Now that spring is here, families are looking for outdoor activities. For special needs families, that can be a challenge! Here are some excellent resources for inclusive fun for everyone!
Pacer – Our friends at Pacer have a page dedicated to summer recreation, sports, and camps. This is an extensive list! Start here! https://www.pacer.org/students/recreation-and-sports.asp
Mpls-StPaul Magazine created a helpful list of inclusive playgrounds that feature “more interactive activities, as well as cozy, quiet spaces for kids to regroup and recharge when they feel over-stimulated. They also encourage play among children with varying abilities . . .” https://mspmag.com/kids-and-family/the-fam/playgrounds-for-all/
Madison’s Place Playground, Woodbury, MN – The 16,000-square-foot all-inclusive playground offers sun-shade covered play decks, swings, sensory play equipment and ramps for wheelchair access. Madison’s Place will serve as a regional gathering place for children of all ages and abilities to foster friendships, experience the excitement of climbing on a playground and spend time outdoors. https://www.facebook.com/madisonsplaceplayground/
Family Fun Twin Cities – Special Needs Shortlist of fun things to do! (2016) – This list includes autism/sensory needs activities, inclusive playgrounds, and adapted park programs. https://www.familyfuntwincities.com/twin-cities-special-needs-shortlist