Recreation for Children With Disabilities in Sonoma County (updated 2022)

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

Participation is defined as anything that involves friends, family, future, fitness, fun, or function.  There are many local activities that promote play,  new friends, and new interests for children and young adults with disabilities.  However,  these opportunities are not always easy to find.  Most suggestions on this list are based in Sonoma County, California.  Some are further away, but could be a fun destination or a special side trip if you are in the mood for adventure!  Additional suggestions are welcome.

  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
    3. Miracle League North Bay
  4. Soccer:
    1. Epic Athletes (Sports City)
    2. BORP Power Soccer (Berkeley)
  5. Bicycling:
    1. UCP Cycle Without Limits  Bike 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. Dance:
    1. MovementLAB– All abilities
  8. Fencing:
    1. En Garde Fencing– All abilities
  9. Gymnastics:
    1. Rohnert Park Gymnastics
    2. Rebounderz Munchkin & Me
    3. My Gym Practice and Play
  10. Hockey:
    1. BORP Youth Sled Hockey
  11. Bowling:
    1. Roll On/Bowl On family inclusive bowling for spinal cord injury survivors and family.
    2. Kids Bowl Free– (age 2-18, country wide) Double Decker Lanes, Rohnert Park.
  12. Outdoor opportunities:
    1. C.A.S.T. for Kids– Lake Berryessa: fishing and boating
    2. Achieve Tahoe (water skiing, 4WD adventure, paddle,: Summer sports/ Winter sports
    3. Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors
    4. Environmental Traveling Companions
    5. No Limits Tahoe
    6. Getting outside:
      1. Sonoma Land Trust:  Jenner Headlands:  1/2 mile ADA trail with coast overlook, ADA bathrooms and parking.
      2. Sonoma County Regional Parks:  All abilities family walks
        1. Spring Lake Regional Park (paved trail, check out an all terrain wheelchair)/ Howarth Park (petting farm)
        2. Coastal Prairie Trail (flat dirt trail)
        3. Doran Regional Park (accessible beach area, all terrain beach wheelchairs available by special arrangement)
        4. Gualala Point Regional Park (paved trail, all terrain wheelchair by special arrangement)
        5. Westside Regional Park (accessible picnic tables and wheelchair accessible kayak launch)
        6. Crane Creek Regional Park (some wheelchair accessible gravel trails)
        7. Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail (flat crushed stone trail)
        8. Ragle Ranch (Wheelchair-accessible picnic tables, paved trail)
        9. Sonoma Valley Regional Park (paved trail)
    7. California wheelchair accessible trails
  13. 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. Lucchesi Park Inclusive Playground– (Petaluma, CA)
  14. Infants/Toddlers/Preschool (0-5):
    1. Bay Area Discovery Museum
    2. Sonoma County Children’s Discovery Museum
    3. Story time at the Library  (English and Spanish)
  15. Sensory Friendly:
    1. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County Sensory Friendly Afternoons
    2. Sensory friendly films:  AMC schedule
    3. Sacramento Zoo: Certified Sensory Inclusive
  16. Summer Camps:
    1. UCP Cycle Without Limits  Bike/Swim camp
    2. Boost Camp: Conductive Education program
    3. Camp Kaos
    4. Friend’s Adventure Camp Various summer camps at Redwood Pediatric Therapy
    5. Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp
    6. Diabetes and Sports Health (DASH) Camp
    7. Camp Okizu
    8. Ability First Sports Camp  Chico, CA
    9. Easter Seals Camp Harmon
    10. Far West Junior Sports Camp and adapted sports– San Jose
  17. Special Games or events:
    1. Angel City Games (Los Angeles)
    2. The BORP Revolution Ride (Geyserville)
    3. UCP Wheely Fun Day (Petaluma)
    4. A Walk on Water Surf Therapy (various locations, check for local events)
    5. Inclusion Festival– May 18, 2019 (Petaluma) Music, art, dancing, sensory buffet, all ages.
  18. Miscellaneous:
    1. Saturday Sidekicks (adaptive PE)
    2. Santa Rosa Junior College Adapted Physical Education:  (swimming, body conditioning, adapted PE lab-18 and over)
    3. Sonoma TrainTown Railroad accessible train rides & petting zoo
    4. BORP Junior Adventures
    5. Matrix Parent’s network- seasonal programs
    6. 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.
    7. SmithOT and Driving Rehabilitation Services– pre-driving skills and driver training for teens with special needs
    8. Miller Driving School
    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.  Now owned by Airbnb.

Author: spritelypt

Pediatric physical therapist

One thought on “Recreation for Children With Disabilities in Sonoma County (updated 2022)”

  1. Good Afternoon I am sponsoring a Cast for Kids Event this Spring for Handicapped or Disabled Kids at Lake Berryessa and wanted to know if this is something your kids might be interested in?

    Paul Gallagher
    (707) 580-9829


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: