Recreation & Leisure

Absolute Dance

Encouraging and cultivating a love of the art form makes Absolute Dane Calgary’s leading North West dance studio! Our roster is full of dance classes for all ages, abilities and experience levels. Dance and fitness classes for the whole family in a positive and inspiring atmosphere!

Website: www.absolutedanceinc.com

ACCESS2 Entertainment Card

ACCESS2 Entertainment Card provides free admission for support persons accompanying a person with a disability at member movie theatres and selected attractions across Canada. Section C of the application must be completed and signed by a Health Care Provider – there are a number of ‘Health Care provider options listed. If you wish, PREP can complete this portion as your Health Care provider. Simply contact your Family Support Liaison for assistance.

Website: www.access2card.ca/

Alberta Beauties & Cuties

Alberta’s Beauties & Cuties director Chantelle saw a need for pagentry here in Alberta and wanted to bring a positive outlook to the pageant world. She created a Natural pageant system that accepts Boys and Girls from infants to teens in which Alberta’s Beauties & Cuties was born. Now she welcomes all children to the stage including children with special needs.

Website: www.albertasbeautiesandcuties.com/About.aspx

Also, visit their Facebook page for further information and pictures.

Between Friends

Between Friends is a charitable organization that creates opportunities for people with disabilities to connect, grow, and belong through social and recreational activities. They offer children, youth and adults a variety of programs including WESOAR! (Weekend & Evening Social Opportunities and Recreation), ICAN! Programs and Camps (Inclusive Community Activities with No Barriers), Camp FunzAmust (unique residential outdoor camp), Camp Bonaventure (available to children and youth with and without a disability from the age of 4 – 17 years)

Website: www.betweenfriends.ab.ca

Butterfield Acres

The Real Farm experience. Summer camps, petting zoo, pony rides, goat milking,Pumpkin Hunt, Easter Egg Hunt, and more.

Website: http://www.butterfieldacres.com/general.htm

Calgary Gymnastics Centre

CGC’s mission is to provide the highest caliber recreational and cross-training gymnastics experiences to a large segment of the community, developing an awareness and appreciation of gymnastics at the grass roots level.. They also offer a “Kids Night Out” camp style unique event once per month on Saturday evenings for children age 4-12.

Website: http://calgaryminorsoccer.com/page.php?page_id=24272

Calgary Minor Soccer (CMSA)

The Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA) is the governing body of soccer in Calgary. They provide year-round opportunities for competitive and recreational soccer for youth ages 4 to 18. Calgary soccer clubs are organized by city quadrant; visit the link below for information on the various clubs. It is recommended that you research clubs to find the one that best fits your needs.

Website: http://calgaryminorsoccer.com/page.php?page_id=24272

Calaway Park

Persons with Down syndrome can receive a discounted admission rate. One aide will be allowed entry at no charge when they accompany the child with disabilities.

Website: www.calawaypark.com

Calgary Public Library

Did you know that the Calgary Public Library has free programs for early literacy, school age children, teens and parents? Explore what’s offered at each of Calgary’s 18 library branches by visiting this link:

Website: www.calgarypubliclibrary.com/services/programs-events/register-for-programs

Calgary Zoo

Everyone loves a trip to the zoo. Check out their website to learn about the many events and activities offered – i.e. birthday parties, summer camps, sleepovers, and many education events too. The Calgary Zoo accepts the Access 2 Entertainment card as identification for attendants. Please visit www.access2card.ca/ to obtain this card.

Website: www.calgaryzoo.com

Calwest Basketball

Calgary West Basketball (Calwest) provides basketball training and competition for boys and girls ages 7 to 18. They have both highly competitive and purely recreational level teams and believe in equal playing time for all. Calwest’s mission is to provide a fun and challenging environment for children of all skill levels to learn and develop their basketball skills.

They are a member of the Calgary Minor Basketball Association (CMBA); to locate a zone in your area visit this CMBA link: http://cmba.ab.ca/news.php?news_id=1144984 Website: http://calgarywestbasketball.com/page.php?page_id=64464

Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS)

CADS main objective is to promote adaptive skiing and snowboarding by teaching people with disabilities how to ski or snowboard using adaptive skills and equipment tailored to their needs.

