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Autism Recreational Events and Programs

Airtastic Play Land
Jacque LeBreck, owner
850 S. Frontenac Road
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 851-7525
Kane County
Airtastic is a play land that offers an experience where children can utilize gross motor skills. Activities encourage bouncing, climbing and balancing. The 18,000-square-foot facility has 10 inflatable play structures, two age-appropriate play areas, and four party rooms. Music Free Mondays benefit children who have sensory integration issues.
Ages: 1-14.
Cost: $7.65 per child (1 hour play).
$8.65 per child (1.5 hours play).
$9.65 per child (2 hours play).
No reservations needed.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Pediatric Development Center
Sib Shop
Sheila Swann-Guerrero, CTRS
3040 N. Wilton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Cook County
(773) 296-8127
Recreational programs for siblings, who have a brother or sister with a disability or chronic condition.
Ages: 5-12 (every other Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.).
5-12 (every other month, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
13-18 (Friday Teen Dinner Club from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.).
Cost: scholarships are available.
No wait list.

All Aboard Diner
1510 B West 75th St.
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Grove Shopping Center (near corner of 75th and Lemont)
(630) 322-8960
DuPage County 
Let's meet for lunch delivered by a train! All Aboard Diner combines a great variety of dishes, including burgers and homemade soups, with an inviting, family oriented atmosphere.
When: watch for upcoming date.
For more information about this event, join Meetup Mothers of Autism (Asperger's, SPD, PDD-NOS).

Annual Dinner and Dance for Autism
Hosted by: A Place for Me

Where: Crystal Light
8400 S. Cicero Ave.
Burbank, IL 60459
Cook County
When: Call for future dates.
Cost: $55
Ticket information: Elaine Reeves Haywood (773) 931-9394 or Gina Cross (773) 339-0944.

Arlington Pediatric Therapy Management Services, Ltd.
Acting Classes
Mary Beth Mayer
3105 N. Wilke Road, Suite H
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-1450
(847) 255-8690, ext. 127
Cook County
Flourish in the Footlights: Step 1-Acting Techniques (10 weeks)
Production Class (20 weeks ending with performance on stage in theater).
When: meets on Mondays at 6 p.m.
Ages: 13 and up.
Cost for both programs: $385; must take Acting Techniques before enrolling in Production Class.
No wait list.

A Big Blast, Gymnastics for Special Kids
(847) 650-8161
One to one ratio and small group gymnastic sessions and cheerleading, dance and Bocce Ball classes with a licensed therapist in a gymnastics school. Therapists combine physical, occupational and language strategies together in the gym. 
Five locations: Northbrook, Elk Grove Village, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Mundelein.
Ages: 2-21.
Cost: insurance eligible.

A Big Blast Project
2210 Linneman St.
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 650-8161
Sunday Sports and Fitness
Where: Northbrook location
The focus of this class is learning basic fitness drills, along with sports skills in baseball and soccer. Everything we do helps develop muscle tone, coordination, strength, endurance, confidence, and socialization. 
When: Sunday, March 4-May 6, 12-1 p.m.
Ages: 5 and up.
Cost: 8 weeks ($200)
Tae Kwon Do
Where: Deerfield location 
The focus of Tae Kwon Do is to teach respect, self-esteem and compassion, while empowering the whole body and mind. Your child will learn to be accountable, responsible and respectful while getting stronger.
When: Saturdays, March 3-June 2, 10-11 a.m.
Ages: 5 and up.
Cost: 12 weeks ($300).
Gymnastics Class 
Where: Mundelein location
The focus of our gymnastics class is to experience each piece of equipment while developing core strength, muscle tone, coordination and confidence.
When: Saturdays, March 10-May 19, 1-2 p.m.
Cost: 8 weeks ($200).

One-on-One Gymnastics Therapy
Licensed pediatric therapist works one-on-one with your child taking traditional therapy out of the office and into the gym. They use gymnastics as a tool to develop muscle tone, core strength, spatial awareness and confidence. Classes are 60 minutes in length, with 45 minutes of therapy and 15 minutes of personal consultation with the therapist. Sessions take place at the following locations:
Where: Gym Spot
915 Tower Road
Mundelein, IL 60060
Where: Flips Gymnastics
27825 Irma Lee Circle
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Where: Naperville Gymnastics
1743 Quincy Ave., #111
Naperville, IL 60540
For more information or to register, email or call (847) 987-3940.
Cost: therapy is insurance eligible; BCBS provider. Otherwise, a super bill will be provided; discount available if you pay upfront.

Sunday Buddy Sports
Sports include Soccer, t-ball and kickball at the Glenbrook Sports Academy in Glenview. 
When: call for upcoming 2012 summer dates.
Ages: 4-9 and 10 and up.
Cost: $200 (8 weeks).

Buddy Cheerleading/Poms-Saturdays
We'll be cheering at the Buddy Baseball games on Saturdays at Twin Creeks Park or practicing at Buffalo Grove Gymnastics!
When: call for upcoming 2012 summer dates.
Cost: $200 (8 weeks); includes t-shirt and bow.

Buddy Martial Arts
Come empower your body and mind by learning a brand of self-defense that includes respect, self-esteem and compassion at Chicago Martial Arts in Deerfield.
When: call for upcoming dates.
Cost: $200 (eight weeks); includes belt. Opportunity to gain stripes and advance.

The Center for Enriched Living
Contact: Vicki Caserno, outreach manager
280 Saunders Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
(847) 948-7001, ext. 220
Lake County
Provides skill development and education for greater independence, community integration, recreation and social programs for people with developmental disabilities. Programs include:  Teen-Scene
Ages: 13-18.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Cost: TBA.
For more information, contact Kelly Holt at (847) 948-7001, ext. 208.

Fun Factory
The Fun Factory is a recreational/enrichment program for younger members to enjoy a safe, supervised environment. The schedule consists of an activity or game period, snack, arts and crafts and a variety of other recreational activities. Parents may stay at The Center while your child participates, a waiting/coffee room will be provided.
Ages: 5 to 12.
When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.
Cost: $150 (six weeks).
For more information about these programs, visit website.

Chicago Park District
Special Recreation at Vittum Park: Fall Session
Xochitl Rodriguez, Special Recreation Coordinator
(773) 284-6022
Where: 5010 West 50th St.
Chicago, IL 60638
When: Call for future dates. (prices are one-time fee)
Inclusion  Play School Activities-Ages: 2-4.
Classroom setting with two instructors and an assistant.
When: every Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $60.
Jr. Athletes-Ages: 2-7.
Introduction to sports and physical activity.
When: some Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5.
Fun and Games-Ages: 6-13.
After school programming provides homework help, physical activity and art activities.
When: every Wednesday and Friday, 2-5 p.m. and Saturday 12-3 p.m.
Cost: $15.
Social Club-Ages: 14 and up.
Programming provides homework help, field trips, physical activities and independent living skills (cooking classes).
When:  Tuesday through Friday 2-5 p.m. and Saturday 12-3 p.m.
Cost: $20.
Special Olympic Training-Ages: 8 and up.
Sport specific training (includes bowling and swimming)
When:  every Tuesday and Thursday 5-7 p.m.
Must complete a Special Olympic Medical Application
Cost: $8.
Sports Camp-Ages: 8 and up.
Introduction to sports.
When: every Wednesday and Friday 5-7 p.m.
Cost: $8.

Cosley Zoo
1356 N Gary Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 665-5534
DuPage County
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the zoo grounds and then take a walk around to see all the animals. Don't miss the big red caboose. Open year round daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Join Meetup Mothers of Autism and learn more about this event.
When: find out when the next event is through Meetup's website.
Cost: free admission; donations accepted. 10 or more in a group, must call for a reservation.

