The Arc of Riverside County is a non-profit that serves adults with intellectual & other developmental disabilities. Over the years, The Arc has significantly increased the quality of life for these individuals.
The Arc of Riverside hosts My Play Club, a monthly play date program for children with and without disabilities, designed to promote inclusion and break down barriers. On the third Saturday of each month (February – October), The Arc brings families together at Riverside’s Universally Accessible Playground at Fairmount Park to participate in a fun filled event bring friendship and awareness to hundreds of children in the community.
We PLEDGE to provide an opportunity for children with special needs to come together in an inclusive, dignified and safe environment. We are committed to encouraging the socialization between children of all abilities in fun, educational, recreational and therapeutic indoor/outdoor activities in which they can learn from direct support professionals and each other. We are further dedicated to providing parents respite and educational workshops that contribute the knowledge and support necessary to guide their child in a changing world.
My Play Club was originated by Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization devoted to creating inclusive playgrounds and programs that unite children with all abilities. My Play Club is co-sponsored by Riverside’s Park and Recreation Department and The Inland Empire Health Plan. It is also endorsed by The Commission on Disabilities for the City of Riverside.
“This is the kind of event that is helping Riverside become a city of diversity and inclusion,” said Mike Gardner, City Councilman for Ward 1. “When children with and without disabilities play together they’re learning that they have much more in common than they have differences. It is wonderful to see so many families benefit from this great facility.”
Check our calendar of events HERE for workshops, family outings and much more!
Camp is FREE! However, we do charge a non-refundable registration fee of $25 for a single camper or $30 for 2+ campers.
During registration we require you to provide the name, drivers license #, relationship to child, address and phone number of anyone who will be picking up the child. If circumstance change and you must have someone outside of those listed in your registration form pick up the child, we require written permission from the parent/legal guardian that includes the above listed information.
We require that all parents stay from 10am-1pm for the family activity and lunch. After lunch between 1pm-4pm, you can either join parents in our respite room or leave the grounds until pick-up time.
No, groups are based on age.
At camp, we divide each camper up into groups based on age. Between 1pm -4pm each group will rotate in that days activity stations, which will all have activities that match the age group visiting.
My Play Club Summer Camp is a testament to the idea that when children with special needs play with other children of all abilities at a young age, it breaks down barriers that build a stronger community that they can grow in.
Furthermore, we at The Arc of Riverside County understand the importance of early intervention for children with special needs, which is why we have taken on the responsibility of providing young families the ONLY inclusive and educational summer day camp available in Riverside and San Bernardino County.
It is available to all children with special needs and their siblings ages 3-17
Camp is held at Reid Park in Riverside.
Address: 701 Orange St, Riverside, CA 92501
Since we began My play Club 3 years ago, we have strived to provide a safe and INCLUSIVE environment for children of all abilities and their siblings.
We accept all children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old.
Aside from playing on the playground, your child will be able to participate in crafts, games and get their face painted by Petals the Clown.
We understand your concern with bringing your child to a safe environment. We give each child and parent a My Play Club name tag that we ask you keep on the whole time, so that we and other parents can be aware of our participants.
We meet from 10:30am-1:00pm at the Kiosk closest to the Universally Accessible Playground.