April showers bring May flowers, along with lots of fun outdoor activities for special needs families to enjoy. Here are some of our top picks. But make sure to check the calendar for even more fun for the whole family.  

Special needs parents can rely on Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation for a night of respite while their children enjoy a fun night with friends at Adaptive Youth Fun Night. Activities include swimming, dinner provided by McAlister’s Deli, and watching a movie. The cost for this event is just $13 per kid. Click here to register and see a list of all upcoming dates.


May Special Needs and Adaptive Activities

Sensory Friendly Storytime at Nora Library

May 1, 2019, 10:30-11:30 am

Children of all ages with sensory issues or are on the autism spectrum and an adult are invited for stories, songs and activities designed with their needs in mind. Registration required.

Sensory Friendly Film Night: Ralph Breaks the Internet at the Zionsville Library

May 2, 2019, 6-8 pm

Lights will be on and the volume down for this sensory friendly movie. Audience members will be free to talk, sing, move around and enjoy the movie in a welcoming, supportive environment. Registration required.

STEM Skills Playgroup at Carter’s Play Group

May 2, 2019, 2-3 pm

Each week Carter’s Play Specialists will create opportunities to develop STEM skills in a creative, exciting way. These events are open to all kiddos and included with admission.

Horsepower 500 at The Children’s TherAplay Foundation

May 6, 2019, 3-5:30 pm

Be part of the excitement as your favorite IndyCar drivers team up with kiddos from Children’s TherAplay and face off in an unforgettable horse race. Enjoy autographs with the IndyCar drivers, grandstand seating during the race, face painting, real IndyCars to explore, caricatures, 500 Festival princesses, and so much more. Advanced ticket purchased required.

Fishers Touch-A-Truck (With Special Needs Hour)

May 22, 2019, 3-7 pm

In honor of National Public Works Week, kids can climb up in a fire truck, honk the horn of a snow plow, and turn on the siren of a police car as they explore Fishers’ fleet of big rigs at the free Touch-A-Truck event on Wednesday, May 22 from 3 – 7 p.m. on the Central Green in front of Fishers City Hall. The sensory friendly hour will begin at 3:30.