Cooking Program for Kids on the Spectrum
Multimedia publication created for parents and educators of children with autism. Let’s Cook! Life Skills for Kids on the Autism Spectrum combines video, slides and downloadable visual aids in an entertaining and informative digital format that demonstrates how to help kids with autism learn an important life skill – cooking. It features structured, predictable activities that help support children on the spectrum to engage and communicate in a natural social situation.
Cost: free.

Dance With Flair, LLC
Dancing on the Spectrum
Dance instructor: Angela Flaherty
168 S. Adams St.
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 201-4305
Kendall County
Class is designed for a child on the spectrum, although any special needs child and parent may attend the class. The class will be structured with a picture schedule to help students to understand what comes next. Steps, will be broken down in order for students to understand how to execute them. Parents will assist students at their own levels.
When: contact organization for upcoming date and time.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $40 (per session). Ask about scheduling a theme birthday party for your special needs child.

Day at the Lake
for those with physical or developmental challenges and their families
Located on Lake Como, WI
W 3650 S. Shore Drive
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Register to attend at:
Bring swimsuits, sunscreen, lawn chairs and towels
When: call for future dates.
Leave name and number of people attending. Late registration is possible.

Exceptional Music for Exceptional Families:
A Concert for Families of Children with Autism and Special Needs
North Park University Concert Band

Where: North Park University Anderson Chapel
3225 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 244-5743
Cook County
This performance experience is specifically designed for children with autism and special needs and their families. Featuring the NPU Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Joe Lill-the evening will bring music to this special audience in a most welcoming and safe surrounding. Unlike a traditional concert hall experience, audience members will be encouraged to freely enjoy the enriching power of music.
When: call for upcoming dates.
Cost: free admission.

Exercise Connection Corporation
David S. Geslak, BS, CSCS, founder/president
65 E. Harris Ave., Suite A2
La Grange, IL 60525
(630) 418-4050
Cook County
The Exercise Connection hosts workshops, in-services and seminars to help parents, schools, and professionals develop exercise programs for children and adults with autism. Exercise Connection designs cost-effective programs that utilize the exercise equipment of the home, school or autism center. The Exercise Connection has presented at the Sonya Ansari Center for Autism (South Bend, IN), Autism Symposium (St. Joseph, MI), Clare Woods Academy (Bartlett, IL), and developed a special recreation program for Giant Steps Illinois (Lisle, IL).
Ages: 4 and up.
Insurance not accepted.
Hourly rate: varies on service.
No wait list.

Family Yoga at Campanelli YMCA
for individuals with Autism
300 W. Wise Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193
Cook County
Call Leigh Ferstein (847) 891-9622, x 110 or 

Family Yoga
When: Saturdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Group class of 6 to 15 participants to help build rapport and basic understanding of yoga. A family friendly class the whole family can participate in; all participants do not have to be affected by autism.
Cost: $45 (for 3 sessions per child and/or family member).

Adult Yoga for Asperger's
When: Saturdays, 1:45-2:45 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Group class of 6 to 15 participants who will build rapport and learn the basic understanding of yoga.
Cost: $45 (for 3 sessions per child and/or family member).
When: call for future dates.

Flourish Studio
Drama Time
Teacher: Jacqui Russell
3020 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Cook County
(773) 294-2560
Information about Jacqui Russell.  
Drama Time is an interactive theater games class for up to ten children (at a time) on the autism spectrum; parents attend the class with their son or daughter. Each session consists of songs, warm ups, interactive games that encourage imagination, emotional expression and some good old fashioned fun and play acting.
When: meets on Saturdays; call for upcoming date and time.
Ages: 7-12.
Cost: $200.
No wait list.

Funtastic Gymnastic Therapy
Patricia Ostrow, (414) 254-2291
Kelly Donley, (224) 515-9060
Locations include: western and northern Chicago suburbs, as well as Milwaukee area.
(414) 254-2291
Provides one-on-one instruction for special needs children using gymnastics as a means to enhance the therapeutic experience. Classes are 30 to 45 minutes in length depending on the skill of your child. The goal is to graduate each child into the small group sessions. Instruction is provided from licensed therapists including occupational, physical, speech, and the aid of one or more assistants. They use balance beams, trampolines, springboards, tumbling exercises, pummel horse and swings.
Ages: 2-21.
Cost: all sessions are insurance eligible; public insurance not accepted.
No wait list.

