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Bear-O-Care: Offers year-round respite care services for children and adults with significant disabilities.

Children will have a variety of activities to choose from. Every session has a Manager, Respite leaders, and volunteers from local high schools and universities. Depending on need, an RN or LPN can be onsite to administer medications, deliver g-tube feedings, or assist with other needs (please specify your needs in the registration form).

Website:              Phone:  (801) 419-4731

Ages:  6 through adulthood                            Location: 355 E 400 S Ste.106, Bountiful


Clearfield City Recreation: A variety of activities including a Summer Recreate in the Park program and Friday Adventures. They do allow care/support personnel for the person with a disability to attend with them for free. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pool now has new equipment and more specific programs.

Website: *Find the Summer Guide on line or in print

Cost: Private Pay                                           Location: 55 South State Street, Clearfield


Friend to Friend at Center Pointe Theatre: Provides a free theatre class from September to June with two performances.

Website: .    Location:  Centerville


Freedom Riders:  Freedom Riders is a non-profit equestrian program specifically designed for physically disabled children. Freedom Riders uses well trained horses and specialized equipment to provide balance, coordination, endurance, and improve ambulatory skills to children with cerebral palsy and other physical challenges. These children, with the help of dedicated volunteers, meet each week during the summer months to learn horsemanship skills as well as stretching exercises and games on horseback.

Website:       Location: Golden Spike Event Center

1000 N 1200 W St, Ogden

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GiGi’s Playhouse: An achievement center with 14 different programs for individuals of all ages with Down syndrome. Free programs as well as great volunteer opportunities available. Summer activities include Pre-school Prep, Dance, and Summer Camp.

Email:                Phone: (801) 784- 7429

Location: 1916 N 700 W #140, Layton


Hoofbeats to Healing:   Hoofbeats to Healing is dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding, using an effective natural approach to horseback riding therapy. They work with a variety of different disabilities. For more information check out their website. Wednesdays 2-6pm in Morgan County.

Website:                          Phone:  (801) 836-4325

Location: 5859 N Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Mountain Green


 I See You: This new organization’s purpose is to help individuals and the entire families with invisible illnesses. They will be hosting activities throughout the year, such as art therapy. To learn more visit their website, call, or e-mail Lisa. Like their Facebook page to receive info on events:

Location: Wasatch Front                  Phone: (801) 410-1773

Cost: Free                                         Website:


LIL Flippers: Tumbling gym for children to experience a wide variety of activities using equipment made specifically for this age group. We have a group specifically for special needs. Call the office for details.

Website:                         Phone: (801) 593-8484

Age: Preschool (may req. Parent Involvement)

Location: 1246 W Flint Meadows Dr. #102, Kaysville


National Association for Child Development (NACD):  NACD has been dedicated over the last several decades to addressing issues that impact on children and adults with Down syndrome. We seek to change public opinion as well as the opinions of parents and professionals about the potential of individuals with Down syndrome.  NACD focuses on individualized targeted developmental and educational intervention.

Website:           Age:  All ages, including adults with Ds       Location:  St. George, Utah and Ogden, Utah


Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports: Provides specialized ski and snowboard and other snow related activities at discounted rates.  They are amazing. 

Website:      Phone:  801-695-7074


Ohana Day Center: Ohana is a unique day center for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Members can anticipate and attend activities that are best suited for them by checking the planned weekly schedule. Summer activities include biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, art specialists, music therapists, bowling, cultural studies, and life skills.

Website:            Phone: (801) 683-8986

Age: 18 yrs +                                                  Location: 1492 S 800 W #E, Wood Cross

Cost: $50.00 a day includes lunch. There are other activities for a discounted price.


Rite Care Learning Centers: A therapist is paired with the child and parent for weekly sessions. The participation of the parent or other attending adult is essential. When the adult learns along with the child, the concepts taught can be reinforced at home and the child is much m


Phone:  (801) 486-0579         Location: 3755 S Washington Blvd Suite 1A, South Ogden


Sky’s Old School Martial Arts: Martial arts/ self-defense classes for anyone 5 yrs old and up. We also have special need classes. We offer a special class for anyone that might need a little more help in class, could be as little as attention span, ADD, Impulse or could be anyone with Down Syndrome, Autism or anything else.

Website:                                   Phone: (801) 686-1607

Location: 370 S 500 E Suite 170, Clearfield           Age: 5+, classes for all age groups


South Davis Recreation Center Adaptive  Swimming: This special needs program provides individual and personalized instruction based on experience and ability in the water. When possible, students are placed into regular classes and appropriate swim levels. This is a unique opportunity for those with special needs to learn how to swim. Call or go online to register.


Phone: (801) 298-6220                                  Location: 550 N 200 W Bountiful

Cost: $40 per session (2 x per week/ 4 weeks)


SwimKids: Where Fun & Safety Meet. With over 30 years’- worth of experience teaching children 4 months and up, SwimKids can tailor lessons specifically to your child’s needs and abilities. Our well- trained, enthusiastic and caring instructors are eager to teach your child to swim. Sandy opening Summer 2019!

Website:      Email:

Phone: (801) 691-7946 (call or text)             Location: 2288 W 600 N, Kaysville


TURN Community Services,  Inc.: Offers various activities through their summer day camps. They also offer Saturday Day Camp and activities throughout the year for all ages. Turn accepts private pay and DSPD clients.

Website:   Phone:  (801) 820-5471

Location: 1906 W 1800 N, Clinton                 Age: 6- 22 (specifically summer camp


Utah Mountain Bike Elevate Program: In partnership with the NAC and the Utah High School Cycling League, a unique opportunity to any high school student with a disability to learn how to mountain bike with the goal of competing as a member of their school’s mountain bike team. Email Tasha to register.


Email:                            Age: High school students




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