Activities

Indoor Activities:

Be Like Buddy– Sensory-Friendly Activities in Wisconsin

Bond Center– offers aquatic exercise and fitness activities as well as social engagement

Chuck E Cheese– proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month at participating locations, opening our stores two hours before their normal opening time.

Get Air– (Green Bay) We offer a dedicated time just for jumpers with special needs. Music is played at a lower volume and the park’s atmosphere is calmer. One parent or guardian can support jumpers on the trampoline for free. Siblings of jumpers are welcome to jump for the same price, but should be more careful during this time.

Sensory-Friendly Children’s Museums– The Children’s Museum hosts specific days with sensory needs in mind. The museum, which includes a pretend farmers’ market, construction site, vet clinic and fire station, is closed to the general public on these days to prevent large, overtaxing crowds. Lights and sounds are lowered as well, and there are a variety of sensory activities to take part of amid their 13 interactive galleries

Sensory Friendly Mornings at the Maritime Museum– Geared towards families and children with disabilities, our Sensory Friendly Mornings provide a safe and engaging space for all. These mornings welcome visitors with disabilities to explore our exhibits and submarine in a comfortable and accepting environment.

YiPPE– a group of youth and their parents who meet together five times during the year. They will hear from speakers and take part in hands-on activities in parallel programs centered around transition. While some topics may overlap, parents will be able to enjoy their own sessions while their youth are learning similar information in a youth-friendly format

Outdoor Activities:

Able Trek Tours– Individuals who need assistance vacationing are encouraged and welcome to travel with Able Trek Tours. This includes individuals with developmental disabilities, the elderly, individuals with mental illness and others

Appleton International Airport- Wings for Autism– ATW teams up with Wings for Autism to provide the experience of going to an airport, checking in at the airline counter, going through security, boarding the plane, and collecting baggage at the conclusion of a trip. This can be a helpful process for children with Autism to help reduce stress and anxiety by familiarizing them with the various steps taken when flying.

DNR Hunting and Fishing Permits– Wisconsin law provides for a variety of hunting, fishing and recreational use permits designed to help people with disabilities enjoy the state’s natural resources.

DNR Open the Outdoors– The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all abilities around the state. In our parks and forests, on land and water, everyone can find a niche or simply enjoy a moment never experienced before. Open the Outdoors is your resource for all of the available recreation options for individuals with disabilities. Check our pages on individual activities through our navigation links and be sure to check back for upcoming events. Get out there today!

Inter Mission– horses can teach us to maintain a balanced awareness of our environment, to learn to trust ourselves to assess circumstances and respond thoughtfully. They also can help us heal from past events, teaching us how to pick up the reins and direct our course into the future.

Lamers Bus Lines Special Needs Tours– scheduled tours for persons with special needs

Make a Wish Wisconsin– We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us in everything we do. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

Oconto County Tourism– information about activities and events occurring in Oconto County, such as live music events, festivals, area attractions and activities that may be sensory sensitive

Oconto River Kids– provides unique hunting and fishing experiences for children with life threatening illnesses and their families.

Red River Riders– Students learn basic horse handling and care. Depending on their capabilities, riders are responsible for grooming and helping to saddle their mounts. A typical lesson consists of riding instruction, as well as horse-related games and activities. All of our equipment meets the safety standards required for therapeutic riding.

Shawano Ski Sharks– Offers opportunities to watch ski shows or sign up to participate in adaptive ski

Soap Box Derby -The Green Bay Area Soap Box Derby is proud to support the Super Kids program. This program is designed for kids ages 7 to 18 who are physically or mentally challenged preventing them from participating as a driver in the Soap Box Derby. This program involves the use of specially designed 2-seater cars where an experienced Soap Box Derby racer pilots a Super Kid down our hill.

Special Olympics– Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy while participating in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Very Special Camps- Special Needs Summer Camps in Wisconsin– A listing of special needs summer camps available in Wisconsin

Camp Daniel– Camp Daniel is an organization dedicated to providing people with disabilities opportunities for personal, social and spiritual growth. Camp Daniel is rooted in its summer camping program that offers people with disabilities access to safe and fun Northwoods camping experiences, where the physical, social, and spiritual needs, that each person’s disability requires, are lovingly met. Through each week of camp, the dedicated staff at Camp Daniel works toward imparting the belief that each of us have value and been given gifts to offer others. Each camper and volunteer participates in a multitude of activities designed to reinforce the concept of our need for each other and the value of our differences.

Easterseals Wisconsin Camp– Imagine a place where campers with disabilities are free to be themselves and valued for it. Where they are able to try new things and make new friends in an accessible, inclusive, and fun environment. Campers of all ages and abilities can challenge themselves, set goals and accomplish them – making the most of their camp experience. In this relaxed environment, families and caregivers can be confident their loved one is safe and taken care of, and in return, they receive a respite. Campers will have the time of their lives at a place they’ll never forget.

Wisconsin Lions Camp– This quality camping experience is provided free-of-charge to eligible children and adults with disabilities from Wisconsin. We serve children and adults who are blind or visually impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, children with intellectual disabilities or autism, children with diabetes, and children with epilepsy. A chance remark, “Blind kids can’t go to outdoor camps and stuff like that…” started it all in 1955 and in 1956, the Lions Clubs of the State of Wisconsin founded the Wisconsin Lions Camp and the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc. to administer the Camp program. From that humble beginning with 26 campers, we are proud to serve 1,200 campers a summer.

Wisconsin Sibs– Children and teens who have siblings with special health or developmental considerations share many unique concerns and joys. Understanding that they are not alone is important. That’s where WisconSibs can help. We offer a variety of programs in northeastern Wisconsin that provide them opportunities to meet other kids who have siblings with special needs, including the award-winning program called Sibshops. We also provide summer camps and other opportunities for young siblings that provide information, leadership skills, respite and lots and lots of fun.

Wisconsin State Park System- Accessible Cabins for People with Disabilities– offers accessible cabins at Wisconsin State Campgrounds. For those unable to use outdoor campsites, the Wisconsin State Park System offers 10 accessible cabins. There are 8 larger cabins and 2 smaller, rustic cabins. These cabins are available only to people with disabilities and their guests and must be reserved ahead of time.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers– Minor League Baseball team offering theme nights

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