Giant Steps' Autumn Autism Race
Jeni Fulton 
Where: St. James Farm
Warrenville, IL
Giant Steps is proud to present the First Annual Autumn Autism Race, a 5K Run/Walk to benefit children and families touched by autism. 
When: Call for future dates.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., the 5K race at 10:00 a.m., and the one mile walk at 10:15 a.m. There will also be a post race celebration at 11:00 a.m. that will include lunch, music, games, and fun. 
Cost: The race will have a single entry fee of $35, but we are encouraging families and supporters to create race teams and set fundraising goals for the event.

Special Needs Playtime
14511 S. Van Dyke Road
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 609-6360
Will County
GymQuest invites every child, no matter what skill level, to benefit from learning the fundamentals of gymnastics and tumbling which can carry over to any number of other sports. Must bring waiver, download here.Gymquest had offered to set-up a special time for their group to come and play each month. Meetup Mothers of Autism (Aspergers, SPD, PDD-NOS) group will do this event every month.
When: Call for future dates..
Ages: 6 months to 17 years.
Cost: $5 (per child).
No wait list.

Have Dreams
Animal Assisted Therapy
Dana La Brose, MMNA
515 Busse Highway, Suite 150
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 685-0250
Cook County
The Have Dreams program staff is fortunate to have been working withAlex Brooks Canine Center and will continue the Pals and Paws Program. They will be working on the following skills with your child during this program: greeting dogs, taking care of dogs, walking dogs, playing with pets, dog safety, dog tricks and other related activities. This therapy will be incorporated within all programs on a rotating basis.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Other Programs at Have Dreams:
Cooking & Conversation
Cooking activities provide a natural opportunity for practicing social skills, following directions, turn taking, and reading. Games and activities, which promote conversation, comprehension and asking/answering questions, round out the program.
When: meets on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Ages: 11-14.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Reading/Breakthrough to Literacy
A computer-based literacy program for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, and second grade levels. Trained staff individually supervises each session.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Wee Dream Program
This is a center-based program in which the child will be engaged in social learning situations and activities. These learning centers will include table games, art, music/movement and circle activities. Throughout the class there will be an emphasis on expanding social skills and increasing language.
Ages: 2 to 5.
When: Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11:15 a.m.
Ages: 2 to 5.
When: Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2:15 p.m.
Insurance not accepted.
Cost: $25 (per class).
No wait list.

Irving Park YMCA
Goldfish Swimming Classes
Cassaundra Dolan, aquatics director
4251 W. Irving Park
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 326-2608
Cook County
Goldfish swim class if for those children on the autism spectrum, including neurological, physical, or socially challenged individuals. This program will focus on developing water safety, social interaction, and basic swimming skills. A free 15-minute assessment is required before starting the program. They offer small class size, certified instructors and warm water. 
When: Saturdays, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. Classes runs for 8-weeks, 30 minutes long. 
Ages: 3-15.
Cost: $78 (members); $156 (non-members).
No wait list.

JoRide Bicycles
Steven Cohen, founder 
(630) 258-2543
Pedal-less bicycles for special needs children and adults. JoRide Bicycles were created for individuals with special needs, regardless of age or physical limitation, to create the ability, freedom, independence, comfort, and stability to learn how to ride a bicycle.
Our bicycles are offered to: individuals, schools, private therapy day education, care centers, and all other physical assistance locations.

