It’s not too soon to start planning some summer activities for your child with special needs. Check out these local resources for a wide variety of camps, sports, social groups, tours and more.
City of Renton Adaptive Recreation
The City of Renton’s Adaptive Recreation page is a great resource to find inclusive, adaptive activities happening around the area. Look for activities under the educational special interest tab, sports and fitness tab, or trips and tours tab on their website. Prices vary for activities.
Seattle Adaptive Sports
An awesome program based out of Seattle, Seattle Adaptive Sports activities include basketball, sled hockey, tennis, power soccer, track and field and table tennis. Seattle Adaptive Sports also hosts the CREW youth social, a monthly group “hangout” for kids to do outings, play, participate in service projects together and more. The social activities vary in price, but there are scholarships through the Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Seattle Children’s Adaptive Sports & Recreation List
Seattle Children’s has also compiled a list of adaptive recreation activities located around the Puget sound area.
The Arc King County
The Arc King County is a great resource for many different needs. They have created resources for families such as:
- Creating community: building a meaningful life
- Overview of Children’s Services
- Transition from school to adulthood
They also provide reading materials, as well as community resources for activities and recreation, including summer camps, outdoor adaptive programs, and specific community resources for activities in your town.
The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer) is a program for kids 4 years old and up who have developmental and/or physical disabilities. It is based on skill level, not age, and participants include players, coaches and volunteer buddies who are paired with players to help play the game. Maple Valley offers a TOPSoccer program. Price unknown.
Outdoors for All
Outdoors for All activities include cycling/biking, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, yoga and weekend excursions. Biking/cycling have adaptive sit equipment and are able to work with many different abilities with rentals by the hour, day, or weekend (financial aid available). Now registering, the summer youth outdoor day camps serve kids ages 5 – 17, weekdays from 9 AM -3 PM. Activities for the week may include hiking, kayaking, visiting the zoo, and other parks around the Seattle area. The cost for a week-long camp is $435, with options to apply for financial scholarships. Similar week-long, summer day camp activities are also available for people aged 18+ at a cost is $87.
By Taylor Albrecht, Children’s Therapy