Calgary - What to do over the winter break - 2021

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This article details some interesting things to do over the 2021 winter break.

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: https://www.calgaryzoo.com 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. 
Admission: Free
Between Friends
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.
Website: https://betweenfriends.ab.ca/programs
Email: info@betweenfriends.ab.ca
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:
  • “Do you hear what I hear” A caroling quartet at the library Memorial Park Library Saturday, Dec 18th 2-3pm.
  • Virtual Reading with Royalty Age: 0-8, Monday, Dec 13th  1:30-2:15pm  and Thursday, Dec 23rd 11-11:45am
  • Bedtime Storytime – Virtual Age 0-8, Tuesday, Dec 21st 6:30-7pm  and Thursday, Dec 23rd 6:30-7pm
Website: https://calgarylibrary.ca/special-services/
Email: special.services@calgarypubliclibrary.com
Phone: (403) 260-2702


Calgary Society of Opportunities
Helps participants realize their recreational, educational and volunteer capabilities. The organization offers community-access day programs for people with developmental disabilities, with a focus on recreation and being active. These are aimed at providing quality programming to individuals outside of their core day program and encourage social interaction outside of paid staff and family. Movie Matinees are Tuesdays 12-2pm, Drop in is  $5
Website: https://www.cscocalgary.com/cscosocialskillsprogram.html
Email: info@cscocalgary.com
Phone: (403) 253-3454

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.
Website: https://www.goodlifekids.com/move/
Email: lisa.cardinal@goodlifekids.com

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