5 Things to Do in November and December for All Abilities
5 family-fun opportunities this winter season
Words Elizabeth Smith
Published October 2018 DFWThrive
Updated October 22, 2018
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Lone Star Camp for Limb-Different Athletes

Register ASAP for your child’s spot at these sports workshops designed specifically for limb-different youth ages 4–17 by NubAbility Athletics. The Illinois-based nonprofit’s first event in Texas focuses on football, baseball, softball, cheering and tumbling on Nov. 17 in Mesquite and Nov. 18 in Carrollton. $150 for a limb-different camper and one parent; discounts for siblings and additional guardians. Scholarship applications required (and camp registration encouraged) by Nov. 1. Mesquite and Carrollton, 618/357-0237

Panther Island Ice

The coolest hangout place this winter is on the ice—real ice—at the city’s one and only outdoor skating rink reopening Nov. 16–Jan. 14 at the Coyote Drive-In movie complex. Panther Island Ice welcomes wheelchair skaters as well, so lace up your own skates and get onto the rink with your littles for some slipping and sliding. Accessible parking available. $12 admission includes skate rental and access to the concession stand. Free for spectators. 223 NE Fourth St., Fort Worth, 682/704-7711

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!

A few days before New Year’s, party with the kids like it’s 2019 when puppet friends from the Sesame Street gang—Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby and Oscar—perform at Allen Event Center Dec. 28–30. General admission tickets from $35. Go online to claim wheelchair accessible and companion seats, and for an additional $30, snag tickets for preshow experiences that include character meet and greets, an on-stage tour of the neighborhood and a chance to help decorate for the party you’ll see on stage.
Allen, 800/745-3000

Sensory and ASL Holiday Shows

On stage at Dallas Children’s Theater, witness the slightly spooky A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens on Nov. 25 and sweet holiday story of The Snowy Day on Dec. 16 during DCT’s American Sign Language performances for the deaf or hard of hearing. Reserve your tickets online for the best seats closest to the interpreter. Tickets from $15. For your kids with sensory issues, come for the Ghost Tale on Nov. 17 with brighter house lights and lower sound. Tickets are only $5. Dallas, 214/740-0051

Inaugural HIPster Relay

The Hugely Important People (lovingly called HIPsters) of My Possibilities have more than their brand-new college campus to celebrate—they’ve also got a brand-new fun day coming up on Saturday, Nov. 3. Join them for the first-ever HIPster Relay, an all-inclusive evening of prizes, DJ-spun music and team relay races open to walkers, runners and those who use wheelchairs on-site at the Campus for Higher Learning. Fundraising encouraged. Plano, 469/241-9100

For more events tailored to you, check the Special-Needs Friendly option on our online calendar.