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8 Fun & Safe Inclusive Summer Family Activities

Summer is one of the most thrilling times of the year for families. Kids love taking day trips to the beach, playing outdoor games with friends, or spending a family day at an amusement park. If you have a child with intellectual or developmental abilities, there are plenty of inclusive summer activities in which your entire family can participate. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out these eight fun, safe, and inclusive family summer activities recommended by RISE Services, Inc.

8 Fun & Safe Inclusive Summer Family Activities

1. Parks & Playgrounds

Almost every city and town, even small ones, have a park or playground with swings, climbers, and more. Many have inclusive playground equipment such as sensory activities, swing seats, sand diggers, and other wheelchair-accessible equipment.

2. Walking Trails

Many parks also have adjacent walking trails, and most of them are large enough for a wheelchair, too. After spending time at the playground, enjoy a leisurely stroll and watch for birds, flowers, and other interesting wildlife.

3. Local Festivals

Local fairs and festivals can be a ton of fun. There are usually kids’ games and activities, delicious carnival food to eat, and live entertainment. If your child has sensory difficulties when it comes to loud noises or a lot of people, try going early in the day to avoid big crowds. 

4. Horseback Riding

Horseback riding can be very therapeutic for those with disabilities. Many stables offer accessible seats that can support anyone with a physical or developmental disability.

5. Bike Riding

The whole family can enjoy a bike ride together with an O-pair bike, wheelchair bike, or handcycle. These bicycles can be expensive, so we suggest checking with a local bike or outdoor sports shop to see if they rent these types of bicycles.

6. Swimming

There’s nothing like cooling off in a pool during the hot days of summer. Kids of all ages and abilities absolutely love playing and splashing in the water

7. Amusement Parks

If you live close enough to any large amusement parks, you will find that there are many activities, rides, and games for children with developmental or intellectual disabilities. 

8. Day Trips

Sometimes it’s nice to just hop in the car and see where the road takes you. Explore your local area and visit different parks, farmers’ markets, museums, and other fun and interesting places.

Supporting Children, Adults & Families

At RISE Services, Inc., our priority is to support children, adults, and their families with personal, practical, and professional growth opportunities. Contact us today or visit our locations page to learn more about our history and our intellectual and developmental disability services.

Source:  Raffoul, Lisa. “15 Ideas for Inclusive Summer Fun.” Web article. Lisa Raffoul & Associates. 14 Jul. 2017. Web. 16 Jun. 2022.