July is the heart of summer in Indy and the last month before school starts back up. We have all the info you need to stay active all month long. 

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation is known for their amazing Waterpark at the Monon. Last month we told you about their Adaptive Open Swim events that are perfect for sensory friendly kids. This month we want to draw attention to the Adaptive FlowRider experience, which is held on Mondays and Tuesdays from 7:15-8:45pm, June through August. The FlowRider is a special wave machine that is similar to boogie boarding or surfing in the ocean. With these special adaptive sessions, 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. 

July Special Needs and Adaptive Activities

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. 

Gigi’s Playhouse Young Athletes

Saturdays in July and August from 10:30-11:30 am

Young Athletes introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking, and throwing. This program offers families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children. Registration required. 

Special Needs Swim in Shelbyville

Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm

The music will be turned off, whistle blowing will be held to a minimum and other steps will be made to make it a sensory friendly time. A pool lift and PVC wheel chair are also available for those with mobility issues. Admission is $3 a person and $2 for those 2 and under.

Canary Creek Cinema Summer Movie Camp

Wednesdays in July at 10 am

During its free summer movie program, Canary Creek Cinema will offer a designated auditorium (or more if needed) that will be sensory friendly. So lights up, volume down, closed captioning on the screen. Kids can dance, sing, walk around, wiggle in their seats, and interact with the movie as much as they want. 

Sensory Studio with Miss. Nicole at Carter’s Play Place

Tuesdays in July and August from 10:30-11  am

Kids will create activities that foster exploration and curiosity while engaging their senses. Play, touch, taste, balance, and engage with in this experience led by a Carter’s Play Specialists. Parents can also learn how to recreate these activities at home.

Back to School Cookout at Gigi’s Playhouse

July 26 from 6-8 pm

Stop by GiGi’s Playhouse for a Back 2 School Cookout. They want to wish you well, feed you some dinner, and send you home with goodies. This event is open to all students of any age, along with their family and friends!