First Friday Nights Free! Fridays, June 21st - August 30th, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Acton. The Discovery Museums will offer both museums free starting at 4:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and dine under the stars, and explore the museums at night. Donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard will be accepted. For more information contact www.discoverymusuem.org or email@example.com or 978-264-4200
Families Creating Together Inclusive Arts Program: Free, July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, Jamaica Plain. A creative arts program for children ages 6-13, with and without disabilities, and their siblings, friends, parents/guardians and grandparents. All workshops are presented in English, Spanish, and American Sign language in a wheelchair accessible setting. Create puppets and stories, and tell these stories as a family. The team is led by Brenda Huggins of the Puppet Showplace Theatre, special educators, artist-teachers and community leaders. Register by June 25 to 617.522.4832 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Especially for Me! Free Morning for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants and Toddlers, May 5th, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children's Discovery Museums in Acton hosts this special free morning in conjunction with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Children's Hospital Boston. Pre-registration is required. Contact Kevin Nolan, Outreach and Support Services Coordinator, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, at Kevin.Nolan@childrens.harvard.edu to register or find out more information visit the Discovery Musuems Event's Calendar or contact email@example.com at 978-264-4200 x 23
Special-Needs Story Time: June 15, 2013, 10 a.m., Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell. Stories, songs, moving, etc. Siblings welcome. There will be a visit and snack time, or bring your own snack. No sign up required. Visit www.pollardml.org or conatct firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-674-1527.
Free pre-school Sensory Integration Drop Ins. Westboro Free Library - June 14th & Northboro Free Library - June 19th.
Barrett Family Wellness will offer free sensory stations to stimulate both occupational and speech learning in preschool aged children. Activities include marble painting, squishing shaving cream, searching for treasures in rice and beans, fishing from our rocking board dock and crawling through tunnels. For more information contact http://barrettfamilywellness.com/
ASL/AD - Friendly "Pippi Longstocking": May 9th, 7:30 p.m., May 12, 3 p.m., Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston. For more information contact 617-879-2300 or email@example.com or www.WheelockFamilyTheatre.org The Theatre is wheelchair accessible and all performances are Open Captioned. Final weekend performances are interpreted in American Sign Language and Audio-described. For additional information please contact 617-879-2147 firstname.lastname@example.org
Especially for Me! Free Event for Families with Children with Autism. March 23rd, 2013, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Discovery Museums, Acton. Explore both museums during this special free evening for families with children on the autism spectrum. Discover exhibits such as bubble walls, ball runs, train tracks, and more. Please register at the Museum's Events Page, or contact email@example.com or 978-264-4200
"Quiet Day" at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Waltham, the last Sunday of each month. The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation hosts "Quiet Day" for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), which affects a variety of disabilities. During Quiet Day, the museum will disable any exhibit that produces uncomfortable noise levels, equipment such as sound block headphones and weighted blankets will be offered, and a separate space for reducing stimuli will be available. Admission is $7.00 per adult and $5.00 per child, student or senior. Free to children under 6, active and retired US Military, and Museum members. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781 893 5410 or 617 823 5081.
2013 Recreation for Special Needs In Greater Massachusetts
Summer Inclusive Recreation & Fun
Spaulding Hospital Adaptive Sports Centers: Boston, Cape Cod, and the North Shore. For people of all ages and abilties. Adaptive sporting under the supervision of Spaulding clinicians and adaptive sports professionals.
Spaulding Cape Cod Adaptive Sports
- Adaptive Tennis, Sandwich, June 24, July 8 & 22, Aug 5.
- Kayaking, East Sandwich, July 3, 17, 21, Aug 14, 29.
- Stunt Kite Flying Clinic, Falmouth July 27th.
- Adpative Fishing, Dennis, August 24.
To register for the Spaulding Cape Cod events contact email@example.com or 508-240-7280. Fees may apply.
Spaulding Boston Adaptive Sports: Sailing, Windsurfing, Stand Up Paddling, Outrigger Canoeing, Glide Cycling, Kayaking, Paddle Boating, Rowing, Tennis. July 7, August 11, September 8. Fees Apply. To register call 877-976-7272
Spaulding North Shore –Adaptive Sports & Recreation
- Adaptive Kayaking, June 26th, July 24th, August 21st, September 18th, Salem, MA.
