A summer activity and resource guide for parents
We are back with some more Soaring into Summer ideas to help you have a fun-filled summer! If you are looking for local activities to do with your family, check out the list below. You can also find some fun and affordable activities you can easily do at home. Enjoy!
Barnes & Noble offers free virtual story times
Common Ground Playground in Lakeland, FL is a super fun and free park that is inclusive
Social Spectrum Club in central Lakeland, FL
“Currently we have two groups. Ages 14-17 meets on Tuesday's from 4:30pm-6:30pm and Ages 9-13 meets Thursday's from 3:30-5:30pm. We also have a virtual online Video Gaming group on Monday's from 5-6:30pm. Depending on your child's age, location and ability level; will determine which group is most appropriate.”
o “Various activities including but not limited to: Improvisational theater, Art projects, Science activities, Yoga, Lego STEM Building and Robotics Coding, Sensory & Aromatherapy play, Social Skills related games, Board Games, Collaborative video Gaming & Educational Technology, Field trips, Social Outings, Reading to Rescue Horses, Therapeutic Animal Interaction, Bike riding, Nature walks, Special Holiday events and More!”
Lakeland City Baseball Buddy Ball in Lakeland, FL
“Lakeland City Baseball's LCB Buddy Ball® League is for boys and girls with physical and/or intellectual disabilities, ages 5 and up. Our purpose is for these players to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. LCB is proud to be involved in this important outreach to our community and is pleased in the growth this program has enjoyed over the years. LCB Buddy Ball is headed by Coach Daryl Johnson who has managed and coached baseball for LCB for many years. His experience in youth sports makes him well-qualified to head this program. Each LCB Buddy Ball player is accompanied by a buddy, who can be a parent, sibling, friend or just someone wanting to help the players have fun and enjoy the game. Each LCB Buddy provides assistance as needed, for example, a player in a wheelchair may need a push around the bases, or a child with developmental delays may need assistance with batting or throwing; others may need help catching or simply finding the bases. LCB has players with a wide variety of special needs, therefore LCB Buddies are very important, providing encouragement to help LCB Buddy Ball players achieve their goals of having fun and participating in an organized game of baseball.”
The Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa, FL is certified as an "Autism-Friendly Business." They have Sunshine Sundays every other month for families with kids with special needs and Free Tuesdays.
“Our thoughtfully curated sensory-friendly events offer special tools, community resources, and lights and sounds turned down. Check out our monthly Sunshine Sunday program, sensory-friendly versions of our most popular seasonal events like Halloween Spree, and other tools listed below.”
Regal Theaters offers $1 movies
All Persons Rotary Park in Brandon, FL is an inclusive park https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/locations/all-persons-rotary-park
All Persons Rotary Park is a universal playground that has picnic shelters, playground, public parking, splash pad, and restrooms
Tampa Firefighters Museum is Tampa, FL is free
“The vision of the Tampa Firefighters Museum, Inc. is to preserve the rich history, culture, and significance of the Tampa Fire Department by sharing real-life events, exhibits, and life safety education while ensuring our future by encouraging the next generation to pursue the fire service as a profession.”
Safe and Sound Swimmers Program
Hillsborough, Polk, and Pasco Counties
Hosted by Behavioral Progression Inc.
Behavioral Progression, Inc. provides private swim lessons for individuals with and without special needs who may have not been successful with traditional learn-to-swim programs. We allow the child to learn at his/her own pace! This program incorporates Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques with learn-to-swim methods to promote water safety and lasting change in swimming skills. Our instructors make every effort to build a stress-free, fun learning environment, with individualization and positive reinforcement in order to encourage swimming success.
- Must be 2 years or older
- No prerequisite skills needed!
Games & Activities
Cars on the Road
-Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
1. Draw a road
2. Drive toy cars on the road
3. Have fun!
Helpful tip: Incorporate matching! Draw multiple roads in different colors. Have your child drive a car on the road of the same color.
Arts & Crafts
-4 or more pom-poms
-1 popsicle stick
-2 wobbly eyes
-Glue (hot glue is easy and quick, white tacky glue will work)
Instructions: 1. Glue one of the pom-poms to the end of a popsicle stick. 2. Then glue more pom-poms on each side of the first pom-pom.
3. Glue two googly eyes to one of the pom-poms which is on the end of the worm.
4. Now place him in your book with the "bookworm" sitting on the top of the book.
Helpful tip: Create opportunities to work on social skills by doing this activity with friends!
Create Your Own Parfait
-Yogurt of your choice
-Fruit (suggested: assorted berries)
1. Pre-wash and cut fruit
2. Full cup with yogurt
3. Add fruit
4. Sprinkle on granola
Helpful tip: Use squeeze yogurts to incorporate fine motor skills!
Keep an eye out for an Arts & Crafts Giveaway we will be doing next week!