Outdoors and Sports

Got a kiddo with a competitive streak?  We’ve got just what you’re looking for: a list of the best outdoor activities and sports programs for kids with differences and disabilities.  

Check out the programs below, and be sure to take a look at our article, “Activities for Kids with Differences and Disabilities in the Fort Worth Area.”

Know of an indoor play space that isn’t listed here? Send it to [email protected], and we’ll add it!

Acing Autism (Fort Worth) — This unique program is designed to help build connection and fitness amongst children with autism. It meets at the TCU tennis center on the weekends and classes run quarterly. The program directors are all trained and have their own personal connections to autism, and everyone else involved volunteers their time. Ratios are 1:1 or better. 

ASI Gymnastics Gymmie Kids — A strength- and motor-control-growing program tailored to children with disabilities with the goal of integration into a recreational gymnastics class.

Aqua Tots SNAP Class (Fort Worth) — Here’s an aquatic program for kids with disabilities. Not all children with autism struggle to swim, but many do for various reasons. Aqua-Tots is a great place to address those concerns in a safe environment.

Challenge Air (Dallas) — Give your child with differing abilities the opportunity to soar — to fly in a small plane, and possibly even help with the controls!

Encore School of Dance (Saginaw) — Here’s a co-ed class for kids with disabilities. All ages are welcome! Students will build confidence and improve motor skills.  

First Tee (Fort Worth) — While not specifically for children with autism or other disabilities, First Tee is a low-cost, relationship-based program that focuses on meeting the individual’s needs.

Fort Worth Zoo — All exhibits are accessible by wheelchair. Pro tip: Visit in the afternoon after the field trip groups have gone. The zoo is also offering a new sensory camp this summer for children with sensory sensitivities.

Fossil Creek Little League Challenger Division — This separate division enables boys and girls (ages four through 18) with physical and mental challenges to participate in baseball. Serves Haltom City, Keller, northeast Fort Worth, Saginaw, and Watauga.

All Star Equestrian Foundation (Burleson) — This non-profit is on a mission to improve physical, cognitive, and emotional fitness through therapeutic horseback riding, equine assisted activities, and occupational/physical hippotherapy. 

New Hope Equine Assisted Therapy (Argyle) — Therapeutic horseback riding services for people with a variety of disabilities, special needs, and challenges. Hippotherapy with summer camp and play day options available. 

Stars and Strides Stables (Weatherford) — A non-profit dedicated to the highest industry standards for safety and professionalism for individuals with special needs to reach their optimal outcomes. All our coaches are certified through PATH International. 

Victory Therapy Center (Roanoke) — Victory provides equine assisted services, including adaptive riding and clinical therapy incorporating hippotherapy, by utilizing relationships that our clients form with horses.

White Bridle Learning and Therapy (Keller) — Licensed, credentialed and highly trained ABA therapists, technicians and analysts work as a team to create and provide programs based on the needs of your child.

Wings of Hope (Cleburne) — Equine assisted services for children and adults with unique physical, mental, and emotional challenges. Partnering horses and humans for over 25 years.

Keller Soccer Association Miracle League — Children (ages five through 16) with mental and physical challenges can train in weekly sessions for a season-end scrimmage.

Miracle League DFW — Providing children and young adults the opportunity to play baseball regardless of their abilities. Rubberized turf field accommodates wheelchairs and other devices while helping to prevent injuries.

Miracle League of Parker County — Dedicated to promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities while educating the public and promoting a greater understanding.

Miracle League of Southlake — All games are two innings in length, every player gets to bat, and has a buddy to assist them and cheer them on. The last Player on the lineup gets a home run!

Special Olympics Texas —  This year-round program holds more than 300 local, regional, and state competitions. Divisions are based on age, gender, and ability level. Every participant receives a medal or ribbon following events. Events include summer, fall, and winter games, equestrian, sailing/kayaking, and flag football.

Spirit Xtreme REJOICE (Southlake) — Check out the coed cheer squad exclusively for children with disabilities. Boys and girls enjoy weekly practices, full uniforms, and competitions.

Urban Air Adventure Park — Check out your local park’s calendar to catch the next sensory-friendly jump. Enjoy time at the park without loud music or flashing lights.