Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs in the NYC area

It's tough to find the right summer camp for any kid. But if your child has special needs, like autism or ADHD, sensory-motor challenges, social anxiety, or learning differences, choosing a program can be especially nerve-racking: we want our kids to enjoy a traditional summer-camp experience, complete with swimming and lanyards and new friendships, while also receiving the kind of individual attention they need and with the option to avoid activities that might cause undue stress.

We've rounded up a number of camps favored by NYC families for their kids with disabilities or other challenges. Camps outside of New York City and on Staten Island provide bussing, so don't be discouraged by the seemingly far-flung locations: it can be especially therapeutic for kids to get out of the city for the summer.

While most of these camps cater exclusively to special-needs children, other traditional summer camps often offer inclusion programs for those with mild special needs (a few are mentioned below). Please consult our Summer Camp Guide for NYC Kids for a list of our favorite summer camps across the city to see if there are any that might work for your child.

Fun for LA Kids this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend, Jan 14 - 16

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'" This weekend, families can join together to answer that question, by participating in the MLK Day of Service. (We have some great suggestions for kid-friendly volunteer opportunities to get you started!) A day spent giving back is just one way to honor Dr. King's memory. There are parades, celebrations, and concerts throughout the weekend to bring our families and communities together in honor of his legacy.

Little ones can learn from Dr. King's example as well, with a number of events this weekend particularly geared toward young children. Kids can listen to stories, celebrate the diversity our world has to offer, and share their dreams for a better world.

Inspiration can be found on other fronts with Ben Franklin, Moana, and the Pandorans of Avatar all serving as examples of what one can achieve. As change is afoot in our country, now is a good time to ask our children: what do you hope to achieve? And where do you find your inspiration?

Keep reading for some of our most inspired picks for this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, January 14-16

There are many ways to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend, and one of the best is by volunteering in the community, like at the annual MLK Day of Service. Other great ways to celebrate MLK Day include free events at the Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and special activities at the Spellman Museum of Stamps.

This weekend also features kids painting a snowman, Joyful Noise, and a miniature clay food making workshop. Swing by Club Passim for some family-friendly Celtic music on Saturday and then ring in the Japanese New Year on Sunday.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

We wish you an enjoyable weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

MLK Jr. Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Tributes, Invention Convention, and OrKID Days

Philly kids may have an extra day off from school. But, this day off means more than just 'no homework.' Recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with one of the many opportunities that celebrate his legacy found in our events calendar. Museums throughout the area host family activities such as service opportunities, arts and crafts, and other unique experiences that commemorate Dr. King's life. If you don't have the day off but are looking for care for your child, be sure to check out our roundup of School Day Off Camps.

After observing the holiday, check our January GoList for something to do. Visit Historic Philadelphia to meet Phillis the Washerwoman, see the orchids at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, or explore science at Hagley Museum's Invention Convention or Delaware Children's Museum's Try Science sessions. Whatever you do, make the most of the long weekend ahead.

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MLK Weekend Fun: Bald Eagles, Bubbles, and Ice

With another cold weekend coming up, why not try your hand at ice fishing? If you're not quite ready for that level of back-to-nature, try a winter hike or just relax and watch a Disney on Ice show. This weekend you can enjoy a free visit to the Yale Peabody Museum for its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s event or Pancakes with Penguins in Mystic. You can also celebrate and learn more at one of these awesome MLK Jr. events occurring across the state on Monday.

There's lots more happening across the state, so be sure to check our Events Calendar. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, be sure to also sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest
 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 Events for Kids in Connecticut

From crafting dream clouds and peace doves to planting seeds of diversity, there are so many incredible ways to honor MLK Jr.. Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King next Monday, January 16th at  The Yale Peabody Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, or the Bruce Museum where day-long events paying tribute to Dr. King will be offered. Here's a listing of fun events happening around CT on MLK day.

MLK Day Weekend with Westchester Kids: Brady Rymer, Snowshoe Hike

The coming three-day weekend is a great time to be in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! Our weekend picks include both indoor and outdoor activities ranging from celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., to communing with nature or catching a show. 

Reinforce the meaning of MLK Day by investing time at conscience-raising event. The whole family can volunteer at Martin Luther King Day of Service. Promising performances include Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, but for FREE admission, Bubblemania is a pop-ular choice. Embrace the winter at Awosting Falls Snowshoe Outing or think warm thoughts (and get a jumpstart on summer planning) at Westchester Family’s Camp Fair.

There's more! Be sure to check our January GoList and our Event Calendar to plan your entire weekend—and beyond! (Need a drop-off activity on MLK Day? Check out our list of drop-off camps.) 

Family-Friendly Skiing and Snowboarding Spots Around NJ

If you want to help your kids develop a lifelong love of skiing, snowboarding, and other snowy sports, this is a good place to start. We've rounded up some nearby ski resorts where you and your family can enjoy time on the slopes with minimal time in the car. We've also included safety tips for skiing and snowboarding from respected professionals. If you're looking for winter fun that's a bit less strenuous, snow tubing might be just the thing. And for even more options, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.

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