- Adaptive Cycling: July 10th, September 4th, Salem State College and Peabody Bike Path.
- Extended Adaptive Cycling Ride, July 20 Newburyport.
- Extended Adaptive Kayaking Trip, August 17th, Ipswich.
To Register call 888-976-7272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Spaulding North Shore Page. Fees may apply.
Spaudling Riders Club Boston Spaulding Rehabiliation Hospital, 5:30 p.m., rides begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., June 27th, July 11, 13th, 23rd, August 8, & August 22. To register contact 877-976-7272 or email email@example.com.
Spaulding Riders Club Cape Cod, Cape Cod Canal Trail, Freezer Road, Sandwich, MA, 5:30 p.m., rides begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. July 10 & 24th, August 7 & 21. To register contact 877-976-7272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Spaulding Therapeutic Horseback Riding:
Boston Children's Museum Summer 2013:
Secrets of Circles Exhibit: Through September 2013. Climb into a circular boat, play and pretend in a market full of circles from around the globe and make objects spin using colorful gears, explore the math, science, and engineering of circles.
Over Hear and Here A Centennial Reinvention: Through October 2013. Explores the ideas of birthplace and technology through multimedia installation.
July Centennial Connections: Exploration In the 1930s BCM’s outdoor clubs gave children direct experiences with nature, placing them at the center of their own learning adventures.
July in the Art Studio. Investigage Art Month – Use natural materials to create outside every Sunday and Monday in July.
July in the Japanese House. ???Ì'¬?Æ?c?A Daily Guided Visits of Kyo-no-Machiya, tour of 100-year old silk merchant's house from Kyoto, Japan. Discover Japanese family life, customs, art and architecture.
Water Drumming: Outdoors, July 2, 4, 16, 18, splashy lesson in dynamics and rhythm. Ponchos and towels will be provided.
Exploration Station: July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, outdoor hands-on explorations of weather, science and math.
Kitchen Science: Fireworks in a Glass: July 6th, 11:30. Create colorful displays in a glass, using oil and food coloring.
Street Seats Kids: Collaboration between BCM Art Studio and the Design Museum: July 7th, 14 and 28, workshops start at 11:00 AM , 12:00, 1, 2, 3:00 p.m. Hands-on session, draw and build a street seat from a variety of materials.
Explore Games: July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Play games inside and outside.
Exploration Mural: July 12, 19, 26, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Paint a mural with an ocean theme. Learn about the natural world and how to be environmentally friendly. Presented in collaboration with the US Forest Service.
Friday Night Summer Clubs, July 12, 19, 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Ages 6 & up, brain-busting activities that will challenge your mind and body. Attend two or more Summer Club dates and get a special invite to the mystery party on August 9.
Meet Play Learn: July 11th, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy Water play and messy outdoor activities on the boardwalk, explore new spaces and discover Museum programs with a twist.
Visiting Artist Workshop: Make your own Material with Gillian Christy: July 14th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM – Pearly soda clay -2:00 - 4:00 PM – Sparkle paints and slime! .
Frisbee Fest: July 16th 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., PlayShops: 11:45 AM and 1:15 PM. Frisbee Champion Todd Brodeur will demonstrate some tricks, catches and combinations, explain the science behind the Frisbee and tell a little about its history. Following each show is a 30 minute “PlayShop” where kids can learn some Frisbee tricks of their own.PlayShops are for kids 7 and up and require a free ticket available 30 minutes before each show.
Pajama Party in PlaySpace: July 19th, 7:30 PM, Toddlers, wear your pajamas to the Museum on Friday night for games, songs and picture-stories. Older siblings are welcome to participate.
Critter Day: Caterpillar Sam: July 20th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Live animal programming, Sam Jaffe returns to BCM with displays of caterpillars that are striped, spotted, fat, thin, camouflaged and brightly colored.
Baseball DayTuesday July 23, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PMCome and play baseball-related activities!
Live Musical Performance, July 24 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Concert with ensembles of Middle school musicians, participating in the Berklee College of Music Summer Day Sessions.
KidsJam @ Club Common: July 26th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. An all ages dance party. Led by Kids. Supported by Adults. Live DJ. Dance lessons. Free dance. Intergenerational dance battles.
