Special Needs Sleepover
Roll out your sleeping bags inside the glittery Gems and Minerals Hall or beside the towering dinosaur fossils on Friday, August 17, inside the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The family overnight, designed for children ages 5–20 with sensory needs, includes sensory activities, a 3D film, a Dino Dance Party, calm rooms throughout the entire museum and extra help from trained therapists. $3 per adult chaperone (one for every two youths); $45 per youth. Go online or call to register.
Dallas, 214/756-5763; perotmuseum.org
Summer Show Tunes
The Starcatchers, North Texas Performing Arts’ drama program for children and adults with special needs, takes its latest show to the Fairview Youth Theatre. On Saturday, August 25, sit back with your family’s own aspiring thespians to hear the students perform songs from their favorite musicals. $10 per person.
Fairview, 972/422-2575; northtexasperformingarts.org/starcatchers
Special Needs Swim Time
Take advantage of the warm evening water on Saturday, August 4, when the Special Ones Network offers free admission for families of kids with special needs at Surf and Swim, the wave pool and splash pad at Garland’s Audubon Park. The nonprofit’s 10th annual swim time runs from 6:30–8:30pm after Surf and Swim closes to the public. Outside food and drinks are welcome, and free baked goods and lemonade will be available for snacking. Advance registration is requested but not required. FREE
Garland, 972/979-5244; specialonesnetwork.com
All Abilities Playground
After breaking ground in spring 2017, the new All Abilities Playground at McKinney’s Bonnie Wenk Park will soon be open for summer playtime. The playground features artificial turf, wheelchair ramps to equipment, a wooden skywalk and many more play structures all designed for children with developmental delays, special sensory requirements or physical challenges to easily maneuver between them. Look online for the opening day announcement, expected in late July or August.
McKinney, 972/547-7330; mckinneyparks.org; rotaryplayground.com
When the summer heat has you begging for a cool breeze, you’ll find it in spades in the indoor wind tunnel at iFLY Fort Worth. Let your kids safely experience the sensation of skydiving when iFLY offers an All Abilities Night on Wednesday, July 11, exclusively for those with physical or cognitive challenges. $39.95 includes two one-minute flights assisted by specially trained instructors and a video to take home. Call to reserve your family’s spot.
Hurst, 817/818-4359; iflyworld.com/all-abilities