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Having trouble finding summer activities that meet the needs of your children with disabilities or special health care needs?
Have no fear! The Utah Parent Center has made a Summer Resource booklet for each county that lists activities for children, youth, and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs. Their team tries their best to keep the information current, but it’s a good idea to contact each program to ensure they’re available.
Catch the summer vibe, scroll through the All Abilities Resource Guide, and enjoy the long break together.
Download the full guide here.
Utah County Activities and Resources:
Adaptable Art Youth Arts Festival Adaptable Art Class
This adaptive art class is specialized to meet the needs of all students, especially those with special needs. We will be doing multiple art projects using various materials each day. Two classes are offered (ages. 4-7 and 8+). The Y.A.F. runs in June each year for two weeks. Registration opens May 9 for classes June 4-15th. Website: https://www.spanishfork.org/departments/parks_and_recreation/arts/youth_arts_festival.php
Cost: Free for those with special needs.
Location: Spanish Fork High School
Cost: Free for kids with special needs
Brigham Young University – Athletic Connection
This program connects B.Y.U. Student-Athletes with individuals with Down Syndrome learn skills through fun games and activities. The program usually meets at the U.P.C. (University Parkway Center).
Phone: Teancum Paquette (469) 439-4315
Location: B.Y.U. Campus
Cost: Call for fee information
C.A.S.T. for Kids
This event provides children with disabilities, ages 6 – 18, the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable morning of fishing and boating!
Registration will begin in late Spring. Contact Melanie Castillo for info or to register. Visit the website for a calendar and location of events.
Website: https://castforkids.org/c-a-s-t-for-kids/ OR
Next event date: 6/17/2023
Location: Heber City
Note: An adult caregiver must accompany the participating individual. Contact programs for current coronavirus updates and precautions.
Autism Adventure Summer Camp
A fun adventure for youth with autism, ages 11-18 (or entering grades 6th-12th in the fall of 2023). Autism Adventure Camp is $195-$215. Children will grow and connect with other children as they explore the Museum of Natural Curiosity.
Courage Reins Therapeutic Riding Center: Horseback riding lessons for all ages and abilities.
Phone: (801) 756-8900
Location: 5870 W 10400 N Highland
The Dance Club
The Dance Club offers a free weekly dance class to those with physical and cognitive disabilities. The classes help your little dancer to improve movement and rhythm.
Phone: (801) 224-4400
Location: 983 N State Orem, UT. 84057
Pony Express Days
Dates: June 1-4
Family Fun Night & Movie in the Park
Date: May 31
Time: 4 pm
Location: Nolen Park
We offer free inflatable slides or obstacle courses for all ages. There are promotional vendors.
Carnival & Vendor Booths
Date: June 1-3
Time: Thurs: 4 pm-11 pm Fri and Sat:12pm-11 pm
Location: Cory Wride Memorial Park
Brown’s Carnival Amusement rides will be available for purchase. Vendors will sell their items throughout the field. Food trucks will be on-site, additional accessibility parking will be available, and walkways and paths will be A.D.A. accessible. Live performances will continue throughout the day, and on Friday night, there will be a Free Concert in the Park for all to attend.
Pony Express Days Parade
Date: June 3
Time: 10 am
Location: Pony Express Blvd. between C.V.H.S. & Cory Wride Park.
All can put blankets, chairs, and tents along the west side of the road and view the parade. Candy, swag, and promotional items are passed out.
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Family Haven Orem
Family Haven offers a 24-hour Crisis Respite Nursery to children with special needs up to age 11. The Nursery provides a break to parents during times of stress.
Kids Who Count
Offers a parent class on Tuesdays for those with family members of all disabilities.
Location: 345 N. SR 198, Salem
Hoofbeats to Healing
Hoofbeats to Healing offers therapeutic horseback riding, using a practical natural approach to horseback riding therapy. They work with a variety of different disabilities. The application requires in-person completion. Scholarships are available.
Phone: (801) 836-4325
Location: 1218 North 800 West, Saratoga Springs, UT 84085
Recreation and Rehabilitation Services (R.A.H.)
R.A.H. helps individuals with disabilities rise to new heights of personal achievement and development. All activities and programs meet the needs and enhance the lives of participants. They also have day-timers groups, bowling, dinners, swimming, social skills, and special needs scouts.
Ages: 18- adult.
Saratoga Springs Adaptive Events
The Saratoga Springs Civic Events wants all citizens to enjoy events in the city, spend time together as families, and enjoy our great growing community. As part of this effort, the Civic Events Division has tried to create events that everyone can want to make sure all of our citizens are served. Scroll down for event-specific information and to see the F.A.Q.’s section for answers to commonly asked questions.
Spanish Fork Community Theater Play
July (date T.B.A.) – one show will be for those with sensory sensitivities, with adjustments made to sound and some lighting. Sign Language Interpreting services may also become available with advance notice for that specific play.
Spanish Fork Movies in the Park – June 2, July 7. Closed Captioning may be available upon
For four months and up. SwimKids can tailor lessons specifically to your child’s needs and abilities. Our well-trained, enthusiastic, and caring instructors are eager to teach your child to swim.
Phone: (801) 691-7946 (call or text)
Location: 550 W 220 S Street, PG
Community-based summer programs. Summer programs provide children and adolescents with enjoyable recreational activities that include skill development. The programs have a high staff-to-child ratio and offer a much-needed break for parents while their child is out of school for the summer. Our summer programs are supervised and directed by highly trained staff and managers.
Location: 703 South State Street, Orem Utah
Sensory Backpack and Social Stories: Need a little extra sensory support? These backpacks are designed for guests with autism Spectrum Disorders or other sensory sensitivities to make their visit more enjoyable. They offer sensory packs for checkout at the Museum of Ancient Life, Butterfly Biosphere, and the Museum of Natural Curiosity.
Backpacks include noise reduction headphones for children or adults, fidget toys, timers, sunglasses, and “if lost, please call” wristbands.
Backpacks are free to check out on a first-come, first-served basis at the admission desk. Guests must leave a valid driver’s license or keys while using the kit.
Utah County Parks and Recreation Adapted Aquatics
Programs are provided year-round with swimming instruction for children with cognitive and physical disabilities.
Contact: Erin Jenkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: American Fork
V.I.P. Adaptive League
The V.I.P. Special Needs Sports League in Springville City is a unique organization that serves children and adults ages 5-30 with mental and physical disabilities. For the children involved, this program allows them to participate in the great games of baseball, soccer, and basketball that all their friends and siblings are doing without feeling left out.
Age: 5-30 years