May McHenry County Special Needs Calendar

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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.

mchenry county special needs calendar

May McHenry County Special Needs Calendar

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.

Special Events for Children with Special Needs:

Teen Tastic
3 May 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.

Perspective Play *RR*
16 February 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
* registration required *
Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Dr., Algonquin | (847) 458-6060
Move, groove, communicate and interact. Lead by Preston Brown from Behavioral Perspective, this program is designed for children with autism and others who may benefit from these interactions. All abilities are welcome. For children between the ages of 3 and 7.

Connections Storytime
6 and 13 May 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Dr., Algonquin | (847) 458-6060
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 ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver

Sensory Story Time *RR*
6 May 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
* registration required*
Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway Barrington | (847) 382-1300
Children enjoy books, music, and movement activities designed to engage the senses and build language and literacy skills. For children of all abilities. Program Room. All ages with caregiver.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films 
11 & 25 May 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 sing! 

Kids Club
11 May,  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*
11 May 1:30 – 2:30 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. A registered therapy dog will visit the class. Siblings are welcome. Registration required.

LMNOP
25 May,  6:00 – 8:00 p.m
GiGi’s Playhouse, 5404 W. Elm St., Suite A., McHenry | (815) 385-7529
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.

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


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Families that have a child with special needs don’t need to miss out on regular fun and open play. We round up this month’s events for families and children with special needs all in one place.

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