Kim Hoehne, MA, BCBA
3100 Dundee Road, Suite 704
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 498-KIDS (5437)
On The Town
Ages: 8-16.
When: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
On the Town is a great program for children, who have social skill knowledge and have had practice with relationship and social development in structured settings but who would benefit from support in applying these skills to natural community environments more consistently.
Meets: one time per week for 1 1/2 hours, depending on the community activity. Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their children at the outing location and will be asked to pay for any tickets or entrance fees required. A schedule of the outings will be given at the first social group. This group is facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)
Opened their wait list. They are now taking applications for athletes. KEEN is a national, non-profit volunteer-led organization that provides one-on-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers.

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)
Jump Sky High
Where: 6424 Howard St.
Niles, IL 60714
Jump Sky High is a unique indoor trampoline fun center located in Niles (public transportation accessible). For more information about Sky High please visit their website or use the link above.
When: May 19, at 6:30 p.m. This is a monthly event and everyone is welcome to attend.
Cost: $5 (per child) 
Space is limited. You must RSVP by calling (312) 876-2535 or email:

Tween Activities
Anne Maddock
6300 N. Ridge Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
Cook County
(773) 973-6300 or (773) 273-3064
Offers outreach events for children with special needs. Parents or guardian must accompany child to event.
When: watch for upcoming news about next event.

Master Mix Academy
Sensory DJ Workshop
David Mays, executive director
7421 S. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
Cook County
(773) 501-6797
The sensory DJ workshop provides fun sensory simulation exercises, based on the sensory perception and motor activities of a disc jockey. The sensory DJ workshop is designed for children with special needs (autism/cognitive impairment) and conducted in a musical sensory friendly environment. Master Mix Academy can bring the sensory DJ workshop to your event or educational institution.
Ages: 5-17
Cost: individual rate: (on-site or mobile workshop): 
$75 for two-hour workshop (1-2 participants):
free audio and MP3 music (assorted CD colors).
Group rate: (on-site or mobile workshop): 
$350 for two-hour workshop (6-10 participants):
free audio and MP3 music ()assorted CD colors).
Private and public insurance not accepted.

The Morton Arboretum
Animal Houses
4100 Illinois, Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-0074
DuPage County
See, touch, and explore 11 imaginative animal houses, all built to human-scale. It's your chance to imagine life as an animal and learn how trees provide animal habitats. Climb in a squirrel drey. Rummage through a raccoon den. Perch in a heron nest.
Ages: all.
Cost: $11 adults (18-64) ($7 Wednesdays).
$10 seniors (65+) ($6 Wednesdays).
$8 youth (2-17) ($5 Wednesdays).
Cost: free (under 2 years old).
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission includes free parking.

National Lekotek Center
2001 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 528-5766
Cook County
Lekotek makes play accessible to children with all types of disabilities through special play and learning centers where they can have fun with traditional toys, adapted toys, books and computers.
Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Evening and Saturday hours are available, by appointment only.
Ages: birth to 8 years.
Cost: $10-$150 (for yearly membership).
Sliding scale fee available.
6 to 9 month wait list.

North Suburban YMCA in partnership with
Exercise Connection
2705 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contact: Sari Glazebrook 
(847) 272-7250 x 1216
The NSYMCA will host a three week summer adult fitness class for individuals with special needs, particularly suited for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This partnership program is offered through the Y's H.A.W.K.S Program. Laura Fine, Director of Training will be leading a exercise class for adults with Autism and Special Needs. By applying ECs philosophy of structure, visual, sensory and individual supports, this class will incorporate the ECs five components of fitness: body image, posture, motor coordination, muscular fitness, and cardiovascular fitness. Through learning to maintain a healthy lifestyle, this program can be a gateway to build self-esteem, fitness, leadership skills and relationships for your children.
When: Session 1: Thursdays 4:30 pm June 13, 20, and 27
Session 2: Thursdays 4:30 pm August 1, 8, and 15
Class space is limited to six participants 18 and older.
Cost: $90 Y member, $120 non-member
Cost to support one-on-one aide: $135 Y member, $165 non-member

Northside Athletes
Where: St. Matthias
4910 N. Claremont
Chicago, IL
Cook County
emails: (Sandy Wettig) or (Michelle Wysocki) for registration information.
The Northside Athletes is a new sports program for children with developmental disabilities. Have some fun and join the Northside Athletes as they practice track and field skills needed to participate in the Special Olympics. Each athlete will be assigned a buddy during practice to help provide direction and encouragement. When: Sundays, 3-4 p.m.
Ages: 8-15.

Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)
Park Central
3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
(847) 392-2848
Cook County
Provides a full array of recreation services to children and adolescents with autism and other disabilities within 17 park districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Offers bowling, track and field training, fitness and swimming, games (go to sports), and springtime fun camp (go to camps).
Ages: birth and up.
Cost: varies.
See brochure for registration deadlines.

Party Time Palace
723 West Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 437-3100
Cook County
Spacious facility that includes games and attractions: slides, space walks, interactive inflatables, mini golf, arcade games, inflatable bull riding, bumper boats, bumper cars, kiddie train, and toddler play area. Location includes: birthday party packages, family specials, field trips and groups.
Business Hours: M-Th, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $3 (attraction wristband).
$9.99 (unlimited rides).

Phillips Park Zoo
1000 Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 978-4774
Kane County
Year round zoo exhibits include: bald eagles, gray Wolves, cougars, a fox, an arctic fox, a platinum red fox, north american river otters, llamas, elk bull and herd, goats, a pot-bellied pig, reptiles, swans, ducks, turkeys, peacocks and more.
Business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily).
Ages: all.
Cost: free admission.

A Place for Children
Lego Group
Alexandra Koroleva-Regalado, MEd
7830 W. North Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
(847) 387-5342
Cook County

2nd Location:
2425 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
(847) 387-5342
Cook County
If your child loves building and stacking blocks, then they will love this lego group. This class is an opportunity for your child to practice social skills by working with other children to create projects with legos.
When: Group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays (at Pratt location) and Wednesdays and Fridays (at Elmwood Park location) from 5 to 6 p.m.
Ages: 5 to 10.
Private insurance accepted (BCBS).
Cost: $8 (per class).
No wait list.

Right Fit
Eric Stone
7101 S. Adams St., Unit 7
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 850-4050
DuPage County
Ages: 3-18.
Inclusive fitness facility that provides comprehensive wellness programs that teach and promote the benefits of proper posture, daily exercise, efficient movement patterns and balanced nutrition.
Fee varies; private training packages available for individual and group exercise programs.
No wait list.

The Rising Stars
Summer Workshops
1039 College Ave., Suite I
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 665-SING
DuPage County
If aide is needed, there will be an extra fee.
Ages: 4-5.
When: WEE Rising Stars from 1-2:30 pm, M-F.
Cost: $180.
Ages: first through third grade.
When: MINI Rising Stars from 1-2:30 pm, M-F.
Cost: $180.
Ages: first through third grade.
When: MINI Rising Stars "PLUS" from 2:30 to 4 pm, M-F.
Cost: $270.
Ages: fourth through sixth grade.
When: YOUNG Rising Stars from 1 to 4 pm, M-F.
Cost: $230.
Ages: sixth through eighth grade.
When: JH Rising Stars from 9 am to noon, M-F.
Cost: $230.
Ages: ninth grade and up.
When: HS Rising Stars from  9 am to noon, M-F.
Cost: $230.
Rising Stars also offers year-round opportunities in private instruction for voice, guitar and percussion. For more information about the Rising Stars Show Choir, click here.
Possible wait list.

Georgia Weber
4500 Belmont Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 960-7600
DuPage County
Provides year-round recreation services for individuals with disabilities and is an extension of the park districts.
Serving the following parks: Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lisle, Westmont, Woodridge, Villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park and Western Springs. Programs are offered to provide opportunities for socialization, to learn or improve a leisure skill, and to integrate into the community. They are offered at local community centers, bowling alleys and other private businesses, the SEASPAR office, and a variety of other locations in the community. Other programs include: special events, day camp, inclusion, cooperative programs, leisure education, and EAGLES (enhancing adult growth through lifestyle education and service).
Ages: 3 and up.
Cost: varies.
No wait list, but no guarantees. Registration required. 