Website: http://www.cadscalgary.ca/

CAPA Children’s Adapted Physical Activity Program

The CAPA program pairs children who have special needs ages 4-12 one-on-one with volunteers with the aim of developing the physical, social, and cognitive skills of the participants in a fun and interactive setting. It runs Saturday mornings at Mount Royal University from 10:00-12:00. The first hour is in the gym and the second hour in the pool.

Website: http://capaprogram.blogspot.ca/p/about-capa.html

Cardel Place

Cardel Place provides innovative programs and services designed to spark a lifelong commitment to healthy, active living. Cardel Place leaders have completed the “High Five” training program (www.HIGHFIVE.org) which provides a quality standard to ensure your child’s experience with sport and recreation will be safe, unique and age appropriate. It also ensure your child will have a positive experience – and leave the program smiling.

Website: www.cardelplace.com

Challenger Little League

Challenger Little League Baseball is a separate division of Little League to provide the opportunity for physically and developmentally challenged children (starting at age 4), teens and young adults to experience the fun of playing baseball. The League stresses basics of ball with the primary purpose of having fun and the experience of being a part of a team regardless of skill level or ability. CLL is played outdoors at the Calgary Rotary Challenger Park on Saturdays.

Website: www.facebook.com/ChallengerLittleLeagueCalgary

Child Safe Canada

Child Safe Canada is the nation’s leader in child safety education. Visit their website to see the range of programs offered – i.e. Home Alone; Strangers & Dangers; Internet Safety; Friendship Builders; Social Skills; and also camps. All programs are taught by professional safety educators who offer a wealth of valuable knowledge, compassion, and caring to all students.

Website: www.childsafecanada.com

City of Calgary, Fee Assistance

If you qualify for fee assistance, you can get reduced rates on recreation programs and facility admissions. Almost all registered programs offered by City of Calgary Recreation are eligible under the Fee assistance program.

Website: www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Fee-assistance/Whats-included.aspx

City of Calgary Recreation

See the following link to access the City of Calgary recreation guide. This interactive guide will provide complete information on the numerous program options, locations and ages. The City recreation leaders also undergo training for inclusive programming.

Website: recguide.cocnmp.com

Clear Music Therapy

Clear Music Therapy offers individual and group music therapy sessions, adapted music lessons and Mommy and Me music classes.

Website: http://www.clearmusictherapy.com/

Dance on Edge

Dance On Edge Inc. strives to provide quality instruction by instilling confidence in it’s students through emphasizing dedication, discipline and enjoyment in dance. Our goal is to enrich life skills through dance. They offer a variety of dance classes, including Mom & Tot and Musical Theatre.

Website: http://www.danceonedge.ca/about-us.php

Dolphins Swim Club

The Calgary Dolphins Swim Club is a swim club for youth and young adults with Down syndrome that fosters both competition and spirit. The swimming program also increases mobility, endurance, and overall fitness levels improving quality of life for those involved.

Website: www.calgarydolphins.ca

Dubasov Dance and Wellness Inc.

Dance & Yoga for children and youth with special needs. For details on classes offered please contact Telisa at Dubasov Dance and Wellness Inc. 403 473 8334 dubasovdw@gmail.com

Website: www.dubdw.com

Enchanted Events / Fairy Camp

Enchanted Events has grown to develop several popular signature theme parties, summer camp for ages 3-12, and other family events too. Website: http://www.enchantedevents.ca/about_us.html

Flip Factory

Toddlers to seniors, beginners to pros, Flip Factory is for everyone. A non-competitive environment where the emphasis is on FUN, innovative, quality programs. Visit their website for information on the numerous class times and types.

Website: http://www.flip-factory.com/

Genesis Place – Airdrie

Genesis Place is the centre for recreation and activity in Airdrie. The centre houses a pool, gymnasium and fitness centre, 2 field houses and twin arenas. In coordination with the City of Airdrie, they offer a complete recreation program, camps, child care, youth and community events.

Website: http://www.airdrie.ca/index.cfm?serviceID=42

Girl Guides of Canada

Guide units do amazing things and have great adventures! The activities are girl-driven, for ages 5 and up and help ensure that Guides are ready to face the world today and meet the challenges of tomorrow with confidence. GGC has a complete inclusion policy; adapting programs when necessary. To register contact Arlene at 403 283 8348 to discuss individual needs.

