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Special families fun fest

For families with special needs

The DeltaPlex Arena and Family Hope Foundation have partnered to produce the first Special Families Fun Fest September 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DeltaPlex Arena.

The event promises to provide a low-cost, low-stress day filled with fun activities perfect for the whole family of individuals with special needs, no matter their age or disability. Popular draws like Rick the Reptile Guy and Gymboree are complemented by amenities that will help individuals with special needs and their families relax and enjoy the day.

Special amenities include volunteers at every exit, a sensory room for regulation, barrier-free access, and a quiet room.

Activities include: Rick the Reptile Guy from Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, Carnival Midway Games for varying levels of ability, Hands on music exploration with Allegro School of Music, Parachute Time with Gymboree of Grand Rapids, Dance Lessons with Arts in Motion, Sensory Room with the Center for Childhood Development, and more.

“The DeltaPlex has been such a generous partner in this event,” said Family Hope Foundation board chair Lara Kitts. “We have worked hard to make Special Families Fun Fest a day where the entire family can get out and have fun together, which is so important but can be a big challenge when a family member has special needs.”

Admission to Special Families Fun Fest is $5.00, which includes 10 carnival game tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at Etix.com or either in advance or the day of the event at the DeltaPlex Box Office at 2500 Turner Avenue NW, Grand Rapids MI 49544. Proceeds from Special Families Fun Fest will help support Family Hope Foundation’s scholarship program for therapy not covered by insurance.

Family Hope Foundation organizes and publicizes a series of events designed for families of individuals with special needs. From movies to family days at various venues, each is designed to provide families of individuals with special needs with affordable, disability-friendly, low stress, fun activities that they can participate in as a whole family.

More information is available by visiting Family Hope Foundation’s website at www.thefamilyhopefoundation.org, on Facebook, or by contacting Lara Kitts at (616) 780-3839.


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