Special Needs Programs

The Parks & Recreation Department offers various programs for persons with disabilities throught the year, including Special Olympics, Teen and Adult Social Club, and Camp Sunburst, a summer camp for participants ages 6 - 21.

Special Olympics
For participants ages 8 and up

The Parks & Recreation Department offers Special Olympics programs throughout the year with various competitive activities.

  • Fall: Bowling
  • Winter: Basketball, Swimming & Bowling
  • Spring: Track & Field, Swimming

The East Hartford Parks & Recreation Department takes great pride in partnering with Special Olympics CT to provide opportunities for special needs athletes to engage in athletic programs where athletes are able to participate in weekly practices and showcase their skills and abilities in state competitions, all while developing friendships and memories. Our highly experienced staff are devoted to working with each programs athletes in providing a positive environment and encouraging our athletes to strive to do their best.

Note: All athletes must provide updated Special Olympics CT; Athlete Medical and Release forms PRIOR to registration. For competition purposes, all athletes must register PRIOR to the start of the first practice. Click here to register online.

The following forms must be filled out completely when registering for Special Olympics. Medical Forms are good for three years.

Fall Special Olympics Bowling
Calling all Bowlers!  Join us for yet another great season of Bowling through Special Olympics Connecticut.  In order to register, all athletes must have an updated Special Olympics CT Medical Form and Release Form on file with the Parks and Recreation Department prior to participating.  Forms can be found online at:  www.soct.org/forms/.  Registration and payment is due prior to the start of the first practice.
Activity # 91002-1
Location:  HOF Silver Lanes, East Hartford
Dates: Saturdays, September 15 - November 17
Time:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee:  $90 Resident / $99 Non-Residents


Teen & Adult Social Club
From bowling and the movies to tie-dye and dances, there's something for everyone. Our experienced staff will provide a night of supervision and activities in addition to facilitating group interaction and fostering positive behaviors. Staff are trained in the field of special education and are able to provide the necessary skills to facilitate the program.
Click here to register online

Mini-Golf & Ice Cream - Friday, September 14, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Drop off at 6:00 PM, pickup at 8:00 PM at Fairway Mini-Golf, 75 Spielman Rd, South  Windsor, CT.
Fee: $10 pre-registration, $15 drop-in.
Activity #11000-1

Movie Madness - Friday, Sept. 28 , 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Drop off at 6:00 PM, pick up at 8:00 PM at Raymond Public Library, 840 Main Street. 
Fee:  $5 pre-registration, $10 drop-in.
Activity # 11000-2 

Happy Haunting Dance w/ Glastonbury - Friday, Oct. 19, Time TBD
Time TBD.  Held at Academy Building, 2143 Main St, Glastonbury
Fee: $5 pre-registration, $10 drop-in.
Activity#11000-3

Pumpkin Picking - Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Drop off 1:00 PM, pickup at 3:30 PM at 1146 Cromwell Ave, Rocky Hill.
Fee: $15 pre-registration, $20 drop-in. 
Activity #11000-4

Friendsgiving - Friday, Nov.16, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Drop off at 6:00 PM, pickup at 9:00 PM at North End Senior Center at 30 Remington Road.
Fee: $5 pre-registration, $10 drop-in.
Activity #11000-5

Jump Off Trampoline Park - Friday, Nov. 30, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Drop off at 6:00 PM, pickup at 8:00PM at 145 Spencer St., Manchester.
Fee: $20 pre-registration, $25 drop-in.  
Activity #11000-6

Holiday Tree Lighting & Hot Cocoa - Friday, Dec. 7, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Drop off at 6:00 PM, pickup at 8:00 PM at the Community Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place. Dress warmly, this is an outdoor event.
Fee: $5 pre-registration, $10 drop-in.
Activity #11000-7.  

Buckland Mall Holiday Shopping! - Friday, Dec. 14, 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Drop off at 6:00 PM, pickup at 9:30 PM at the Buckland Mall outside the Barnes & Noble Entrance. 
Fee: $5 pre-registration, $10 drop-in.
Activity #11000-8.  


Camp Sunburst
Ages 6 - 21
A full day summer camp program, held for 7 weeks in the summer.  Information comes out in early April.