Website: www.calgarygirlguides.com

Gymboree

Gymboree Play & Music program offers age-appropriate activities to help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children age 0-5 as they play. Parent involvement encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. The classes have a balanced whole-child approach with activities to support what the child is mastering right now and what he or she will aspire to later. Visit the website to find a class in your area. Website: https://www.gymboreeclasses.com/en/why-gymboree/

Gymtastics

With 2 locations (NE & SE) GYMTASTICS is a club that offers fun, fitness and fundamentals for children aged 18 months to adults with emphasis on developing self-esteem. They run pre-school, recreational and competitive classes supervised by qualified and experienced coaches. They also offer specialty programs such as cheerleading, adult classes and birthday parties.

Website: http://www.gymtastics.ca/programs

H2Able

H2Able is a 1:1 adapted swimming lesson program that provides the critical life skills for those with disabilities in aquatic emergency situations. The goals of the program are to gain confidence and comfort in the aquatic environment and to learn aquatic survival skills, while having fun.

Website: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/mrurecreation/Activity_Search/483

Heritage Park

Heritage Park provides exceptional educational programming that immerses participants in the early days of western settlement. Whether you want to dress the historical part, experience politics on the frontier or just try your hand at churning butter, Heritage Park has four categories of educational programming to choose from: School programs, Summer Camps, Youth Sleepover Programs and Adult Education Programs.

Website: http://www.heritagepark.ca/education-programs.html

Hockey Calgary

The Jr. Hitmen Development Program is dedicated to providing a fun, challenging, and progressive learning environment for hockey players of all skill levels. Jr. Hitmen Hockey offers Spring Teams, 3 on 3 Leagues, Summer Camps, In Season Development and The Lil Hitmen Program for players as young as 3 years old just beginning their hockey journey. Work on skills and habits that when combined, will take you to the next level.

Website: https://www.hockeycalgary.ca/resources/hockey-schools

Horsin Around

Horsin Around offers trail rides, camps & lessons and also birthday parties. They offer group and private lessons for everyone from the nervous novice to confident cowpoke. The lesson structure is designed for needs and ability.

Website: http://www.horsinaround.ca/shop/page/1?sessid=bkrN7S78iTNMbnMQHu3dLmkIaWpRAb

Inexpensive Kids Fun

It will answer that age old question that has many adults scratching their heads, “I’m bored, what can I do today?” Parents, grandparents and early childhood educators can find daily resources for children’s activities, parenting articles, and much, much more.

Website: www.inexpensivekidsfun.com

JB Music

Individual and group sessions for all ages and abilities. Plus, Therapy Express Summer Camps which incorporate music therapy, art, movement and drama, giving a variety of alternatives for self-expression and learning.

Website: www.jbmusictherapy.com

Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics

Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics has a focus on the grassroots of the sport of gymnastics. They aim to develop a strong foundation and instill a lifelong love for being physically active. KSG provides a non-competitive gymnastic experience to all ages and ability levels so they keep the environment light, fun and fitness focused.

Website: http://www.kyleshewfeltgymnastics.com/about-us/

Loose Moose Theatre

Loose Moose’s Theatre for Kids presentations are based on classic children’s stories that are interpreted and brought to life on stage.  They also have Improvisation Summer Camps where students will learn the fundamentals of improve; lessons will focus on positivity and teamwork while students learn strategies to think on their feel.

Website:  http://www.loosemoose.com/index.htm

Making Waves

Making Waves is a organization that provides low cost 1:1 water safety and swimming instruction for children with disabilities. Lessons are held at the Talisman Centre on Sundays.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/makingwavescalgary?fref=ts

MoMo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre

MOMO Dance Theatre brings together inspiring artists of all abilities and levels to be challenged in the joyful practice of unique dance and theatre skills. Through movement and theatrical activities we remove barriers and facilitate artistic expression through performance. Our classes are suitable for all ages, and all abilities – we believe EVERYONE deserves dance, joy, and community spirit.

Website: www.momodancetheatre.org

Mount Royal Conservatory

The Mount Royal Conservatory provides music, speech arts and drama programs for children of all ages and levels of development.

Website: http://www.mtroyal.ca/ProgramsCourses/FacultiesSchoolsCentres/TheConservatory/Programs/SSDATA_CONS_CHILDPROG

Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding Society

Opening Gaits mission is to provide children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience all the physical, social, and emotional benefits of riding on and spending time with a horse. The real success of therapeutic riding comes from most riders being highly motivated to learn new skills simply because they genuinely enjoy riding!

