January Lake County Special Needs Calendar

Special Fun for Special Needs

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Children with special needs don’t need to miss out on regular fun and open play. We’ve rounded up this month’s events for families and children with special needs. Unless otherwise stated, all events require preregistration. See the event listings for more information and to register.

Lake County special needs calendar

January Lake County Special Needs Calendar

Weekly Events for Children with Special Needs:

Open Play
Every Saturday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, Bannockburn Green, 2511 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn
Hosted by our Youth Board, Open Play is the perfect opportunity to visit with other families and enjoy the playhouse in a fun, friendly, casual setting.

LMNOP (0-3)
Every Friday, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
GiGi’s Playhouse, Bannockburn Green, 2511 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn
Language, Music N’ Our Peeps (LMNOP) guides parents and infants through learning basic sign language and through incorporating music and dance therapy into daily activities, to stimulate the child.

Special Events for Children with Special Needs

Special Needs Family Night
7 January 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Rockin’ Jump, 950 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove
$10 for the first child, $5 each additional, 1 Parent jumps for free
Sensory Friendly Environment for our special guests!

AMC Sensory Friendly Films
11 & 25 January, 10:100 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
AMC Theatres in Northbrook and South Barrington
AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

Child Development Screening
11 January, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Zion-Benton Public Library, 400 Gabriel Ave., Zion
Screen your child to see if they are on the right track in 5 key areas (communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving & personal-social).  Afterward, receive information on activities you can do with your child to enhance their growth and support their development. Drop-ins accepted but registration preferred. Appointments take ~20 minutes. Cuestionario en Espaňol también.

Everyone at Play
12 January 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
This special morning event offers free admission for families with children with special needs to explore the Museum exhibits in a controlled, quieter environment. Registration required.

Sensory Storytime
18 January 1:00 p.m.

Warren Newport Public Library, 224 O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee
*Registration Required*
Sensory Storytime for families with children 3-9 who are on the spectrum or have multi-sensory needs.  The program provides a welcoming environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities.  Siblings welcome.

Destination Discovery
22 January 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Gigi’s Playhouse at Bannockburn Green, 2511 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn
Supports the development of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills and language through purposeful play and peer to peer interaction in a casual and fun setting. This program also brings families together to share experiences and build relationships. All ages welcome.

Sensory Story Time
22 January, 6:00 p.m.
Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington
Children of all ages can enjoy books, music, and movement designed to engage the senses and build language and literacy skills. For children of all abilities, Registration Required.

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:

january special needs calendar

Download the January Special Needs Calendar


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