Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we have to sit indoors day after day! There are plenty of inclusive activities and special winter events available around Indy for people of all abilities.
If you’re looking for some special needs-friendly activities this winter, check out these options to get outdoors, get exercise and make use of your child’s pent-up energy.
Perfect North Slopes
Looking for a day trip? Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg offers an adaptive program that gets kids and adults out on the slopes. Adaptive instructors are specially trained to help those with disabilities learn new skills, use adaptive equipment and build self-esteem and confidence. Students in the adaptive ski program must be 4 years old or older, be able to hold their head upright and breathe without using special equipment. If those requirements are met, they are ready to help anyone out on the slopes!
Sensory-friendly hours at Conner Prairie
On the second Sunday of every month, from 10 a.m. to noon is Conner Prairie‘s sensory-friendly hours. This means that some activities on the grounds, such as the Raid presentation at the Dry Goods Store, will be turned off, lights will be dimmed and plenty of quiet spaces and activities will be offered to guests.
Indy Sled Hockey
At Indy Sled Hockey in McCordsville, children (ages 5 and up) and adults with physical disabilities are welcome to experience sled hockey. All equipment is provided, and players can spend as much or as little time as they’d like on the ice. Sled hockey is similar to traditional hockey, with the exception of two smaller hockey sticks to use while sledding across the ice. Blind Hockey is also available, using a larger puck and noise sensory alerts. Stop by for recreational play or sign up to be a part of a competitive team.
Adaptive activities at Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation
Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation offers adaptive programming year-round. All programs are inclusive and modifications can be made for any activity, however, there are also specific classes geared toward individuals with disabilities. The winter/spring catalog includes sports preparation, classing that will teach you how to ride a bike, art classes, toddler and youth fun nights, culinary classes and dance parties. Adults also have special programming geared toward the whole self, including classes on independence, volunteering, socialization and others.