
    2. North Bay Challenger Little League
  4. Soccer:
    1. Rising Stars Indoor Soccer
    2. BORP Power Soccer (Berkeley)
  5. Bicycling:
    1. UCP Cycle Without Limits  Bike/Swim camp
    2. BORP adaptive cycling (Berkeley)
    3. The BORP Revolution Ride (Geyserville)
  6. Basketball:
    1. BORP Youth Wheelchair Basketball
  7. Tae Kwon Do:
  8. Gymnastics:
    1. Rohnert Park Gymnastics
    2. Rebounderz
    3. My Gym Practice and Play
  9. Hockey:
    1. BORP Youth Sled Hockey
  10. Playgrounds:
    1. Magical Bridge Playground Palo Alto (Palo Alto, CA)
    2. Tatum’s Garden (Salinas, CA)
    3. Mateo’s Dream (Concord, CA)
    4. The All Abilities Playground at Heather Farm Park (Walnut Creek, CA)
    5. Rotary PlayGarden (San Jose)
    6. Mountain Lake Playground (San Francisco)
    7. Bayer Farm Playground -has an adapted swing-(Roseland, CA)
    8. Lucchesi Park Inclusive Playground– (Petaluma, CA)
  11. Infants/Toddlers/Preschool (0-5):
    1. Sebastopol Community Center Kindergym
    2. Bay Area Discovery Museum
    3. Sonoma County Children’s Discovery Museum
    4. Storytime at the Library  (English and Spanish)
  12. Summer Camps:
    1. UCP Cycle Without Limits  Bike/Swim camp
    2. UCP-Cypress Summer Program
    3. Boost Camp: Conductive Education program
    4. Camp Kaos
    5. Kamp Kennedy
    6. Friend’s Adventure Camp Various summer camps at Redwood Pediatric Therapy
    7. Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp
    8. Diabetes and Sports Health (DASH) Camp
    9. Camp Okizu
    10. Ability First Sports Camp  Chico, CA
    11. Easter Seals Camp Harmon
    12. SSU Excel Summer Program- drama, art, the art of arguing..
  13. Special Games:
    1. Angel City Games (Los Angeles)
    2. The BORP Revolution Ride (Geyserville)
  14. Miscellaneous:
    1. Saturday Sidekicks (adaptive PE)
    2. Discover and Go -Sonoma County Library.  Passes to local discovery museums, Exploratorium, zoos, Academy of Sciences etc.
    3. Vertex Climbing Center
    4. BORP Junior Adventures
    5. Matrix Parent’s network- seasonal programs
    6. Yoga
    7. CHOPS
    8. SmithOT and Driving Rehabilitation Services– pre-driving skills and driver training for teens with special needs
    9. Give Kids the World Village– a nonprofit resort in Central Florida where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacation.
    10.– Frustrated by the difficulty of finding accessible places to stay and reliable information, Accomable was created to make it easier for everyone to travel, regardless of disability.

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