Recreation for Children With Disabilities 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?

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. Rising Stars Indoor Soccer
    2. Epic Athletes (Sports City)
    3. 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. Rising Stars Basketball-  (Sports City)
    2. BORP Youth Wheelchair Basketball
    3. Santa Rosa Blazers Wheelchair Basketball Team– watch a practice or join
  7. Tae Kwon Do:  Any sugggestions?
  8. Dance:
    1. MovementLAB– All abilities
  9. Fencing:
    1. En Garde Fencing– All abilities
  10. Gymnastics:
    1. Rohnert Park Gymnastics
    2. Rebounderz Munchkin & Me
    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.
    2. Kids Bowl Free– (age 2-18, country wide) Double Decker Lanes, Rohnert Park.
  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. Getting outside:
      1. Sonoma Land Trust:  Jenner Headlands:  1/2 mile ADA trail with coast overlook.
      2. Sonoma County Regional Parks:  All abilities family walks
        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, beach wheelchairs available by special arrangement)
        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. Story time at the Library  (English and Spanish)
  16. Sensory Friendly:
    1. Children’s Museum of Sonoma County Sensory Friendly Afternoons
    2. Sensory friendly films:  AMC schedule
    3. Sacramento Zoo: Certified Sensory Inclusive
  17. Summer Camps:
    1. UCP Cycle Without Limits  Bike/Swim camp
    2. UCP-Cypress Summer Program
    3. Sports City: Camp Epic Stars– Sports with sensory friendly games corner.
    4. Boost Camp: Conductive Education program
    5. Camp Kaos
    6. Kamp Kennedy
    7. Friend’s Adventure Camp Various summer camps at Redwood Pediatric Therapy
    8. Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp
    9. Diabetes and Sports Health (DASH) Camp
    10. Camp Okizu
    11. Ability First Sports Camp  Chico, CA
    12. Easter Seals Camp Harmon
    13. Far West Junior Sports Camp and adapted sports– San Jose
    14. 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)
    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.
  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. Sonoma TrainTown Railroad accessible train rides & petting zoo
    5. Vertex Climbing Center
    6. BORP Junior Adventures
    7. Matrix Parent’s network- seasonal programs
    8. Yoga- Suggestions welcome!
    9. 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.
    10. SmithOT and Driving Rehabilitation Services– pre-driving skills and driver training for teens with special needs
    11. Miller Driving School
    12. 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.
    13.– 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

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