2019 Inclusive Summer Activity Guide

Looking for fun activities to keep you busy during the summer months? Well you’re in luck, because we compiled this comprehensive list with loads of inclusive events and activities to choose from. Be sure to visit this page often, because we’ll keep it updated throughout the summer season!

Summer Events and Activities

Summit Metro Parks Spree for All

  • May 1st through June 30th
  • Enjoy your Metro Parks on flat, easy trails — good for strollers, wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Spree rewards are FREE for Summit County residents.

Summit DD BLAST Events

  • May 3rd (Cinco De Mayo Dance), May 18th (Bowling), June 8th (Riverfront Irish Festival), June 21st (RubberDucks Game)
  • The mission of BLAST is to provide safe social and recreational activities to people with developmental disabilities. BLAST events are a great way to develop and foster friendships with peers.

Lights Up Sound Down Sensory Friendly Movies

  • May 19th (Detective Pikachu), June 2nd (Aladdin), June 30th (Toy Story 4), July 28th (Lion King)
  • Looking for a sensory-friendly night at the movies? Lake 8 Movies is hosting events this summer that are fully inclusive! Showtime is typically between 4-5:30PM. Call 330-848-6566 for all the details about a week prior to the showing. Tickets are $7.50 and include a small popcorn and small drink!

Special Needs Sock Hop

  • May 18th from 1-3PM
  • New Life Episcopal Church is hosting a Sock Hop for adults with special needs! Plan to sing, dance, and make new friends!

Zoothing Hours at the Akron Zoo

  • May 19th, June 21st, July 7th, August 16th from 9-10AM
  • The zoo will open an hour early for guests with special needs who don’t like crowds or loud noises.

Autism Society Step Into Autism (Formerly the Autism 5K Run and Walk)

  • June 15th
  • The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) will host its ninth annual signature FUNdraiser to support individuals and families living with autism in our community! This one-of-a-kind family event brings professionals, educators, families, neighbors, and friends together to celebrate autism.

Autism Society iCan Bike Camp

  • July 8th through 12th
  • This 5-day camp teaches individuals of all different abilities how to ride a two-wheel bicycle without training wheels.  It is truly an amazing experience for both participants and volunteers.

Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk

  • August 24th from 8AM-12PM
  • The Buddy Walk was created by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. This year will mark the 19th anniversary of the Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk!

Playhouse Square Sensory-Friendly Lion King

  • August 31st at 1:30PM
  • Playhouse Square is proud to present a sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King. This performance is intended for individuals with sensory sensitivities, autism spectrum disorders and other sensory, social and cognitive challenges or issues. We welcome family and friends to experience the show together. For more sensory-friendly Playhouse Square information, click here.

Cedar Point Fun for All

  • Resources available throughout the entire 2019 Season
  • First and foremost, Cedar Point is about fun. Fun for everyone. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about navigating and enjoying the park and all of its experiences for those with disabilities.

Home Depot Kids Workshops

  • Home Depot is not just for adults! The store offers DIY projects for even the youngest builders. The free Home Depot Kids Workshop offers a different building project each month and provides a safe, creative and hands-on parent-child experience.

Sky Zone Sensory Hours

  • Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.

Chuck E. Cheese Sensory Sensitive Sundays

  • Chuck E. Cheese is proud to support families who have children with autism and other special needs. We offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month at participating locations, opening our stores two hours before their normal opening time. Our Sensory Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that work to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit. We realize that the Chuck E. experience can be very stimulating for any child, so our mission is to create an event that allows ALL kids to be a kid.

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