These organizations and locations are committed to providing spaces where children with and without special needs can have fun together.
This all-inclusive garden allows all kids to enjoy a peaceful, grounding afternoon surrounded by beautiful structures and sculptures, plants and flowers, butterflies and insects, and sculptures.
Field 4 Eisenhower Park
33 S. Service Road, #122, Jericho
This 2-acre accessible park and playground is specially designed so children with disabilities and special needs can play alongside their siblings and friends without special needs. The equipment exceeds the guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act and is designed to help children develop gross and fine motor skills and cultivate balance and spatial perception. There are three play areas: one for toddlers, a 2- to 5-year-old section, and another for children ages 5-12. Swings have harnesses, slides have gradual slopes, and the seesaw has a backrest on one side to provide more stability. The paths are wide enough for a wheelchair, and the surface is springy throughout. Sand and water play areas can be accessed with a wheelchair. Parking and amenities are nearby, and there are benches all around for comfortable supervision.
225 Community Drive, Suite 250, Great Neck
Pump It Up, a play space filled with giant inflatables, offers monthly Sensory Playtime sessions for kids on the autism spectrum. On select Tuesday nights, bring your child to bounce, jump, slide, and play sensory-friendly games in private arenas. Pump It Up can also accommodate support groups, play therapy sessions, and social events for individuals on the autism spectrum or those with other special needs, their family members and friends, and the professionals who work with them. Registration is required for these sessions. Cost is $14.95 per child.
1074 Pulaski St., Riverhead
This amazing indoor play space has tons to do for kids with and without disabilities, including an 18-foot-tall soft playground, an inflatable obstacle course, an inflatable slide, arcade games, a hands-on sensory area, and a sensory calming spa. Kids can experience Open Play all day, every day beginning at $17 per child. Safari Adventure also offers group sessions for organizations and camps, as well as birthday parties and character appearance events.