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 activity, 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 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. Swimming:
    1. YMCA swim programs in Santa Rosa
    2. SNAP (Special Needs Aquatic Program) kids (Berkeley)
    3. UCP Cycle Without Limits  Bike/Swim camp
    4. Santa Rosa Junior College Adapted Swimming Program (18+ y.o.)
    5. Finley Swim Center  (do a swim program or enjoy the large shallow pool)
    6. 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
    2. Santa Rosa Blazers Wheelchair Basketball Team– watch a practice or join
  7. Tae Kwon Do:
  8. Dance:
    1. MovementLAB– All abilities
  9. Fencing:
    1. En Garde Fencing– All abilities
  10. Gymnastics:
    1. Rohnert Park Gymnastics
    2. Rebounderz
    3. My Gym Practice and Play
  11. Hockey:
    1. BORP Youth Sled Hockey
  12. Bowling:
    1. Roll On/Bowl On family inclusive bowling for spinal cord injury survivors and family.
  13. Outdoor opportunities:
    1. Achieve Tahoe (water skiing, 4WD adventure, paddle,: Summer sports/ Winter sports
    2. Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors
    3. Environmental Traveling Companions
    4. No Limits Tahoe
    5. Sonoma County Regional Parks:  All abilities family walks/ Beach chair
      1. Spring Lake Regional Park (paved trail)/ Howarth Park (petting farm)
      2. Coastal Prairie Trail (flat dirt trail)
      3. Doran Regional Park (accessible beach area)
      4. Gualala Point Regional Park (paved trail)
      5. Westside Regional Park (accessible picnic tables)
      6. Crane Creek Regional Park (accessible picnic tables)
      7. Hunter Creek Trail (paved trail)
      8. Joe Rodota Trail (paved trail)
      9. Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail (flat dirt trail)
      10. Ragle Ranch (paved trail)
      11. Sonoma Valley Regional Park (paved trail)
    6. California wheelchair accessible trails
    7. Leland Street Farm– Sebastopol (pet or watch the goats and pigs from the other side of the fence.
  14. 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/feed or watch the goats-(Roseland, CA)
    8. Lucchesi Park Inclusive Playground– (Petaluma, CA)
  15. 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)
  16. Sensory Friendly:
    1. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County Sensory Friendly Afternoons
    2. Matrix:  Sensory sensitive Santa
    3. Sensory friendly films:  AMC schedule
    4. Epicenter 
  17. 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. Far West Junior Sports Camp and adapted sports– San Jose
    13. SSU Excel Summer Program- drama, art, the art of arguing..
  18. Special Games or events:
    1. Angel City Games (Los Angeles)
    2. The BORP Revolution Ride (Geyserville)
    3. UCP Wheely Fun Day (Petaluma, yearly event)
  19. 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. Santa Rosa Junior College Adapted Physical Education:  (swimming, body conditioning, adapted PE lab-18 and over)
    4. Vertex Climbing Center
    5. BORP Junior Adventures
    6. Matrix Parent’s network- seasonal programs
    7. Yoga
    8. CHOPS (7th-12th grade) The mission of Chop’s Teen Club is to provide a safe, fun and productive place where Sonoma County teens engage, connect and discover their true potential.
    9. SmithOT and Driving Rehabilitation Services– pre-driving skills and driver training for teens with special needs
    10. Miller Driving School
    11. 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.
    12. Accomable.com– 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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