Celebration of Special Recreation
We are so excited to bring you the first-ever Celebration of Special Recreation - a mini-expo and activity event showcasing recreation activities for people with disabilities of all types. There will be demos and opportunities to try many sports and art activities, plus the grand opening of the NWCSRA sensory room, and tables of information about local activities and services.
This event is for all ages and all abilities. Don't have a disability? Come learn about the community and what we have to offer!
Stop in anytime between 10 am and 2 pm. The first 300 participants can collect their free bag and passport, complete the activities to receive stamps, and use the completed passport to enter our drawing!
Glow Art - black light adaptive/inclusive painting activity by ZotArtz, inventors of specialized equipment for inclusive art activities since 1990 - sponsored by the Bolingbrook Arts Council
NWCSRA Sensory Room - Ribbon Cutting at 9:45am; Sensory Room visits all day long
Wheelchair Basketball, Sit Volleyball, and GoalBall - presented by Lincolnway Special Recreation Association of New Lenox
Music and Movement - presented by Dynamic Lynks Music Therapy from Oak Park
Beep Baseball - presented by the Chicago Comets
Tabletop Sensory Clay Play - presented by DuPage Children's Museum from Naperville
Vision Screenings - presented by the Bolingbrook Lions Club
Bookmobile - presented by Fountaindale Public Library
Equine Therapy - presented by The Legacy Ranch from Lockport
ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES
NWCSRA Sensory Room
A brand new room full of engaging sensory opportunities.
Reduce stress, anxiety, and pain, increase leisure skills, and de-escalate heightened emotions in this safe place to discover, engage, and grow. Ribbon Cutting at 9:45 am.
This is the most popular team sport for individuals with visual impairments. Participants compete in teams of three, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal. The ball is thrown by hand and never kicked. All are blindfolded during this game to allow individuals of all levels of vision to participate.
Come meet several of our amazing horses. You will have an opportunity to get to know about these amazing animals and learn about yourself in the process by petting and grooming them.
This form of non-mounted psychotherapy integrates the unique intuitive power of horses in a safe, interactive environment.
Zot Artz adaptive tools and assistive technology transform wheelchairs into huge paintbrushes and people of all abilities and ages can stamp, draw, and print to make their mark on a 40' x 50' canvas with glow paint in black light. Everyone can make a print to take home.
This is the world’s most popular accessible sport. Using a sports chair allows athletes extra speed, ergonomics and mobility. Explore the basics of this fun and challenging sport through fun, interactive games. Chairs available for use on the day of the event.
Beep Baseball also known as Beep Ball is similar to traditional baseball, with some modifications. we use a modified 16 inch softball with a rechargeable battery and speaker built in that emits a beeping sound throughout the game, the “Beep Ball”. Our Bases are 4 foot high padded cylinders that also have speakers that bake a buzzing sound. Because there are varying degrees of blindness ALL players are required to wear a blindfold, thus using their hearing to play the game.
Music and Movement
Get ready to dance to awesome music, play instruments, and work on social, motor, and regulation strategies through fun music and movement activities! Join us as we move, groove, and let loose to support individuals of all ages through inclusive and affirming client-centered experiences.
Sensory Clay Play
Participants will explore different properties of clay, homemade playdough, and Madmattr through sensory play.
Activities are all at tabletop height and wheelchair accessible.
All players stay on the ground as they bump, set and spike. This places everyone on a level playing field and brings disabled and able-bodied individuals together to play an enjoyable sport without limiting anyone’s abilities.