June Lake County Special Needs Calendar

Events for Children and Families with Special Needs

The Lake County Special Needs Calendar is sponsored by Pediatric Interactions and Therapeutic Links offering services together and individually in Speech, Occupational and developmental therapies in Lake and McHenry Counties.

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.

June Lake County Special Needs Calendar

Weekly Events for Children with Special Needs

Friday Night Dance Party
Every Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Denise Sabala Dance Studios, 560 W. Main St., Lake Zurich
This 45-minute class is catered to special needs students. Explore your body’s space around you through rhythm, music, socialization, and dancing.

Monkey Group – Summer Session*registration required*
11 June – 2 July Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Pediatric Interactions, 649 Barron Blvd., Grayslake| (847) 223-7433
*registration required* 
A pre-preschool alternative or addition to an early preschool class providing a supportive environment for a child’s first time away from parents in a structured program. The group includes implementation of individualized supports, facilitated by a speech/language pathologist and developmental therapists. For children ages 2-3, $35 per day.

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Special Events for Children with Special Needs

Special Needs Family Night
4 June, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Rockin’ Jump, 950 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove
$10 for 1st child, $5 additional child, 1 parent jumps for free.
Sensory friendly environment for special kids and their families.

Special Night for Special Needs
5 June, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Jump America, 880 Lakeside Drive, Gurnee
$8 per jumper, one parent jumps free
Special Needs Night is held on the first Wednesday of every month; enjoy jumping with low noise and little distraction!

Sensory Hour
7 June 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Raupp Museum, 901 Dunham Lane, Buffalo Grove
The Raupp Museum will be open with special activities suited to children with sensory processing issues, autism spectrum disorders, or who are differentlyabled. History is for everyone; and, our staff will be on hand to help children engage with the exhibits in a supportive environment.  For children ages 3-7.

Sensory Friendly Showing of the Secret Life of Pets 2
8 June, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Antioch Theatre, 378 Lake St.
Tickets are available at the box office. Cost is $6 per person. The sound will be turned down and the lights will be turned up. Refunds are available until 10:30.

AMC Sensory Friendly Films 
8 & 22 June 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! 

Sensory Movie Matinee: Ralph Breaks the Internet *registration required*
12 June 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Antioch Public Library District, 757 Main Street, Antioch
Sensory-friendly screening is designed for children with special needs. The film has quieter volume and turned-up lights. The environment is welcoming towards kids who need to move around, talk and sing during the screening.

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Autism Awareness Day
15 June 
Six Flags Great America, Gurnee 
In partnership with Autism Speaks Great America will offer quiet area throughout the park. In addition, there will be a special picnic event. Admission is $40 for just the park and $60 for entrance and picnic. Use code AUTISM when purchasing tickets.

Sensory Story Time *RR*
19 June, 6:00 – 6:30 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 a caregiver.

Outdoors is for Everyone
22 June 10:00 – 2:30 p.m. 
Moraine Hills State Park, 1510 South River Rd., McHenry | (815) 344-1294
Participants with disabilities are invited to experience nature-themed sensory stations and join leader-led activities. There will be up to ten different stations to choose from.  Meet at the Northern Woods picnic area on the playground side.  

Everyone at Play
23 June, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, 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, visit www.kcmgc.org/eap. Everyone at Play is underwritten in part by RBC Wealth Management, the Edmond and Alice Opler Foundation, and the Women’s Board of Kohl Children’s Museum.

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

Pediatric Interactions is a Speech and Language Clinic located in Grayslake and McHenry that engages and empowers families and their children. Pediatric Interventions provides FREE developmental screenings, individual and group therapy, Early Intervention, classes, workshops, and other community resources to help children better communicate.

Pediatric Interactions

Pediatric Interactions
Speech/Language and Developmental Therapies

649 Barron Blvd., Grayslake, IL 60030

665 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL 60050

(847) 223-7433 | [email protected]
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Therapeutic Links is an Occupational Therapist owned and directed private practice with over 25 years of experience. Their highly trained staff is dedicated to helping individuals and their families link mind, body, and movement to improve functioning utilizing specialized treatment approaches and meaningful interaction. They pride themselves on working collaboratively with your child’s team of teachers, private professionals, and caregivers.

Therapeutic Links

998 Progress Drive, Grayslake, IL 60030

665 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL 60050

(847) 548-3458 | [email protected]

Disclosure: Pediatric Interactions and Therapeutic Links are the paid advertising partners of the Special Needs Calendar. All thoughts and opinions are that of the writer. Interested in having your business featured? Contact us today.

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  1. It may be McHenry Co (sorry!) but there is a great Sports Day for kids with Down syndrome through GiGi’s Playhouse McHenry on June 16. Registration required. The McHenry high school football team pairs up with each kid (1:1) and holds a super fun day for them!

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