Special Needs Recreation

Check with other recreational providers who are not on this list to see if they can make accommodations for your family member and/or allow for a helper to attend with your special needs participant.

Access Santa Cruz
Information on accessing transportation, parks and recreation, and activities for people with special needs

Adventure Scouts USA
Offers nationwide, modern, co-ed, fully nondiscriminatory Scout Programs with teams forming in many areas. Scouts visit “exciting places, interact with real action heroes, and develop friendships.” The Scout Programs offer young people the freedom to choose and develop their own program and activities.

Altitude (and Camp Altitude)
Information on summer camp programs for k-12 grade children with social-cognitive challenges (Asperger’s, NLD, High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS & ADHD) and their families, which offers supportive and fun camping experiences in the summer and weekend camps for the family during the school year, as well as supportive webinars and blogs online.

Angels on Stage
1582 Branham Lane #326, San Jose, CA 95118
Provides an opportunity for children of differing abilities of any type and degree, ages 5-22, to participate in an annual musical theatre production, as well as many other events throughout the year.

Nationwide list of camps for kids and adults with disabilities, including Asperger Syndrome

Balance 4 Kids
Provides respite through San Andreas Regional Center authorization.  Also runs Kids Quest program to help children integrate into the community, participation is limited; call for more information.

Bridge of Hope
MInistry which serves adults in nursing homes as well as young children and teens with disabilities, providing recreational activities, field trips, and birthday parties with gifts and balloons or flowers.  Also provides basic needs (clothing, food, health care items, radios and TV’s) and adaptive equipment such as  Wheelchairs, Walkers, and Hand Cycles, and Assistive technology.

Camp Harmon
Easter Seals camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and serves campers ages 8 to 65 years of age. Each session is designed for a specific age group and for individuals with developmental or physical disabilities.  The camper to counselor ratio for Camp Harmon is 3 campers per 1 counselor,

Camp Krem / Camping Unlimited -  Santa Cruz Mountains
Provides year-around recreational activities and summer camping for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Camp Twitch and Shout
Kids camps and family camps for those affected by Tourette Syndrome, in Georgia – a one of a kind camp!

Challenger Baseball
Little League baseball for children with special needs.

Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz
For ages 7-18. Children with special needs may attend with an aide or a parent. Adult must be finger printed and registered before attending with child. Please call for more detailed information and please make sure environment is appropriate for child. $15.00 per year for membership.

1550 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA
Dance classes for Students with Special Needs; classes for Ages 5- above, Teen/Adults, Special Hip-Hop

P.O. Box 1051, Aptos, CA 95001
Animal therapy program for physically challenged children and adults

Easter Seals
Call for information on camps and ongoing activities, “Wide Awakes and Creative Pathways.”

EvoLibri – Neurodiversity Counseling
Offers social groups and support groups for teens through young adults.

Kid Quest/Club Quest
831- 421-9159
Provides recreational outings in the community like movies, beach, swimming, art, etc.
Kid Quest/Club Quest Center: Kids can attend functions at the center that range from art to gardening, etc.
Please contact for more detailed information regarding schedules and fees. You may use respite hours or pay privately.

Let’s Go! Bay Area
For consumers served by San Andreas Regional Center, and the service providers that assist them. Listings of recreational ideas in the Santa Clara Valley with emphasis on inclusion in the community. Free and cheap activities, food, to day trips and community happenings, places of worship, adapted sports, transportation information, and offerings at local park and recreation departments.

MEET-UP Social Clubs for Neurodiverse Teens and Young Adults (including ASD)
408 735-7990
“EvoLibri Consulting sponsors between four and six social clubs each month — these clubs are designed for neurodiverse teens and young adults ages 14-21.
All social clubs are open to the public BUT you must FIRST come in for a free intake to ensure that you will be comfortable in the group.”
For more info about EvoLibri go to www.evolibri.com, email social@evolibri.com, or call 408 735-7990.

Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center
Equestrian center offers a year round program for all ages and ability levels, including those with special needs. States that they are a full inclusion facility, providing support when needed.

Music Therapy with Marya Stark MT-BC
Marya Stark, a liscensed Music Therapist from Chapman University, provides individual and group music therapy for children and adults with special needs, including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome,TBI, ADHD, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, William’s Syndrome, Physical and Emotional Trauma, and other conditions.

Music Therapy, with Candice Dunston

Music Together with Lizz Hodgin
Fun music program for infants, toddlers and young children.

San Andreas Regional Center
831-728-1781   or   831-688-7633
Camp Costanoan (camp for children w/ Down Syndrome) and more.

Santa Cruz Adaptive Yoga Project
1307 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz
Adaptive Yoga is a class appropriate for most students regardless of their condition. Moving in a safe way they use props, including chairs, bolsters blankets, blocks and ties.The class is wheelchair accessible, but ask that those in wheelchairs bring an aide if they wish to transfer to the floor.   They  have trained assistants available.

Shared Adventures
Ongoing fun events: Day on The Beach, Day in the Sky, dances, art. Please call for more information and
ask to be placed on their mailing list.

Social Cognitive Learning Family Play Days
contact: ikight@aspergersociety.com
Led by Isaac Kight of the Asperger Society, Special Education Advocate, Autism/Social Deficit Specialist
A “Meet-up” group for children and teens, and another group for adults. Groups include any child with a social cognitive deficit including children with Asperger’s, TS, OCD, ADHD, NVLD, and other similar conditions. Positive community support for adults, children, families, and friends for social skills development, independence, happiness, and community.

Special Olympics – USA
“Special Olympics helps almost 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities around the world who compete in 32 Olympic-style individual and team sports that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities.”

Northern California

Counties – search

Monterey Bay
408-392-0170 x213

Silicon Valley
Provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people eight years of age and older with developmental disabilities; must get a physical before participating.

Young Artists Studios
Young Artists Studio is a free, after-school art program including able-bodied and disabled teen artists. Program includes working with professional artists, guest artists, field trips and public exhibitions. We meet Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.