Shadow Screen Theater
Nichols Library
200 W. Jefferson Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 961-4100
DuPage County
When: call for upcoming date and time.
Second location:
Naper Boulevard Library
2035 S. Naper Blvd.
Naperville, IL 60565
(630) 961-4100
DuPage County
Shadow Screen theatre returns. Join us as we turn the lights down low and watch the marvels of stories and songs told with shadows on our large screen. The program is for children of all ages and their caregivers. If you wish to talk with a person or need accessibility information, call Mary Bannon, program coordinator at (630) 961-4100, ext. 2231.
No registration required.
Cost: no fee.

Siegels Cottonwood Farm
17250 S. Weber Road
Crest Hill, IL 60441
(815) 741-2693
Will County
100 year old, 40 acre family farm. Activities include: hay rides, giant slides, 26 ft. climbing wall, gem mining, pony rides, train rides, moonwalk, farm animals, play areas and much more.
Cost: $12 (per person). Kids under two are free. Parking is free.

Special Needs Storytime at Naperville Boulevard Library
2035 S. Naper Blvd.
Naperville, IL 60565
(630) 961-4100
DuPage County
Naperville Library is hosting a storytime for the Meetup Mothers of Autism Group once a month. Stop by and let the kids sing and listen to stories. Each month the group will alternate libraries. Click on link to join Meetup Mothers of Autism.
When: Join group to find out their next event.
Ages: for smaller children.
Cost: no fee.

Special Recreation at Vittum Park (Chicago Park District)
Xochitl Rodriguez, special recreation coordinator
5010 W. 50th Street
Chicago, IL 60638
(773) 284-6022
Cook County
Playschool Activities:
An inclusion program to integrate children with disabilities in a two hour play group. The group will be lead by traditional and special recreation staff.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Ages: 2-4
Cost: $60.
Jr. Athletes
Introduction to the world of sports and physical activity for ages 2-7.
When: some Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5.

Tellin' Tales Theatre
360 E. Randolph St., Suite 1006
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 409-1025 (reservations)
Cook County
Tellin' Tales Theatre's mission is to build community through the art of storytelling. Their company gathers the stories of groups or individuals - including adults and children with disabilities - and creates theatrically innovative performances using mentoring and collaboration. Tellin' Tales is dedicated to providing a venue for bringing together diverse people. Their aim is to help the audience and performers recognize their commonalties and build a sense of community where none existed before.
Cost: $15 (adults); $10 (students).

Trinity Services Autism & Family Resource Center
Resource Library
Katie Decker
13318 W. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-4273
Will County
Resource library provides information about various resources, services, and upcoming community events. Families can borrow books, games, toys, and other learning aids for short periods of time. Announcing Make and Take Fridays at the Resource Room! The theme for November is Math and Counting. Children will have two crafts to choose from: Counting the Turkeys or Adding Up the Turkeys.
When: every Friday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: One project per person is free, additional projects cost $1 to $2 each.
Library hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

Ty Warner Splash Park
Meetup Mothers of Autism Group (Aspergers, SPD, PDD-NOS)
Where: 416 E. Ogden Ave.
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 887-0222
DuPage County
This park is enclosed on all sides and has tons of water features for the kids without the risk of a swimming pool. To learn more about this Meetup.
When: Find out when next Meetup event through their website.
Cost: $2 (Westmont residents).
$4 (non-residents).
Adults are free with kids' admission.

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
Boardmaker Communication
(630) 681-0962
Boardmaker Communication picture schedules are available for the use in WDSRA’s autism spectrum disorder programs. Boardmaker can help individuals who cannot speak and is used as a tool for designing and printing augmentative communication tables. The software supplies a complete dictionary of picture communication symbols (PCS) from Mayer-Johnson, with verbal labels in various languages. Please contact the WDSRA office and they will be happy to set up the communication tool to meet your child’s individual needs.

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