Community Summer Programs and Camps 2024

Looking for summer activities?

Check these programs out!

If you are unsure about your child’s ability to participate in these programs without support, your therapist is happy to help! Many of these programs will allow our therapists to support in the transition of your child into their program, if needed! Please contact your therapist if you have any questions, or reach out to us at therapy@playabilities.org.

Ages 3 and up

Little Gym KC Summer Camp

Day camp at The Little Gym is the perfect choice for long, hot summers and other breaks from school when you want your child to stay active, safe, and happy. The Little Gym combines fun physical activities and games with plenty of time to laugh and play with friends. Each week has a new theme so your child will never tire of camp at The Little Gym.

Ages 3 +

Wonderscope

Wonderscope provides fun, dynamic exhibits and programs that integrate the arts, sciences and literature for children, parents and educators from across the Kansas City area. Offering programs Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm. 

Ages 2+ 

KC Zoo Summer Camp

KC Zoo summer camp curriculums are designed to be age appropriate and are properly chaperoned at all times. Activities may include, but are not limited to: educational games, physical games like tag, crafts, on grounds tours, zoo shows, zoo rides, playgrounds, science experiments, and educational movies.

Ages 3 + 

Camp SOAR

SOAR Special Needs offers a week-long summer day camp for all individuals with special needs.  SOAR offers camp in-person at 2 locations in the KC area from 9:00am-4:00pm Monday- Friday. Campers will participate in a variety of activities during the day: crafts, outdoor games, sensory activities, story time, calming worship, missions, and more!

Ages 3 + 

Johnson County Parks and Recreation

Johnson County Parks and Recreation offers more than 90 camps for children.  Camp topics range from fine and performing arts, nature, science, leadership, sports and more! 

Ages 3-19

The J Summer Camp

Campers at J Camp participate in a variety of activities: sports, crafts, games, archery, swimming, Waterama, slides, and enjoying a Splash Pad area. Youth who attend J camp learn new skills, increase their knowledge, and make friends! J camp is a fun and inclusive environment. Campers of all faiths and cultures are welcome. 

Ages 2 +

Giggle Time Children's Program

Campers at J Camp participate in a variety of activities: sports, crafts, games, archery, swimming, Waterama, slides, and enjoying a Splash Pad area. Youth who attend J camp learn new skills, increase their knowledge, and make friends! J camp is a fun and inclusive environment. Campers of all faiths and cultures are welcome. 

Ages 2 +

Camps Ages 5 +

Blue Valley Recreation Camps

Blue Valley Recreation Camps provide a place for your child to be active, engaged, and entertained in the summer months.  Camps are designed to challenge your child’s brain in a fun way while providing a creative atmosphere for individual growth. 

Camps offered to age 5-12 

Camp WIN

Camp WIN (Women’s Intersport Network) is the flagship youth event for girls aged 6-12. The camp’s primary objective is to empower girls by providing them with exposure to 16 diverse sports and fitness activities over a span of four days. The camp fosters a safe and supportive environment to encourage girls’ participation and growth

Ages 6+, full day camp 

Pembroke Hill Summer Camp

Pembroke Hill Summer Programs provide a unique blend of academic enrichment, creative exploration. Whether your child is passionate about science, arts, outdoor recreation, or simply looking to make lasting memories with new friends, we have a range of activities.

Ages 3 years-12th grade 

Eagles Gymnastics Camp

At eagles Summer Camps, your child can expect to learn gymnastics, make obstacle courses, create crafts, and many gym games and lessons in yoga, science, cooking and more! 

Full Day Camp: ages 5 and above 

Idea Space KC Summer Camps

IDEA Space hosts Summer at Barstow STEAM camps for kids all summer long. If your child wants to develop science, technology, engineering, arts and math skills through exciting hands-on activities, this is the place to be!

Grades 1–12 

Tastebuds KC Cooking Camp

TasteBuds Kitchen cooking camps are the perfect recipe for gaining kitchen confidence, learning essential cooking skills and making new friends. It will be the highlight of your week! Our cooking camps feature multiple recipes each day, typically savory and sweet.

Ages 5 + 

 

CHAMPS

Challenges Handled And Mastered with Perseverance and Spunk (CHAMPS) Achievers is a community organization teaching martial arts and self-defense to children and adults having special needs. Students of all ages and abilities are guided through physical and mental disciplines that also address growing self-esteem, self-control, and empathy for others.  