Mini Boot Camp: July 27th, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Jump-Crawl-Twist! Challenge yourself with fun boot camp, plus Six interactive sculptures by Bernie Zubrowski, a scientist, a researcher, a museum exhibit designer, award winning author, and artist.
For more information about all the events visit The Boston Children's Museum
Accessible Recreation in Canton: Free, May – June 30th, 2013, Massachusetts Hospital School, Canton. For youth with disabilities and their friends to enjoy a variety of accessible sports and adaptive recreational activities. such as: track and field, swimming, archery, table tennis, weight lifting, Wheelchair Basketball and Power Soccer. To sign up, Mass Hospital School students must contact email@example.com or 781 830-8751. Local area community members please contact 617.556.4075, ext. 13 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Inclusive Recreation & Fun
Adaptive & Accessible Sailing with Piers Park: July 8 - August 23, 2013, East Boston. Serves various cognitive and physical disabilities such as PDD-NOS, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, ADD, MS, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf, Blind, and Spina Bifida. Program is completely inclusive with able bodied and adaptive participants. Encouragement is on learning what each can do as opposed to what they cannot. For more information contact email@example.com or 617-561-6677 x14 or 800-244-2756 or visit the Piers Park Sailing Web Site.
Free Fun Fridays: June - September 2013. Over 60 Massachusetts museums and cultural venues open for free on Fridays all summer long. Each Friday will feature six different venues
June 28th: Freedom Trail Foundation, Mass Moca, Stone Zoo, Worcester Art Museum, Heritage Museums & Gardens , Tanglewood
July 5th: Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center, Cape Cod Museum Of Art, Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Children’s Museum At Holyoke, Volleyball Hall Of Fame, Peabody Essex Museum
July 12th :Museum Of Fine Arts, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Museum Of Russian Icons, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
For more information about Free Fun Fridays, visit the Highland Street Foundation, or call 617.969.8900.
Accessible Swimming at ADA Accessible Pools across Massachusetts - Summer 2013. All MA Department of Conservation and Recreation pools will be outfitted with new ADA accessible lifts and at least one other means of pool access. Check pool schedule online www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/pools.htm
Beach Wheelchairs Available: Many Massachusetts state parks and beaches have free beach wheelchairs and accessible beaches available. Call to reserve in advance. Find one at a Massachusetts park here www.mass.gov/dcr/universal_access/a-swim.htm
Sudbury Adaptive Sports Summer 2013 Programs: Open to both residents and non-residents.
Infant and Youth Programs:
- Adaptive Aquatics
- Therapeutic Riding
- Super Soccer Stars SHINE
- Inclusive Sailing
Teen & Adult Programs
- Teen Adventure: Kayaking, Hiking, Rock Climbing
- Afternoon Walking Group
- Hip Hop Dance
- Super Soccer Stars SHINE
- Adaptive Rowing
- Inclusive Sailing
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978.639.3257 or visit The Sudbury Park & Recreation Adaptive Page. Register on-line or in person at the Atkinson Pool/Fairbank Community Center. All families must set up an account to manage their contact information, see balances, and adjust personal information.
Adaptive & Inclusion Recreation - Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley: May – June 29th, 2013. Maynard, MA. The Club C.A.I.R.S. (Children, Adaptive, Inclusion, Recreation, Services) is for children with physical and developmental disabilities to participate in recreation programs with the rest of the community. All abilities are welcome. Membership to the Boys & Girls Club and to participate in C.A.I.R.S. is $40.
Youth Yoga: For grades K-5.
Gymnastics: For grades grades 1-5.
Sibshops: June 8th. Fee: $15 (Scholarships are available).
For more information or to register or regarding scholarshups, contact email@example.com or call 978-461-2871, or visit www.bgcav.org
Athletes 4 Autism Sports: Sundays, May 28th - July 26th, 2013, Boston University. Kids of all abilities are invited to come play with Athletes 4 Autism. Receive individualized attention and expert sport instruction from young athletes who have trained with some of the best coaches in the world. Each session is $40, which is a tax-deductible donation straight into brain-based autism research by Boston University’s Autism Research Foundation. For more information visit the Athletes-4-Autism Registration Page.
