Check out adaptive programs for people with disabilities offered this spring in Minneapolis Parks!

Photo of youth participating in the adaptive obstacle course program at Matthews Park.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) offers a wide variety of programs and events for people with disabilities. Check out the list of upcoming adaptive programs below and register today!

Register online by clicking the “REGISTER” link at the bottom of each program description. Some activities have special registration instructions at the bottom of each program description. Please follow those instructions and if you have any questions please call 612-230-6478 or email sthorsen@minneapolisparks.org.


Youth Adaptive Yoga

Adaptive Yoga for youth with disabilities is a new, free program beginning this spring! Our youth-centered and experienced instructors will meet each child at their level while integrating games, breathing techniques and playful poses.

All equipment provided. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle to each class.

Day/Time: Mondays, 6:15 pm-7:15 pm
Dates: April 6-May 11; June 15-July 20
Cost: FREE, pre-registration required
Location: Brackett Recreation Center, 2728 29th Ave. S.

TO REGISTER: Call 612-370-4924, email brackett@minneapolisparks.org or visit Brackett Recreation Center in person.


Adaptive swim lessons at Phillips Aquatics Center

Adaptive Swim Lessons 

Adaptive Swim Lessons are free for youth and adults at Phillips Aquatics Center! Gain comfort and confidence in and around water as trained instructors facilitate games, skill-building and water safety in a safe environment with peers.

Lessons are 40 minutes long, with 10 minutes of unstructured free swim time built in. Lessons are held once a week, with four lessons each session.

Youth Lessons

Day/Time: Wednesdays, two classes each session: 4:00-4:40 pm or 4:50-5:30 pm
Dates: February 5-26; March 4-11
Cost: FREE, pre-registration required
Location: Phillips Aquatics Center, 2323 11th Ave. S

Adult Lessons

Day/Time: Fridays, two classes each session: 10:30-11:10 am or 11:20 am-Noon
Dates: February 7-28; March 6-27
Cost: FREE, pre-registration required
Location: Phillips Aquatics Center, 2323 11th Ave. S

TO REGISTER: Call 612-370-4859, email aquatics@minneapolisparks.org or visit the Phillips Aquatics Center in person.


Youth Adaptive Sports Sampler

Interactive fun for children ages 5-12 of all ability levels. Learn a variety of sports through games, drills and activities!

Spring Sports Sampler

Day/Time: Thursdays 4:00-4:45 pm
Dates: March 19-April 23, 2020
Ages/Cost: Ages 5-12; $40 Minneapolis residents, $60 non-residents
Location: Matthews Recreation Center, 2318 29th Ave. S

REGISTER


Adaptive Gymnastics 

Go Gymnastics Adaptive program is a fun introduction class to gymnastics for girls and boys with disabilities. It features a station-based gymnastics course set in a smaller environment with a smaller class size and coach-to-student ratio.

We will introduce basic gymnastics skills like forward and backward rolls, cartwheels, handstands, walking on beams and hanging from bars.The 45-minute class includes warm up, flexibility, balance and conditioning. Progression in class is based on individual abilities.

Day/Time: Wednesdays; ages 3-5: 3:00-3:45 pm; ages 5-12: 4:00-4:45 pm
Dates: February 19-March 13; April 15-May 10
Cost: $65 resident, $98 non-resident
Location: Painter Recreation Center, 620 34th St. W

REGISTER


Special Olympics basketball team at Harrison Recreation Center

Special Olympics Basketball

Special Olympics and MPRB have teamed up to bring anyone ages 8 and up a great winter sport — basketball! Sign up today to join the MPRB’s new Special Olympics Basketball Team. Compete at the Area Competition in April and possibly make it to the Summer Games June 19-21, 2020. Additional medical paperwork required for Special Olympics MN. Equipment and uniforms are provided.

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6-7 pm
Dates: Feb. 25-April 21, 2020
Ages/Cost: Ages 8 and up; $40 residents, $60 non-residents
Location: Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE

REGISTER


Adaptive Open Gym

Shooting hoops and other gym activities with your friends are good ways to get into shape and have fun! This is an ActivePass Program for people ages 13 and up. Get an ActivePass from staff at the desk. Youth under the age of 18 need a guardian’s signature to receive a pass. Proper gym attire must be worn to participate.

Day/Time: Second Saturday of the month, 2:00-3:30 pm,
Dates: Year-round (next one is Feb. 8)
Ages/Cost: Ages 13 and up; FREE, no registration required, just drop in
Location: Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE


Bonfire Bunch

Enjoy a bonfire, nature-inspired arts and crafts, guided nature walks, snacks and visiting with friends. It will be “bunches” of fun! This program takes place outside so please dress for the weather.

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 19, 6:00-7:30 pm
Ages/Cost: Ages 18+, $5, pre-registration encouraged, but not required
Location: Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 North Mississippi Drive

REGISTER


Interpretive sign depicting local birds at North Mississippi Regional Park

Trail Trekkers 

Spend the morning walkin’ or a rollin’ on park paths with a naturalist guide in search of nature’s treasures during this program for adults with developmental disabilities or families that have children with disabilities. Use different tools like binoculars and magnifying glasses to examine high up in the trees or down low under logs. Come enjoy the exploration – who knows what we may find?

Date/Time: Saturdays, May 2 and June 6; Ages 18+: 10-11 am; Families (All Ages): 11:15 am-12:15 pm
Cost: FREE, but please pre-register
Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 North Mississippi Drive

REGISTER 


Brunch and Bingo

What is better than bingo and brunch? Enjoy a delicious brunch followed by bingo. Follow the Register button below to register online or call 612-668-2478.

Day/Time: Various Saturdays, 10 am-Noon
Ages/Cost: Ages 18+, $5, pre-registration required.
Location: Next one is March 28 at Bryant Square Recreation Center, 3101 Bryant Ave. Dates/Locations vary through the year.

REGISTER


Jammin’ at Northeast

Get your groove on at our social program for adults with developmental disabilities. Once a month, join your friends for a night of dancing and socializing to the best classic and new dance jams. A light snack and beverage will be provided.

Day/Time: Typically third Saturday of the month, 6-8 pm, year-round (Next one is Feb. 22, moved to fourth Saturday to accommodate Valentine’s Day Weekend)
Ages/Cost: Ages 18+, $5, no registration required
Location: Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE


Family Fun at Coyle

Parents and children meet weekly on Sundays to chat and engage in various recreation activities geared toward Somali families of children with autism. A portion of the program will be dedicated to programming specifically for children and the other portion will engage families together in activities.

Day/Time: Sundays, Noon-2 pm
Ages/Cost: Youth ages 11 and under and their families, FREE, no registration required
Location: Coyle Community Center, 420 15th Ave. S