Joshua Center Summer Camps

The Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders is a vital resource for both children and adults who live with Tourette Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD and other associated neurological disorders. Campers are taught acceptance of everyone and to treat each other with respect no matter the differences. Staff model this behavior every day, showing their campers what it means to include everyone and be part of a diverse world. 

Grade Level: 3rd-12th graders

Club SciKidz

Club SciKidz unique Science Club program is designed to meet the needs of children in grades K-8. Club SciKidz lessons help engage students in observation, measurement, identification of properties, and experimentation. 

Grades 1-7

Sensory friendly Mondays at Johnson County Muesum

Come enjoy the Johnson County Museum and KidScape in a comfortable, low-sensory environment. This limited-occupancy session is designed specifically for children with sensory processing differences and Autism Spectrum Disorders, and their families. We welcome visitors of all abilities and museum experience. We also welcome hand fidgets, comfort items, weighted blankets and vests, and mobility devices. 

InJoy Music Ukulele Camp

InJoy music is offering campers a musical experience they will never forget! This is a week filled with music, movement, crafts, and fun. They will also be sent home with a Ukulele they get to keep!

Ages 6 +

First Act Theatre Arts

Act, sing, and dance the week away at First Act Camps! Kiddos will learn more about the world of theater while working to put together an exciting performance featuring songs from Broadway favorites. 

Half day options: Ages 5-7

Full day options: Ages 7-12

Stage Right Performing Arts

Stage Right summer camps are the way for your young star to have a blast and SHINE! Students get to participate in camps Monday – Friday (times vary by camp) and include rehearsals for their respective shows, costume fittings, games and educational activities. Our staff consists of energetic, fun-loving professionals and interns who’s top priorities are student fun and safety. 

Offering options K-12 grade

Camp OEL

OEL (Outdoor Education Laboratory) Camp is an outdoor camp that emphasizes the interaction between nature and human interaction with them! OEL focuses on community, working together and problem solving. 

Ages 6 + Full Day Camp, 9:00-3:00pm 

Girls Night Out

The Girls Night Out (GNO) program is to empower girls and women with and without disabilities in Kansas City and surrounding communities towards optimal social-emotional health and improved quality of life. The curriculum focuses on three areas: relationship building, self-care skills (e.g., personal hygiene,  positive emotional and behavioral practices), and promoting self-determination and individual autonomy. The initiative includes direct services such as 12-week targeted skills intervention groups as well as single-session community events. So far, GNO is the only intervention program designed specifically to address the unique social and self-care needs of adolescent females with autism. 

Ages 10+ 

Down Syndrome Innovations

Skill Building Series and Programming for Adults:

Down Syndrome Innovations offer weekly, complimentary/free programming for adults to learn essential new skills, while also gaining important social skills by interacting among their peers. Down Syndrome Innovations programming is a great way to make new friends, gain independence, enjoy movement and physical activity, and best of all, have fun! Each quarter, they have a different theme, such as preparing for employment, kitchen skills, living a healthy lifestyle, and more!

Ages: Teen + 


Overnight Camps

Camp Encourage

The mission of Camp Encourage is to provide youth on the autism spectrum meaningful experiences in which they build the knowledge, courage, and skills to be empowered participants in the community. Camp Encourage camps take place at Heartland Center in Parkville, MO. Each camp session includes both traditional camp activities and activities tailored to individual needs. 

Ages: 10-18 

Camp Barnabas

Camp Barnabas is a ministry in Southwest Missouri dedicated to providing a unique Christian summer camp experience to individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses. It’s a summer full of waterslides, fishing, canoeing, archery, ziplining, swimming, mini-golf, and so much more. We want our Campers to have a summer just like everyone else because, for most of the year, our Campers are on the outside

Overnight Camp- Ages 6+  

Camp NUHOP

Located in southern Ashland County, Ohio, Nuhop’s inclusive programs are open to all individuals 6 – 29, with a focus on those living with ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, mood disorders, and other neurodiversities.  

Camp Nuhop provides a structured environment where all campers have the opportunity to make friends and feel good about themselves. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and dynamic learning environment where children are empowered to succeed. Campers are placed with an understanding staff who incorporate self-awareness and social skills in a safe, fun environment.

Ages 6-18

Wonderland Camp

Wonderland Camp has given children, teenagers and adults with disabilities the opportunity to camp for over 50 years. All camp-related activities are adapted so that anyone can participate! 

