Fun for Kids with Special Needs

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When your child with special needs is ready to explore the world, here are a few options to consider.

Trying to figure out what to do? It’s no fun when you’ve explored all there is to do at home and your energy level is through the roof! Sometimes, you just need to get out of the house and children with special needs want to get out and play, too. There are places that dedicate certain times and days just for them that you might not know about. Here are a few things to keep on your radar when you need to get out of the house and have a little fun or maybe a learning opportunity or two.

Special Needs Outings

GiGi’s Playhouse
1724 Carothers Pkwy., Ste. 400, Brentwood
615-370-1500 | gigisplayhouse.org
Offers more than 30 therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills and more — all of which are free of charge — and are based on best practices for Down syndrome learning styles, and customized to ensure individual success.

Miracle Field
2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro
615-893-1802
A field created just for children with special needs so that they, too, can play the sport of baseball with the help of volunteers. The field is equipped with its own playground built with them in mind, too. Drop by any day and enjoy the sway fun where children in wheelchairs can enjoy a bit of fun, climbing features and other fun things all on a padded surface with shaded areas.

Special Needs Jump at JumpStreet
1952 Old Fort Pkwy., Ste 6, Murfreesboro | 615-900-3060
1735 Galleria Blvd., Ste. 2, Franklin | 615-778-1304
1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Ste. 2030, Goodlettsville | 615-756-4098
gotjump.com
The first Saturday of the month children with special needs can enjoy a private hour (9 – 10 a.m.) of jumping on trampolines and playing on the equipment. Siblings are welcome. Cost is $8 ages 4 and older, $4 ages 3 and younger. It opens to the public at 10 a.m., but you can jump until 11 a.m.

Sky High Sports
5270 Harding Place, Nashville
615-366-4252 | nas.skyhighsports.com
Every first Tuesday of the month from 3 – 6 p.m., Sky High Sports turns off the music, dims the lights and dials down the distractions for the comfort of guests with special needs. Cost is $5 per person and family members can jump, too.

Sensory-Friendly Screenings at NCG Cinema
1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin
615-451-9500 | ncgmovies.com
See the movies with the lights not as dim, softer sound, no previews and no problem if kids want to make noise and run around. Check the website regularly as the movies change monthly. Movies start at 10 a.m. on Saturdays only. Tickets are $6.

Sensory-Friendly Screenings at Regal Opry Mills
570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
615-232-5014 | regmovies.com/mywaymatinee
See the movies with the lights not as dim, softer sound, no previews and no problem if kids want to make noise and run around. Check the website regularly as the movies change monthly. Movies start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays only. Tickets are $6.50.

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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