Please refer to the list below for BSPN events or other events that might benefit special-needs families. If you know of an event that we should add to our list, please contact us.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 / 6:30 p.m.
Topics in Special Education: Mindful Parenting
Rosalie Jones Administration Center
335 W. Wilson St., Batavia
Special educator Courtnay Ozanne of Batavia Early Childhood Center presents a workshop on mindful parenting. The practice of mindfulness helps bring present moment awareness to challenging situations and allows us to respond rather than react. As parents, it is easy to fall into the trap of emotional reactions to our children’s behavior. When we learn how to take a pause and observe our feelings, we can make better parenting choices. In this workshop, we will learn and practice a few simple mindfulness techniques. We will also discuss ways to introduce mindfulness to children of all ages and ability levels.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 / 6:00 p.m.
Year-End Celebration with
Mr. Freeze from Fermilab
Rotolo Middle School Cafeteria
1501 S. Raddant Rd., Batavia
Mr. Freeze will present his fun and exciting cryogenics show as we celebrate the end of another school year. Please join us for this family event. Please note that Mr. Freeze's show does include some loud noises, so bring ear protection for sensory sensitive kids.
Saturday, June 22, 2019 / 9:00 a.m.
Lights Up Sound Down Showing of
Toy Story 4
Goodrich Randall 15 Theater
550 N. Randall Rd., Batavia
Join BSPN for a sensory-friendly movie. The lights will be turned up, the sound will be lowered, and no previews will be shown. Regular matinee prices of $6.00 for children 3-11 and $7.50 for ages 12+ apply. Snack boxes will be offered at a $1 discount.
Other Events of Interest
Thursday, March 14 / 7:30 p.m.
Autism Parent Support Group
The Autism Center at Autism Behavioral & Educational Svcs.
1250 Executive Place, Suite 201, Geneva
The mission of the Autism Parent Support Group is to get parents together to share in their experiences and build a community , as well as to discuss resources available. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (815)227-ABES.
Tuesday, March 26 / 7:00 p.m.
Tricities Parent Network Meet & Greet
3815 E. Main St. Unit B, St. Charles
Join NovaCare Kids for an initial meet and greet as they look to create a network of parents who can learn and grow with one another. Bring ideas to share; coffee and treats will be provided. For more information, contact Kelsey at email@example.com or NovaCare Kids at (630)584-7530.
Thursday, April 4 / 7:00 p.m.
"Plugging" the Drain: Coping with the effects of parenting a child with ADHD
Geneva Public Library
127 James St., Geneva
This presentation by Kimberly Eldridge MSW, LCSW, is sponsored by the Fox Valley ADHD Parent Support Group. To RSVP, please join the group on meetup.com or email Dana Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 13 / 9:00 a.m. (doors open) / 10:30 a.m. (egg hunt)
Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt
Thompson Jr. High
440 Boulder Hill Pass, Oswego
Optimist International Oswego Chapter presents a fun day of Easter activities, including games, prizes, face painting, bounce house, and pictures with the Easter Bunny ($5 per family). After the egg hunt, continue to the downtown Oswego bunny hop. This event is for kids with special needs and their siblings.
Sunday, April 14 / 2:00 p.m.
Special Needs Eggstravaganza (sensory friendly Easter activity)
Chapelstreet Church Keslinger Campus
3435 Keslinger Rd., Geneva
Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11 / 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fantasy Amusement Variety@ Play Carnival
Fox Valley Mall
4333 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora
Fantasy Amusements offers a free opportunity for special needs families to attend the annual spring carnival during a time the carnival is not open to the general public. Rides will be operated at slower speeds when possible or for shorter intervals, and additional time will be allowed to enter and exit rides. Admission is free, along with popcorn, cotton candy, and one game prize per child. To attend, email email@example.com along with the number of people in your party and the date you would like to attend.