Website: www.openinggaits.org

Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch (OLQP)

OLQP is a non-denominational ranch that provides a fun experience for youth and families who have physical, mental, financial or emotional needs. The staff at OLQP strives to empower children through many exciting group activities. The Ranch is a place to make friends and relax; it also provides children with the opportunity to learn the important values of respect, empowerment, safety and family by exploring the outdoors with likeminded peers and the supportive OLQP staff.

Website: http://www.ourladyqueenofpeaceranch.com/about-us

Pedalheads: From Training Wheels to Trails

Pedalheads has safe, fun and challenging bike camps for children ages 2-12. Each of the 10 levels of instruction include safety knowledge, safety skills, trail riding, street riding and bike maintenance. They have taught over 150,000 children to ride, using their own Pedalheads teaching method, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. Visit their user-friendly website to register for group or private lessons in a number of Calgary locations.

Website: http://pedalheads.com/

Prairie Sky Esquine

Prairie Sky provides Equine Assisted Therapy to adults and children with physical, mental, social, and emotional disabilities. They do this through the assistance of our equine partners during ground and mounted activities. Their goal is to improve the quality of people’s lives through equine based activities, and our mission is “Changing Lives, One Ride at a Time”.

Website: http://www.okotoksag.com/prairie-sky-equine-assisted-therapy.php

Recreation Discovery

A resource directory to help you become familiar with recreation/leisure opportunities for people with disabilities. It is produced with the principle that people with disabilities should have equitable opportunities to participate in activities of their choice; with a focus on inclusion in the community. The agencies listed are just a starting point to help people find out about the various recreation programs and services available for people with disabilities in Calgary.

Website: www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Documents/Registration/Recreation-discovery.pdf (PDF document)

SAIT

Whether your camper’s interest is in baking or science, the trades, or making sense of money, there’s a unique, fun and skill-building experience for everyone.

Website: www.saitsummercamps.ca

Scouts Canada

Scouts Canada opens doors for girls and boys to explore a vast range of new experiences, opportunities, adventures, and friendships. They are accepting of any youth willing and able to participate. Leaders are encouraged to become aware of each child’s individual needs and strategize with the parent for successful inclusion. If necessary, aides are welcome with no fee of course.

Website: http://www.scouts.ca/

Simpson Stables

403-242-9753. No website but visit their Facebook page for information and reviews.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimpsonsEquineActivities/info?tab=overview

Skating: Learn to Skate & Can Skate

Learn to Skate is an un-parented program that introduces the younger skater to the principals of basic skating skills. Learn to skate is a popular multi-level skating instructional program designed for preschoolers to youth. It is a highly recognized program that is fun, safe and offers progressive instruction and levels.

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. Website: http://www.skateabnwtnun.com/en-us/programs/canskate.aspx

Both programs are offered at numerous arenas and recreation facilities throughout the city.

Spark Science Centre

TELUS Spark is a place for people of all ages and abilities to let go and embrace the desire to explore and discover science, technology and art in a way that their normal day-to-day life doesn’t allow for. Aides accompanying a child with special needs are more than welcome and at no extra cost. See their website for further information on location & pricing, programs, camps, and more.

Website: www.sparkscience.ca

Special Olympics / Active Start

Special Olympics Calgary offers 21 different sports and 33 programs for athletes to participate in through the year, including program for Young Athletes ages 2-7. They focus on providing fun, engaging, sport experiences for all individuals with varying abilities to participate in. Special Olympics Calgary achieves this by placing athletes in specific divisions according to their skills and abilities.

Website: www.specialolympicscalgary.ca

Active Start provides lessons for young athletes (chronological age 2-6 years) to learn about running, kicking, throwing, and jumping, but then builds on these experiences from the gym and provides caregivers educational information and resources that allows them to offer similar opportunities in the home environment. The rationale is that when children with an intellectual disability receive early instruction in basic motor skills and have the opportunity to experience ‘play’ there is improvement in their physical, social and cognitive abilities.