The Museum of Fine Arts "Artful Healing" Program: Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Boston. Children ages 8-12 years on the Autism Spectrum explore the MFA collection with a trained Museum instructor, then continue to a classroom and create their own masterpiece to take home. One parent or caregiver is required to accompany the child, but is admitted free with each purchased child ticket, and also receives a discount on parking in Museum facilities. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are only available online. Tickets for the current week’s class will only be available for sale until 1 pm on Wednesday. For more information and tickets visit the MFA's Community Programs' Page.
Teens & Young Adults
Accessible Fun on the North Shore: Hosted by the Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, ages 14 - 25, various fees apply.
- Kayaking with Plum Island Kayak, July 16th/29th, August 14th
- Bowling: July 12/26, August 9/23
- Drum Instruction, July 23, August 6
Registration forms at the Arc under "Services". For limited financial assistance 978.373.0552 x201. For more information regarding the events, contact Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
JCC Center of Metro Boston Special Needs Programs for Adults: Through June 2013. Adult Activity Group, ages 25+, Adapted Aquatics, ages 22+, Social Group for ages 31+, Young Adult Social Group for Ages 18 - 30, Adult Activity Group for Ages 25+. For more information contact 617-558-6507 or email@example.com or www.bostonjcc.org
Access to Theatre Workshops: Free, May - June 2013, Massachusetts Hospital Canton. For ages 13 - 24 with or without disabilities, Improvisational Acting and Movement in inclusive groups. There are no scripts or set characters that you will be expected to play. Theater, movement games and other activities explore how bodies move and the components that form characters, scenes, and stories. Focus on different ways to communicate, collaboration, etc. All learning styles will be accommodated. For more information contact 617.556.4075, ext. 20, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inclusive Events & Movies
Sensory Friendly Films: June 29th, Monsters University. Massachusetts theaters include Braintree, Burlington, North Dartmouth, Framingham, Methuen, and Tyngsboro. Show times normally begin at 10 a.m. Families with disabilities have an opportunity to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members may get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. Cconfirm times and dates with any theater before attending. For further information contact the AMC Movie Theaters or the Autism Society of America.
- Hadley movies and times, contact the Cinemark Theatre at the Hampshire Mall or email email@example.com.
The 2013 Free Friday Flicks offers outdoor family movies in State Parks all over Massachusetts.
July 6, Marine Park in South Boston
July 9, Martini Shell in Hyde Park
July 10, Salisbury Beach Park
July 11, Fall River Heritage Park
July 12, Boston Hatch Shell
July 13, Harold Parker in North Andover
July 16, Martini Shell in Hyde Park
July 17, Salisbury Beach Park
July 18, Fall River Heritage Park
For more movies and information visit the DCR Recreation Page.
Chunky's Theaters now has Sensory Friendly Movies.
Nashua, NH 4:00 PM
Pelham, NH 4:00 PM
Haverhill, MA 4:00 PM
Chunky's offers monthly screenings for children with autism or other special needs. They keep the theater lights up, the sound of the film turned down, and no 3D. Audience members are allowed to walk around, dance, shout or sing! For more information visit www.chunkys.com/special-events/
Free Movie "Companion" Passes: Regal Cinemas allows one free ADA Seating & Companion Pass when you go to the movies with a person with developmental disabilities. To obtain the pass contact the managment of your local theater. Medical assistants or respite providers must show the theater management their medical assistant identification (proof of employment) for companion pass. For more information visit the Admittance Procedure page for Regal Cinemas
Boston University FREE Sporting Event Tickets for Non-Profits and Community Organizations: Boston University Athletic Department Organization & The Boston University Terriers is offering free sporting events open to non-profit and community organizations. These free tickets will be to upcoming Men's and Women's Soccer and Basketball games, Women's Ice Hockey and Women's Lacrosse games. Official non-profits can request tickets BU’s online Ticket Request Form. At the bottom simply hit the SUBMIT button. For more information contact 617.35.2874, or email Lpare@bu.edu
Whole Children in Hadley, MA, 2013
- Pokemon, Lego and Anime Class July 8 – Aug 9
- Adventure Club July 8 to Aug 9
- Pukulan Kung Fu August 12 – 15
- Sports, Games and Social Skills Week August 19th -
- Teen Theater Studio for ages 14 and up August 5 - 16
- Teens Farm, Sports and Recreation August 10th.
For more information visit the Whole Children Classes page or call 413-585-8010
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