Tips Categorized as Outings

Follow the tracks for an “enter-training” day!

Round trip train rides can be lots of fun for grandchildren. If you are accompanying a child with disabilities, Amtrak will allow a caregiver or shadow to travel free of cost. Take Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano, Los Angeles or other local destinations. Have lunch or just visit the near-by … Read More »

Don’t get bowled over

At bowling alleys, ask for special gutter bumpers and ramps for balls. This will make bowling easier for grandchildren and more enjoyable for everyone.

Hands-on fun at museums

Look for local children’s museums or exhibits that allow children to explore them. In Orange County you can visit the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, http://www.discoverycube.org/?gclid=COGO7a3n7qwCFUWMtgodigzI9A, Pretend City in Irvine, http://pretendcity.org/ and Museo in Anaheim, http://www.muzeo.org/home.php. For additional listings of local attractions for special needs children, please go to … Read More »

Music to your ears

Check into tickets for the children’s concert series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Forty-five minute concerts are designed for children and afterwards, they provide a hands on opportunity with a featured musical instrument. Noisy children are acceptable.

Go Take A Hike … With Your Special Needs Grandchildren!

The head naturalist at Naturalist For You leads many local Orange County hikes. He has experience working with special needs kids and is willing to lead a hike if there is sufficient interest. He has suggestedthat a couple of short canyon hikes (Silverado and Black Star) would be most appropriate … Read More »

Fun in the park

Take walks together in local parks. Feed ducks, explore gardens and enjoy other park features.

Special Parks for Special Needs Kids

Orange County, California, has several parks for special needs children. Follow these links for additional information: Courtney’s SandCastle in San Clemente Box Canyon Park in Yorba Linda Pittsford Park in Lake Forest Angel’s Playground in TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa Heritage Park in Irvine (accessible features) Northwood Community Park in … Read More »