Volume 9 | OCTOBER 2018
FALL & WINTER NEWS
We hope that you will take a few minutes to take a look at some of our upcoming fall and winter programs and events. For more information about anything in this newsletter please visit our website by clicking on the button below.
UNIVERSITY OF FUN TODDLER PLAY GROUP
The University of Fun is a playgroup designed for children OF ALL ABILITIES ages birth to 5. This fully inclusive playgroup focuses on fun while developing social and motor skills for the participants. The playtime also allows parents to interact with each other and to share information and strategies. Come join us for some downtime and to learn from each other while your children have a blast!
The University of Fun will be in session each Tuesday beginning on September 18, 2018 and will run until May of 2019 at Chapter 126 - 47 Upson St. in Bristol. We will be offering both morning (9:30-11) and afternoon (1-2:30) sessions. Program cost is $5 per session payable at the desk on each day or you may purchase advance discount passes. Click HERE for more information and to purchase discount passes.
SUPER SATURDAYS AT CHAPTER 126
Come in out of the cold for our indoor inclusive adaptive gym program - Super Saturdays. The day is made up of 3 different programs. KIDS Club is for children with any type of disability ages 4-11 along with their "typically developing" siblings or friends. There are two 60 minute sessions, 10:30 or 12:45, to choose from.
Varsity Sports Club follows the same inclusive idea but is for those ages 12-21 along with their siblings or friends. Varsity Sports Club meets at 9:00 am and runs for 75 minutes each week.
It Takes a Village is for our parents as they wait for their children in the sports clubs. If you would like to use the workout facility as Chapter 126 you are welcome. Some weeks we will bring in a speaker to talk about a subject that impacts our families who have children with special needs.
To learn more about Super Saturdays and to register your child please visit our website by clicking HERE
SIBSHOPS ARE BACK
The Miracle League of CT has provided programs for children with special needs for more than 5 years now. We've offered programs for the Parents too! Now we have decided to focus a new offering for siblings. It's called Sibshops!
Statistically speaking, the longest lasting relationship in your child with special needs life will be with their sibling(s). We don't need to tell our families that when you have a child with special needs, it has an impact on every member of the family. It's just a different reality for the siblings. Much of the impact is great and enlightening for them. Some is not so great. Sibshops uses fast paced recreational activities that help the sibs to get to know each other and to share feelings and strategies about how they go about their lives. Our pilot program for Sibshops in the spring was a huge success. We are now offering an extended program that will be held on the second Sunday of each month beginning on November 11th and ending on March 10th . We will meet at Chapter 126 in Bristol. Please click HERE to learn more about this exciting new program and to register your child with special needs sibling. This program is for the Siblings only.
TRICK OR TREAT IN OUR ACCESSIBLE NEIGHBORHOOD
Our favorite event of the year is less than 2 weeks away! Put on your favorite costume and join us on the Miracle League Field on Saturday October 27th from 2 - 4:30pm.(rain date Sunday Oct. 28th same time) for lots of treats and maybe even a few tricks. This is a free event to all and you do not need to register in order to attend.
More than 40 local businesses, civic groups, not for profit groups and families come together to create an accessible neighborhood for your children to enjoy Halloween in a safe, friendly and not so spooky atmosphere. If your family, business or group would like to join us to make the day even more special for the kids by becoming part of our accessible neighborhood to hand out treats to all of the ghouls, ghosts and goblins please contact Mike Michaud at miracleleageuct@comcast.net or call 860 769-7055. Click HERE for more info.
SENSORY FRIENDLY DAT AT THE CT SCIENCE CENTER
The Miracle League of CT is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for Sensory Friendly programs at the CT Science Center. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the Science Center in a safe and sensory friendly environment. That’s why we are lowering the volume and dimming the lights for our friends with sensory disabilities. All visitors will get the fun of the Connecticut Science Center plus tons of activities, arts & crafts, and LIVE Gallery Science Demonstrations without the usual loud sounds and bright lights. All are welcome! Come on out on Sunday November 4th from 10am to 5pm and enjoy all that the Science Center has to offer. Special event for the day is:
Enjoy bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles with Bubble Mania Jr.! Mr. Jim will be here performing his soap bubble tricks in 3 shows between 11AM-2PM where he will also be creating amazing bubble sculptures.
Tickets are $14 online, in advance or $16.95 at the door (1:1 aides are always free).
Visit the CT Science Center website at www.ctsciencecenter.org to purchase your advance tickets.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
This event is open to all children with any type of intellectual, developmental or physical disability and their immediate family members. The $5 registration fee per person, ($20 maximum charge for families of 4 or more people), covers less than half of the actual cost for the evening, The Miracle League of CT is happy to cover the remainder. You must register in order to attend. Register early to assure your spot, space is limited. Your $5 registration fee entitles each person to:

2 games of bowling
Bowling shoe rental
1 game of mini-golf
1 slice of pizza
1 small drink
A fun night out for the entire family

The Lessard Family Entertainment Center is fully accessible. The lanes have ball ramps available and lane bumpers will be used. The mini-golf area is also accessible. You may drop in anytime between 6 & 9pm. The lanes are located at 136 New Britain Avenue in Plainville. Click HERE for more information and to register.
PARENTS ONLY NIGHT
Hire a sitter and join us for a relaxing evening with some other adults at our Miracle League of CT Parents Only Night on Saturday November 3rd from 7-10pm. The free event will be held at the Hooker Brewing Company at Colt - 140 Huyshope Ave. in Hartford near the historic Colt Blue Onion building.
We welcome parents of any child who has participated in any of our programs or parents who have a child with any type of disability who would like to learn more about what The Miracle League of CT has to offer. Join us for a drink or two, some light food and great conversation with other parents who share your concerns. For more information click HERE . This is a free event but we do ask that you email us to let us know if you would like to attend at miracleleaguect@comcast.net
PLAYING FOR A MIRACLE MLSECT FUNDRAISER
Calling all Baseball Fans! Come out to support our friends with The Miracle League of Southeastern CT at the Mohegan Sun Resort for "Playing for a Miracle" on Friday November 16th. This baseball themed business casual gala will be raising funds to build a multi-sport Miracle League Field in East Lyme that will serve all of Southeastern CT and Western Rhode Island.
The event will feature past and current MLB players and coaches, along with a silent auction, tea cup raffle and much much more. For more information and to purchase tickets click HERE .
The Miracle League is all about removing barriers for children with special needs so that they can participate in recreational, educational and cultural activities as any of their friends or siblings do. We recognize that sometimes those barriers may involve financial difficulties that a family may be going through. We do our best to subsidize most costs for our programs in order to keep them affordable. If you find that you may need a fee waiver or scholarship for any of our programs we encourage you to contact us by email with your request at miracleleaguect@comcast.net. All requests will be kept strictly confidential. We are happy to work with all of our families in order to be sure that every child who wants to participate is able to . 
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