Ages: 1st grade-12th grade

Youthfront Camp

Youthfront Camp is a week-long camp full of community-building, cabin experiences, worship, water and outdoor activities, games and theme nights. 

Ages: 1st grade-12th grade

Club Creek Science Camp

Located in Rolla, MO, Cub Creek Science Camp offers over 100 different activities. This camp is all about friendship, fun, curiosity guided learning, building self- confidence, learning problem solving, and creating memories to last a lifetime!

Overnight Camp- Ages 6+  

Local KC Inclusive Community Events

Power Life Yoga Adaptive Yoga for teens

Power life KC is offering FREE yoga classes taught by a certified yoga teacher for teens with physical or mental disabilities, those on the spectrum, and neurodivergent teens. Yoga is for EVERYONE. No prior experience is necessary!

 

Sensory Sensitive Storytime

This storytime is a celebration of all children’s differing abilities. It is designed to be inclusive of sensory processing differences and will feature a more relaxed tone than our regular Family Storytimes. Expect low lighting, softer music, and fewer stories with more interactive elements. Children of all abilities are welcomed. This program is designed for children (developmental ages 3-5) and their caregivers. Registration is required, and every person planning to attend—children and adults—should be registered.  

KU Sensory Aquatics

Sensory Enhanced Aquatics is a swimming and water safety program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Swimming can be a great physical outlet and life-saving skill for children with autism spectrum disorders. In addition to promoting health, swimming reduces stereotypic behaviors and increases social behaviors of some children facing these challenges.  Instructors in the program combine evidence-based teaching methods with sensory strategies matched to the unique needs of each child. Each session consists of eight, 30-minute lessons. Individual and small group lessons are available to meet the learning needs of children ages 4 to 17.   

Dance Expressions

This music, movement, and fun dance studio is for children of all abilities! Classes geared for children ages 4-9 years of age with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, sensory processing disorder. Children will develop self-esteem, focus/attention, self-expression, coordination/balance, and positive relationships! 

SOAR Special Needs

SOAR Special Needs empowers families with special needs to SOAR in their local and faith communities. SOAR is determined to walk beside families with children with special needs so that their challenges will not prevent them from obtaining a bright future. 

KC Pumpkin Patch

Experience a day of adventure as you slide, climb and play your way through acres of farm fun. Located at: 13875 S. Gardner Road Olathe, KS 66061 

Louisburg Cider, Spiders & Tricks & Treats

Join in for a fun-filled event of games for children on our Family Farm. Make sure to enter the costume contest after you enter the main barn entrance from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m on Saturday October 28th. $2 off entry fee when dressed in costume!

Sensory Friendly Nutcracker

Kansas City Ballet is thrilled to present a performance of a sensory-friendly Nutcracker for children, families, and adults with sensory sensitivities, autism spectrum disorder, or other special needs. Appropriate changes will be made to this performance to create a welcoming and safe space for all in attendance. Event will be held on December 13, 2023 at the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts. 

Powell Gardens Festival of Lights

During the Festival of Lights at Powell Gardens, more than 20 miles of lights turn Kansas City’s botanical garden into a winter wonderland. Enjoy a breath of fresh air during a hectic holiday season! Held November 16-December 30th Wednesdays-Sundays 5:00-10:00pm

Local KC Community Resources

Last Updated August 31, 2023

Local Kansas City Community Resources

Kansas City is home to a plethora of amazing and inclusive community play groups! See options below for fun ways to engage with your child in the KC community! 

Community events

Check out our page with upcoming local inclusive community events! 

The Little Gym

The Little Gym is located in Prairie Village, KS and offers parent/child and group classes of movement, music, gymnastics, and fun!  

Inspired Play Cafe

Inspired Play cafe offers one open space where parents and caregivers can work while being able to see their children play, grab something healthy to eat, watch their children socialize, meet a friend, or just get out of the house and play in a new space! Memberships & drop in play options are available.

Wonderscope Children's Museum

Wonderscope is appreciated as an educational resource in our community that provides all children and families with the opportunity to build a solid foundation for success in school and beyond. Wonderscope’s mission is to spark a lifelong love of learning through the universal and uniting power of play!

Black & Veatch Maker Space

The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at the Johnson County Library is an Exploratorium of technological contraptions for innovators, creatives and tinkerers! They help patrons learn to use new equipment and software, troubleshoot technologies, find resources, and help to foster the maker movement. This is a free resource to the public.

