School is starting back this month and that means the crowds at your favorite attractions will be a little lighter than they have been. This is your time to stretch out, explore and to see what works well for your family. We have a few recommendations for August.

August is the last month to enjoy the Adaptive FlowRider Experience with Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation​ before it ends for the season. The FlowRider is a special wave machine that is similar to boogie boarding or surfing in the ocean. With these special sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays from 7:15-8:45 pm, staff are available to adapt instruction, making it possible for anyone to ride the wave. All ability levels are welcome to participate. Registration is required.


August Special Needs and Adaptive Activities

Sing-N’-Sign Dance Time at Carter’s Play Place

Fridays at 11 am

Join Carter’s Play Place for Sing-N’-Sign Dance Time with Miss Lindsay. You’ll sing songs and enjoy a dance party while Lindsay interprets using American Sign Language! These events are free with admission to the gym.

Adaptive Teen Bowling with Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and Easterseals Crossroads

August 2 from 6-8 pm

Special needs teens can enjoy an evening of pizza and bowling at Woodland Bowling Center.

Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School

Weekdays from Noon-1 pm; and Fridays from 6:30-8 pm

With handicap accessibility throughout the facility, 90 degree pool water and the ability to bring your own adaptive flotation devices, Goldfish Swim School was designed to be accommodating for kids of all abilities.

Sensory Friendly Morning at Conner Prairie

August 24 from 9-10 am

Conner Prairie aims to be accommodating to all guests. On their website, you can find an accessibility guest map, sensory friendly tip sheet, and a map of quiet spots. The entire welcome center is wheelchair accessible and while stone paths in the historic areas may be difficult for wheelchair travel, for those buildings that are not wheelchair accessible, staff will bring the experience to you.

Visit an Accessible Park

Daily from Dawn to Dusk

If you have a child in a wheelchair, then you know all too well the unique challenges that come with finding a park that is accommodating to those with physical disabilities. Check out our guide to see who does inclusion best. 

Sensory Friendly Movie at AMC

Second and fourth Saturday of the month

A unique movie setting where the lights stay on and the sound is turned down. Get up, dance, sing-along, and talk while enjoying a movie. Check theatre listings for movie times.