This is a resource list for families who have children with special needs. Please share information about outings or places that accommodate various special needs. Families can also share tips for making the activity less stressful, such as where you can change a child who is too big for the standard changing table in bathrooms. To submit your suggestions, please email: FamilyFun@teamupwithfamilies.org. Suggestions will be reviewed before being added to the list.
For a helpful calendar of family activities, visit www.southeastregionalcenter.org and click on Calendar of Events (under Trainings/Workshops).
FortCushing in Delafield – take Hwy C exit off of Hwy 94W, then L after exiting and L onto Main St., turn R onto Cushing Park Rd. by Kurt’s Steakhouse. It has molded swings, w/c accessible ramps and surface for most of it, chimes, and many activities that is accessible for a w/c. There are also wheelchair accessible trails nearby. The bathrooms have been locked every time we’ve been there so I can’t report on them.
Oconomowoc has a new accessible playground, Imagination Station. It is located in beautiful Roosevelt Park in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. You can read about it below or go to their website here for more information: http://www.oconomowocplayground.org
IMAGINE – A place where children of all abilities can learn, play, and grow side-by-side. With your help, it has become a reality. Come aboard Imagination Station…Waukesha County’s first fully inclusive playground!
OUR MISSION…is to bring our community together and build a unique playground where children of every ability can play together.
MAKING THE UNIMAGINABLE POSSIBLE – For some children, delighting in the joys of a conventional playground is unimaginable. When a child uses a wheelchair or has difficulty in walking, climbing a vertical ladder to experience thrill of a slide or traversing gravel on the way to conquering the monkey bars, makes these seemingly simple childhood freedoms unreachable. Imagination Station playground removes these obstacles.
INNOVATIVE FEATURES – Rubberized surfacing, recycled plastic composite ramping, therapeutic swings and swinging deck, multi-sensory activity structures, musical and educational components, one entrance/exit safety, and more!
Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee has discounts on their admission for people with disabilities of $4. Regular adult admission is $5.50, children 6-12 are $4, and 5 and under are free. The entrance has heavy doors and no automatic push open doors that I saw so you may need help getting them open. There was a lot of seating throughout in the main entrance and inside each dome. They did have a long bench that could be used to change a larger child in the bathroom. The show dome has concrete at the entrance, but the rest is mulch/wood chips so may be difficult to maneuver a wheelchair or walker. The other two domes are all paved, but they have some steep declines/inclines. They also offer wheelchairs on a first come-first serve basis. It’s a little more work to enjoy, but with a little knowledge beforehand and some help it is possible. They do offer a variety of events: www.countyparks.com/horticulture.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison: outdoors gardens are free and wheelchair accessible. 12-passenger tram provides free rides around the 16-acre outdoor gardens, primarily for visitors needing assistance and accommodates wheelchairs.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is owned and operated by the City of Madison Parks Division in partnership with the non-profit Olbrich Botanical Society.
If you need to take a break or need privacy for personal cares while at the Wisconsin State Fair, visit the First Aid station. It’s located near the Golden Guernsey milk booth. It has a ramp to get inside and cots. The Convention Center has an area for breastfeeding mothers that has a long, sturdy table and couch. This would be more appropriate for changing a child too large for a changing table offered in the bathrooms. Another option is the family restroom in the same building.
The Waukesha County Fair also has a First Aid station that has cots inside a tent.