March McHenry County Special Needs Calendar

Special Fun for Special Needs

Families that have a child with special needs don’t need to miss out on regular fun and open play. The McHenry County Special Needs Calendar rounds up this month’s events for families and children with special needs all in one place. Unless otherwise stated, all events require preregistration. See the event listings for more information and to register.

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March McHenry County Special Needs Events

Weekly Events for Children with Special Needs:

Open Play
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm Street, McHenry | (815) 385-7529
Families and their friends are invited to the playhouse for playtime. Open play helps promote positive beginnings for new families with a child with Down syndrome, creates awareness opportunities for peers and friends, and provides support and networking for families. Come ready for fun and a crazy good time! Open to families with children of all ages and their friends.

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Special Events for Children with Special Needs:

Teen Tastic
6 March 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm Street, McHenry | (815) 385-7529
Focuses on building social skills with friends without Down syndrome by participating in team-based activities in a casual and fun setting.
Recommended for ages 13 -17 years old.

Connections Storytime
9 March 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Dr.
A storytime for children to make connections with their caregivers, other children, and literacy. Designed for the inclusion of children with developmental delays. All abilities are welcome. For children ages birth to 5.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films 
14 & 28 March 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
AMC Theatres in Lake in the Hills and South Barrington
AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where the theaters turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up and dance, walk, shout or

Kids Club
14 March,  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm St., Suite A., McHenry | (815) 385-7529
This program is designed to support the development of social skills and language through peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting! Kids Club supports gross motor skills through active games, fine motor, and self- help skills through meal/snack preparation and activities. The Kids Club program is recommended for 8—12 year olds

Sensory Storytime *RR*
14 March 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
* registration required *
Crystal Lake Public Library, 126 Paddock Street, Crystal Lake | (815) 459-1687
This storytime, designed for children with special needs, features movement, music, stories, and hands-on activities. Siblings are welcome.

Sensory Saturday
21 March 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
McHenry Public Library District, 809 Front St., McHenry | (815) 385-0036
A sensory event designed for children with disabilities, their families, and friends!  Celebrate the coming of spring with everything rainbows featuring movement, music, stories, and hands-on activities. Discover the feel of colors within a rainbow, experience hands-on activities.

LMNOP Leaps & Bounds
28 March 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Gigi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm St., McHenry
LMNOP is an interactive and engaging program designed to guide parents and young children through learning basic sign language and other forms of communication using music and language-based activities.  LMNOP is recommended for ages Newborn-36 months. Leaps & Bounds program promotes social, emotional, large and small muscle group development. Children will participate in fun and engaging activities that require movement and interaction with their environment.  Recommended for children ages 3-5 years old.

Do you know of a program or event we missed? Share it in the comments so we can add it!

Download a printable calendar of this month’s events. Click on the image to download and save a copy to print off or share with other families:

Download the March Special Needs Calendar.

March McHenry County Special Needs Calendar

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