Sportball (Calgary)

Sportball offers a big variety of Multi-Sport and Sport-Specific weekly class programs designed to teach kids the gross motor skills they need to get in the game, including balance, stamina, strength, timing and coordination. Expert Coaches break down skills into kid-sized bites of fun in supportive, non-competitive settings that encourage teamwork. Whether we’re teaching toddlers how to kick or pre-teens how to bat, our goal is the same: to give kids the tools to get in the game and leave them with the desire to stay in the game.

Website: https://www.sportball.ca/calgary/about-programs/

Springbank Centre Stage Dance

Their vision is to provide the community with a dance facility accommodating to all ages, levels, and abilities in which individuals can dance in a non-discriminatory, safe and enjoyable environment, offering competitive rates and valuable instruction.

Website: http://springbankdancers.com/

Stampede City Gymnastics Club

Located in the NE, Stampede City’s Recreational program allows children to work at their own pace, while earning badges from the Can Gym Program. They also have a Special Needs class where children over the age of 6 will achieve success through clear expectations and modification of the badge system. Qualified instructors will lead the children at their own pace while offering a variety of teaching strategies. Children will achieve self confidence while developing skills in a safe and fun environment.

Website: http://www.stampedecitygym.com/

STARS Gymnastics & Cheerleading Centre

The Calgary STARS programs focus on the fun, fitness and fundamentals of each sport. Classes are taught by qualified, experienced instructors in a positive and encouraging environment. They are welcoming of all children; an all inclusive centre. Aides are welcome and will accompany the child onto the gymnastics floor in order to provide the best experience for the child.

Website: www.calgarystarsgym.com/

StoryBook Theatre

StoryBook Theatre currently produces eight plays per season, offers year-round theatre schools and so much more.  They have offered private drama class to our PREP4 students and are proud of being an inclusive experience.  Their mission is to enrich the Calgary community through quality family theatre experiences.

Website:  http://www.storybooktheatre.org/

The Tiny Light Foundation

The Tiny Light Foundation is a registered charity in Canada that provides professional photography for children and families that have been faced with a life-altering diagnosis. We provide families with lasting memories through the amazing art of photography. With the help of many photographers throughout Canada, we are able to provide families with photos they can share to help carry on the memories.

Website: www.thetinylight.com

Urban Dance

Urban Dance Projects offers dance lessons in hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, tiny tots, kinder combo, adult dance fitness and yoga. They offer a wide variety of recreational classes for students who wish to benefit from the fun and fitness of dance.

Website: http://www.urbandanceprojects.com/

Vecova

Vecova Recreation Centre provides recreation and leisure opportunities to Calgarians of all ages and abilities. Their barrier-free facility in NW Calgary features a warm 34.5° salt-water pool. They offer a wide variety of activities to suit your needs including swimming, preschool programs, birthday parties, fitness classes, day camps and more.

Website: http://vecova.ca/social-enterprise/recreation-centre/

Village Square Leisure Centre

Village Square is a City of Calgary facility offering a wide range of programs including dance, fitness & weights, a safari-themed water park with a wave pool, slides and splash zone, skating arenas and more. They are committed to offering programs that accommodate everyone regardless of ability. The Village Square will accommodate families who are looking for inclusive programs as well as specialized programs. Contact Linda Tanigami at 403-366-3921 or e-mail linda.tanigami@calgary.ca for further information or refer to the program guide on the website.

Website: www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Leisure-centres/Village-Square.aspx

West Side Recreation Centre

Focused on health, wellness and quality of life for all ages and ability levels, Westside offer facilities, activities, programs and services that are second to none. In addition to hundreds of healthy activity choices, Westside also offers top-notch personal training, child care, birthday parties and much more.

Website: http://www.westsiderec.com/what_we_offer/included_with_admission/

YMCA

YMCA believes potential is every kid’s right, every kids advantage, every kids secret weapon – theirs to explore and expand every time they show up! There are Y locations in all quadrants of the city plus Camp Chief Hector.

Website: www.ymcacalgary.org/index.php

Youth Singers

Calgary Youth Singers has developed a unique performing arts organization; providing an opportunity for young people to express themselves onstage through music, dance and theatre. Visit their website to preview the variety of programs for all ages and abilities, including their STAR program.

STAR (Special Talents in Arts and Recreation) is a interactive experience that allows children between the ages of 8 and 15 with cognitive delays to participate in a tailored program that uses music, movement and instruments to further benefit their current abilities and strengths in the performing arts.

Website: http://www.youthsingers.org/


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