Hey Calgary! We know that the winter break from school can be a difficult change in routine for many of you in the autism and/or intellectual disability community. To help your family enjoy the holiday season we have compiled a list of sensory friendly activities available over the school break in Calgary. We hope you have a great break!
|Calgary ZOOLIGHTS Sensory Experience|
New this year at the popular Calgary Zoolights is Sensory Sundays, from 5 to 6 p.m., open to the public but altered for those who need it. Noticeably different is that there is no music playing, and any of the lights that move just shine instead. And there is a calm room — full of blankets, cushions and dim lighting — for guests who are overwhelmed to take a pause. The zoo also offers sensory friendly kits. The Enmax Conservatory, tucked in among the foliage, is a quiet space to meet Santa. For more information visit: or call: 403.232.9300
|Shouldice Park – Calgary's Most inclusive Playground |
This accessible and inclusive playground has so many great features that children of all ages with love. It features fully accessible flooring, ground level musical features, accessible swings, and a large ramp system. This playground also has seasonal washrooms and free parking.
Location: Calgary NW
Address: Shouldice Park – 4900 Monserrat Dr. N.W.
A charitable organization that focuses on the abilities of people living with disabilities. This organization provides quality social, recreational, and developmental opportunities to grow, connect, and belong. For more information on programs and how to register, please visit their website. An event is planned for Saturday December 18th.
Phone: (403) 269-9133
|Calgary Public Library – Special Services|
Offers a wide range of specialized materials, facilities, and programs that are available for people of all ages with special needs. This year the Library is presenting:
Phone: (403) 260-2702
Calgary Society of Opportunities
|MOVE (GoodLife Kids)|
A virtual physical activity program for youth with intellectual disabilities and/or autism, ages 12 – 21. MOVE is offered 3 times a week and led by a coach with expertise in delivering fitness to individuals with special needs. MOVE was introduced in order to eliminate some of the barriers to participation that youth with special needs face – such as higher cost for adapted programming, lack of available programs to suit individual needs, and inaccessible recreation environments. 7:30pm MT Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 30-60 mins, Free, registration required.