My Gym

My Gym was born out of their passion to teach children in a fun, physically engaging environment. They offer parent/child and group classes focused on movement, music, and motor development.

Deanna Rose Farmstead

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is home to over 250 animals and birds, offering interactive experiences for children of all ages. 

Superkidz Club

Superkidz Club, located in Shawnee, KS, is an indoor 10,000 sq ft play space filled with countless fun-packed activities. Kids can explore, learn and run around freely in the custom-designed playground. The play area was specifically designed with kids’ favorite things-to-do in mind. It incorporates jumping, climbing, crawling, and sliding. 

Kids Empire

Kids Empire, located in Olathe, KS, is an indoor playground where kids can explore floor-to-ceiling climbing walls, play structures, and ball pits.  Drop-in & memberships available. 

Pump It Up

Pump It Up is an indoor play space in Overland Park, KS that houses massive inflatables created to spark kids’ imaginations. The space is not only fun for the kids, but provides a healthy workout that burns off excess energy! It’s fun for kids of all ages!

Blue Valley Recreation Center

Blue Valley Rec Center is a Gymnastics & tumbling space located in South Overland Park. They offer classes and have open play hours.

 

Skyzone Trampoline Park

Skyzone is an indoor trampoline park located in Shawnee, KS.

Local KC libraries

Kansas City is home to some amazing libraries! Take a look at the below link with an overview of some of the top-rated libraries for kids in the local KC area! 

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Rainbow of the Heartland

Rainbow of the Heartland, located in Olathem KS, is a Swingset store with an indoor showroom that offers open play. Kids are invited to jump, climb, swing, and play in their indoor showroom for a fee.

Prairie Oaks Nature Center

The Prairie Oak Nature Center offers fun environmental education programs for children of all ages. 

Explorer Room

The Explorer Room, located in Overland Park, KS, is a three-story playground full of adventure and excitement for children, ages two to 10.

The room has slides, tunnels, platforms to climb, and obstacles to climb through. It’s perfect for any child to run, climb, and burn off energy. 

The explorer room is open to the public, for free, during normal community center hours. 

Financial & Nonprofit Resources

Last Updated August 31, 2023

Financial and NonProfit Supports

Providing your child with therapeutic services that are recommended for them can be difficult due to finances. Individualized therapy is an investment, and while we do work with insurance companies to help offset the cost of therapy services, we understand that financial limitations can be a barrier to your child receiving the best care. When financial and insurance limitations become an issue, several Kansas City organizations are here to help support your family. 

The Aidan Project

The Aidan Project of KC connects families that do not qualify for state-funded early intervention with local clinics specializing in services such as Occupational, Speech, Physical, and Behavioral Therapy. The Aidan Project also provides financial assistance through scholarships to children ages five and under who are in need of early intervention. The Aidan Project advocates for children with developmental delays and provides resources for families that have not found the assistance they are seeking.

Above are videos of three Playabilities clients who received scholarships through the Aidan Project!

United Healthcare: Children's foundation

The mission of UHCCF is to provide medical grants to enhance the quality of life of children across the United States. Through these grants, kids can get the care they need.

Oracle Health Foundation: Pediatric Grant

Oracle Health Foundation’s application-based pediatric grants provide funding for children to receive needed care. The foundation advocates for children and their families in the healthcare system, connecting them to providers and resources.

Guaranteed Rate Foundation

The Guaranteed Rate Foundation provides customized financial support to those working to overcome extraordinary hardships. It’s their goal to offer hope to those in crisis—an opportunity to stop, take a breath and begin healing. Guaranteed Rate Foundation welcomes applications directly from those in need, as well as from organizations or individuals who wish to nominate applicants.

Variety KC

Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City is a volunteer-driven organization committed to providing children with
developmental disabilities the adaptive equipment and opportunities needed for
activity and inclusion. At the heart of Variety’s achievements are the remarkable contributions of people in the community, and it is only through your time and effort that Variety is able to do so much for
children and families right here at home.

Feeding Matters

Feeding Matters is the first organization in the world uniting families, healthcare professionals, and the broader community to improve the system of care for children with pediatric feeding disorder through advocacy, education, support, and research.

McLindon Family Foundation

The mission of the McLindon Family Foundation (MFF) is to provide adaptive bikes to children with special needs so that they can build critical core strength, boost confidence, and nurture friendships, all of which help children maximize their potential and participation in society.